Will Maddox and Sloan Strickland were just two reasons behind Gainesville High’s successful season in 2010, and according to the coaches in Region 7-AAA, they were the best at what they did.
Maddox and Strickland were named Co-Players of the Year on Monday following a year when they helped lead the Red Elephants to a 28-5 record and a trip to the quarterfinals of the Class AAA playoffs.
Maddox hit .487 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs, while Strickland hit .382 with eight home runs and 53 RBIs for Gainesville. Strickland, a senior, also threw out a school-record 22 of the 41 attempted base stealers.
White County junior David Sosebee was named Pitcher of the Year after going 7-1 with 101 strikeouts and a 0.76 ERA for the Warriors.
Fellow White County player, Luke Crumley was named to the infield and pitching first-team, which also consisted Sosebee, Gainesville freshman Hunter Anglin, Lambert junior Eric Reagan and Creekview junior Reagan O’Briant.
The double-play tandem of Gainesville’s K.J. McAllister and Maddox highlight a first-team infield that contains Crumley, Creekview’s Christian Van Camp, Lambert’s Caden Bailey and West Forsyth’s Chris Rubessa.
Outfielders Max Everitt (West Hall), Chad Fulton (Lumpkin County), Brock Maxwell (Lambert), Dillon Mulkey (Creekview) and Tommy Ferguson (West Forsyth) were also named to the first-team.
The Region 7-AAA second team consists of infielders Drew Adams (East Hall), Anglin, Jonathan Whitehead (Lumpkin County), Sosebee and North Hall’s Jacob Brewster and Chris Stevens.
Outfielders Cory Sanderson (Flowery Branch), Stephen Mason (Gainesville), Jackson Coker (North Hall) and Zack Schlosser (Lambert) also made the second team.
Brewster, Mason and Van Camp also made second team for their work on the mound this year, as did Gainesville’s David Gonzalez and Lambert’s Micah Mabe.
Players were nominated by the coaches and the selection process was done by votes from head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.