Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pinecrest's Maples vs. Rocky Mount's Moss

This past Thursday, Gatorade announced its 50 state winners for High School Baseball Player of the Year.

I was so hoping that Rocky Mount's Benton Moss, who I nominated for the award a few weeks ago, would become the Gryphons' third recipient of the coveted title. He'd be following in the footsteps of Rocky Mount greats Carter Harrell (2001) and Brian Goodwin (2008).

But the award went to senior pitcher/third baseman Dillon Maples from Southern Pines Pinecrest.

I have no idea how the voting went, but Moss had to have been a close second.

Check out below how their numbers compare! 

Both have signed with North Carolina and both are All-Americans, but Maples is a possible first-round Major League Draft pick. Moss, of course, also won the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC and might get drafted late as scouts will expect he'll pretty much head to Chapel Hill in the fall and will be fairly unsignable.

Benton Moss

Dillon Maples

9-1 Record 9-1
148 Ks 143
0.87 ERA 0.93
Inn. Pitched
.395 Batting Avg. .431
21 Runs scored 19
31 RBI 31
6 HRs            7       


Anonymous said...

His dad played on the team that knocked RM out of the State playoffs in 1979. They had two great pitchers...Tim Maples and Mike Antle. A one hitter for Pinecrest that night. Sorry to hear that Moss did not win the award, but I think he has enough awards to reflect upon...

rashun jones said...

These are two great BB players. UNC is in good hands for at least the next 3yrs. I didnt know either of them were such great hitters, especially(benton moss,following him for the last three yrs.). Thats on top of them being such dominant pitchers.