Midway, Triton standouts earn all-state nods

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Posted 6/17/22

A pair of local baseball athletes were recently selected for all-state honors.

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Midway, Triton standouts earn all-state nods

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A pair of local athletes received all-state honors, as announced by the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association this week. 

Midway senior Nate Smith and Triton's Ross Stevens were among the select few of just over 100 athletes tabbed for the statewide list.

Smith, the current Daily Record Two-Way Player of the Year, excelled in his first season as lead pitcher while also continuing his efficiency at the plate.

On the mound, he posted a 6-1 record with a 1.49 ERA and 72 strikeouts. The Southeastern Athletic 2A Conference Player of the Year gave up just 12 earned runs all season.

Offensively, he posted a .353 batting average, 24 hits and a .500 slugging percentage, helping the Raiders claim a conference-best 11-1 record. The Fayetteville Tech Community College commit notched a hit in all but six games, ultimately concluding his prep career in the second round of this spring's North Carolina High School Athletic Association state playoffs. 

Smith is the program's first all-state nod since 2019 when former Midway, and current Campbell, pitcher Chandler Williford was selected. 

Stevens powered a Triton rebirth in 2022 as the team finished 18-8 overall – the program’s most victories since 2013 – while winning the inaugural All American Conference tournament championship. 

The junior infielder claimed top offensive honors for this year's All-Record Baseball Team after leading area hitters with a .564 batting average, .676 on-base percentage and .890 slugging percentage.

Stevens posted a base knock in all but four games, including 12 multi-hit contests, and finished his breakout season with 25 RBIs and 12 extra-base hits. The Hawks advanced to the second round of the state playoffs with a 9-4 win at Carrboro on May 10 with Stevens going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. 

He marks Triton's first all-state selection since Tyler Vaughn in 2015.

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