Nine members of the Millbrook Baseball team have been honored by the Cap-8 Conference for their performances during the 2016 season. The Wildcats finished the season 15-9 with a 10-3 mark in the conference. For a ninth straight season, the team qualified for the NCHSAA 4A State Baseball Playoffs.
Reid Herring was named the Conference Pitcher of the Year after throwing a team-high 47.1 innings pitched with a 3.25 earned run average. On April 6th, Herring threw his only complete game in a 5-0 victory at Heritage. That night, the East Carolina Football commit hurled a two hit shutout with 9 K's, one short of a 10 K performance two starts prior at Broughton. Reid Herring becomes the seventh pitcher in Millbrook Baseball history to be named Conference Pitcher of the Year joining Sam Brown, BJ Dail, Jake Harris, Eric Honeycutt, BJ Nobles, and most recently Alex Royalty who earned the honor last season. Harris is a Millbrook Hall of Famer, Brown and Dail were both selected in the MLB Draft, and Nobles and Royalty currently play Division-I Baseball.
The Cap-8 also named centerfielder Tyler Snead their Conference Co-Rookie of the Year. Snead will share the honors with Leesville Road's Landon Choboy after hitting .352 out of the leadoff spot with a triple, 4 stolen bases, and 12 RBI's. Tyler is the fifth player in Millbrook Baseball history to be named Conference Rookie of the Year as he joins Joe Gaetti, Nathan MacDonald, Daniel Smith, and BJ Nobles. Gaetti played minor league baseball for eight seasons, and Nobles is currently playing in the NCAA Tournament for Western Carolina.
Senior's Bryce Carnevale, Andrew Strickland, Ethan Banks, and Reid Herring earned 1st Team All-Conference merits. Carnevale, who finished his career with the most playoff wins of any player in program history led all qualified hitters on the team in batting average at a .393 clip, and he finished his career on a six game hitting streak. Strickland hit a team high 3 home runs this season including his only career multi-homer game in a 15-10 win at Northern Durham on March 23rd. Banks hit his way into the lineup coming out of spring break, and finished the year with a .286 average and one home run, along with a 3.14 ERA in 33.2 IP on the mound. At the plate, Herring hit .440 in 25 at-bats but where he shined brightest was on the mound where he went 5-1 in eight starts.
Junior's Cole Leneschmidt, and Dominic Rodts also took home first team honors, along with sophomore Tyler Snead. Leneschmidt pitched to the tune of a 3-2 record in 35.1 IP, and a 3.57 ERA. Rodts meanwhile was a steady force in the middle of the Millbrook order as he hit .301 in 2016 with 16 RBI's, and on the mound he threw 8.0 innings, while registering a 1.75 ERA. Snead led the team in hits, and he finished second in stolen bases.
Shortstop, Scott McKeon and catcher, Dennis Delgado were also recognized by the Cap-8 as members of their honorable mention, second team. McKeon, a Brunswick CC commit played all but two innings this season at shortstop, and he hit .224 with 10 RBI's. Delgado caught all but one game this year, and he only made one error behind the dish while throwing out 11 would-be base stealers. Dennis also did damage at the plate for the Wildcats as he hit .315, and drove in 9.
The seven first team all-conference members tie a program record for the most in a single season. The 1994 Millbrook Baseball team also had seven when Corey Richardson, Brad Pope, Wayne Ennis, Matt Williams, Mike Ewan, Bryant Dickinson, and Mike Hinchy received honors. The Cap-8 All-Conference awards are voted on by the Head Coaches of the eight teams in the conference.