Bahamian baseball players receive honors
A number of Bahamian baseball players in the United States high school system recently received post-season awards.
Theodore ‘Trae’ Sweeting, a catcher/outfielder with the Christ School Greenies, in Arden, North Carolina, was named North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) 3A All-State for the third consecutive year, Carolinas Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year for the third straight year, and the team’s Most Valuable Player for the third straight year.
Sweeting led all of western North Carolina with a .586 batting average this year and 34 stolen bases. He is currently awaiting the release of the 2013 All-Western North Carolina team selections. He was selected to the second team in 2011, and the first team in 2012.
Sweeting, who plays locally with the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN), has signed to play his college baseball with the Georgia State University Panthers next year. The Panthers play in the Sunbelt Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I.
Also, Bahamians Lance Edwards, Gerrio Rahming, Seberon Mackey and Perez Knowles helped lead the Rabun Gap Eagles to the 2013 CAA title. All four players were CAA All-Conference this year, Edwards for the second straight year. Edwards, who is in his junior year, plays locally in the Grand Bahama Amateur Baseball Association (GBABA). The shortstop/second baseman was also NCISAA 3A All-State this year, and set a Rabun Gap stolen bases record with 32 steals.
Outfielder/pitcher Rahming, also a junior, set a Rabun Gap home-run record this year with seven. He plays locally with JBLN. Right-hand pitcher/outfielder Mackey, a senior, has signed with the Jackson State University (JSU) Tigers for next year, joining Bahamians Desmond Russell, Stephen Curtis and Aneko Knowles. The Tigers play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in the NCAA Division I. Mackey plays locally in the GBABA.
Left-hand pitcher/first baseman Knowles, a junior, set a Rabun Gap walks record this year, with 29. He also plays locally in the GBABA.
The Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) congratulates these young men on their outstanding baseball seasons this year.