Former Clarksville High baseball standout and Vanderbilt signee Donny Everett and former Ravenwood standout Bryce Denton added to their list of accolades with some national recognition this week.
Everett, who was Player of the Year on the The Tennessean’s 2015 All-Midstate team, was named a CBS MaxPreps First-Team All-American, adding another notch to a belt that already includes Class AAA Mr. Baseball and the Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year selection.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound pitcher finished the season with a 9-1 record, posting a 0.92 ERA with 118 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings while batting .412 with 34 RBIs and 32 runs at the plate. His lone loss on the mound came in the Wildcats’ 1-0 Class AAA sectional loss to Hendersonville.
He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 29th round of the MLB draft but is expected to honor his committment to play baseball for Vanderbilt next season.
Denton was also chosen as a CBS MaxPreps All-American selection as a second-team utility player on Wednesday after picking up a ABCA/Rawlings High School All-Region award and being named to the ABCA/Rawlings High School All-America First-Team on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder batted .476 with 34 RBIs and 21 extra-base with a .596 on-base percentage while earning All-Midstate first-team honors. Primarily an infielder, Denton also finished the season with a 6-0 pitching record posting a 1.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings.
Denton also signed with Vanderbilt but decided to pursue his professional career sooner rather than later after being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round and inking his name to $1.2 million deal.
Denton wasn’t the only Raptor to garner national recognition this week.
Ravenwood baseball coach Teddy Craig was named one of ABCA/Diamond Regional’s High School Division I Coaches of the Year.
Denton and Craig helped lead the Raptors to a 26-8 record and a Class AAA state tournament berth where they fell to state runner-up Farragut.
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