West Brunswick baseball team celebrates championship season

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The West Brunswick High School baseball team celebrated its conference championship during its awards banquet May 29 in the school cafeteria.

Coach Mike Alderson, the Mideastern Conference Coach of the Year, noted the Trojan baseball team was the first WBHS team to win a conference title since WBHS has been in the conference. The Trojans finished 9-3 in the conference and 20-7 overall.

What was more important, he said, was the team had a grade-point average of 3.0.

Four Trojans were recognized for making first team all-conference.

Wally Kamfolt (a rising senior) batted a team-high .459 with a team-high 30 RBIs. His 39 hits were the most on the team. He struck out only six times in 106-plate appearances. He had an on-base percentage of .535 and a slugging percentage of .671. The infielder was credited with only two errors in 58 chances (.978), best on the team. He was runner-up for conference MVP.

Kamfolt also won the Trojans’ Batting Average Award.

Pat Kamfolt (a rising senior) batted .416, second highest on the team, and had 16 RBIs. The infielder had an on-base percentage of .505. He scored a team-high 36 runs. His 37 hits were the second-most on the team.

Josh Powell (a rising senior) batted. .342 with 20 RBIs and a team-high four home runs. Powell, a catcher, also won the Trojans’ Coach’s Award. The award goes to someone, Alderson said, “who goes beyond the call of duty and works his tail off to make himself better throughout the year.”

Ethan Cox (a graduating senior) was 5-1 with a 1.90 ERA. In 70 innings, he struck out 82 and walked 19.

Alderson also said UNC Asheville has made an offer to Cox to play baseball at the university.

Ryan Hill made second team all-conference. A center fielder, he batted .348 with 12 RBIs. He had 32 hits. He stole a team-high 19 bases and caught stealing just three times.

Hill also won the Trojans’ Golden Glove Award.

The Trojans finished 20-7 and reached the third round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

Evan Ponds and Joey Granados were voted team captains. Four-Year awards went to Cox and Aaron Evans.

Alderson thanked junior-varsity coach William Powell and varsity assistant Marshall Cooper. He said he would miss Sam Frink, the team’s statistician.

Alderson also thanked faculty members for their work at the admissions gate, principal George Kelly for his support of the program, Keith Hatcher for operating the public-address system and Mrs. Hawkins for operating the concessions.

Alderson also thanked his wife, Phebie, for, as he said, putting up with him after the losses.

MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at sports@brunswickbeacon.com.