Saturday, May 5, 2012

High Point, N.C.—North Greenville’s baseball season ended on Tuesday night but not before five of NGU’s players were honored with Conference Carolinas post-season accolades.

The Crusaders had five players make post-season teams including Drew Provence, Derek Fulmer, Allen Staton, Markus Duckworth, and Ryan Woodring. Three of the selections were senior starters for North Greenville.

Drew Provence, a senior hurler from Fayetteville, Georgia has been a constant in the weekend rotation for 3 years. The 2 time NCCAA pitcher of the year added another accolade to his shelf this season as he was named 1st Team All-Conference for the 2012 season. In 2012, Provence led the Crusader pitching staff with a 2.67 earned run average after allowing just 25 earned runs in 84.1 innings pitched. His sub 3 ERA was good enough for 4th in Conference Carolinas. Provence was also top five among Conference Carolinas pitchers with 73 strikeouts, good enough for 4th in the league.

Derek Fulmer will go down in the books as one of the best hitters in North Greenville history. In 2012, Fulmer was a fixture in the North Greenville lineup, as well as in the Conference Carolinas stat leaders. Fulmer was 3rd in the league with a .413 batting average, and 4th in the conference with 54 runs batted in. The dynamic senior from Pelion, South Carolina was honored with a 1st Team All-Conference selection after finishing the season with an NCAA leading 85 hits, and 3rd in the NCAA with 22 doubles. Fulmer was also named to the All-Tournament team following a 7-15 performance in the Conference Carolinas tournament.

Also getting the nod as 1st Team All-Conference is dynamic freshman Allen Staton. The 1st year second baseman was a spark for NGU all season leaping head first into his freshman campaign. Staton, who saw time at 2nd base, 3rd base, and pitcher, was second on the team with .388 batting average, which also ranked him 4th among all hitters in the league. He was also 9th in the conference with 46 runs batted in. He was 2nd on the NGU team with 15 doubles and 3rd on the team with 4 homers. Along with his 1st team selection. Staton was also tabbed as the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year.

Center fielder Markus Duckworth rounded out the selections for NGU position players with a 2nd Team All-Conference honor. The senior from Belmont, North Carolina pieced together a solid senior season, just a year removed from a season ending thumb injury. Duckworth was 3rd on NGU’s squad with a .332 batting average after spending the entire season in the leadoff spot for the Crusaders. He was North Greenville’s best base stealing threat in 2012 and ranked 5th in Conference Carolinas with 22. Duckworth charted 2 triples and 3 home runs in 2012 while leading the team with 31 free passes.

Saturday starter Ryan Woodring rounds out the selections for NGU with a 2nd Team All-Conference nod. With 7 wins under his belt in 2012, the right-hander from Asheville, North Carolina finished the season with a team best 79 strikeouts and a 3.09 earned run average. Woodring’s strikeout total ranks him 2nd in Conference Carolinas. His 7 “W’s” in 2012 were good enough to spot him 4th in the Conference Carolinas.