Last week was a long time coming for Jason McMillan and the Cherokee baseball team.
The Braves (1-5, 1-5) broke a 28-game losing streak that dated back to March 2012, and they did it by beating Andrews, 5-4, in extra innings.
McMillan is the latest Citizen-Times/Western North Carolina Baseball Player of the Week, while Madison senior Baylea Loven is this week’s softball winner.
McMillan, who is a junior shortstop, was 6-for-9 in games played last week with four runs scored. He was 4-for-4 in stolen-base attempts and leads Cherokee for the season with five steals.
Loven went 8-for-10 with three home runs (one grand slam) and 15 RBIs in Western Highlands Conference wins by the Patriots (4-1, 3-0) over Hendersonville and Owen. Her big week in softball came just days after the outfielder was named the most valuable player of the March 21 Blue-White All-Star basketball game.
Honorable mention for this week’s baseball award goes to Asheville High’s Jared Patterson and Devin Mangum, Cherokee’s Menoch Grant, Hayesville’s Connor Thompson and Murphy’s Jacob Clark and Royce Peterson who were also nominated by Citizen-Times readers.
Cherokee’s Hye Long and Dora Crowe, Enka’s Mariah Foxworth, Hiwassee Dam’s Kameron Forrister, North Buncombe’s Samantha Harwood and Tuscola’s Allison Plafcan were also nominated for the softball award.
One player from each sport will be selected every week by the Citizen-Times, and readers may take part in the process by nominating players who they think are deserving (please note that number of votes cast will not necessarily determine the winners).
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