Tigerville – North Greenville’s Tucker Burgess added two more accolades to his resume over the past week as he was voted Pitcher of the Year for Hero Sports and a Third-Team All-American for the Rawlings American Baseball Coaches Association.
Likewise, Connor Grant was named All-Region while head coach Landon Powell tacked on a second Coach of the Year nod for the 2018 season.
Burgess finished the 2018 season leading the nation in wins with 14, which is the most wins by a starting pitcher across Divisions I and II. Burgess helped lead the Crusaders to a 46 – 10 record, matching the best winning mark in program history and had a perfect record in league starts at 8 – 0. The Liberty native was virtually un-hittable, surrendering a 2.97 earned run average across 17 – starts.
Over the season, Burgess posted 20th best strikeout to walk ratio in the nation, dealing 89 – k’s compared to just 15 – free passes. Teams batted just .266 against in 96.2 – innings pitched this season, allowing just 21 – extra base hits over that period. Two of his 17 – starts were complete game showings and one of which was a shutout.
Burgess added the All-American nod to a growing list of postseason credentials which including First-Team All-Conference honors, First Team All-Region for the NCBWA, Conference Commissioners Association, as well as the Rawlings All-Region team. Burges was also named Pitcher of the Year for Conference Carolinas.
The ABCA All-Region and All-American lists included 10 – players from Conference Carolinas as well as two from North Greenville. Connor Grant was also tabbed an All-Region performer by coaches as he earned a second-team nod from the region voters. Grant was part of a dangerous NGU line-up this season, which led the Crusaders to the NCAA postseason. Grant hit .367 on the season with 73 – hits including 13 doubles and 10 – homers, he was sixth in the conference in batting average and 10th in slugging percentage.
The Rawlings nod came with a first – team all-conference nod as well as a first-team Conference Commissioners okay. Grant also reeled in a College Baseball Writers first team selection.
Also honored for his work with the Crusaders this season is head coach Landon Powell who earned his second Coach of the Year honor for the 2018 slate. Powell earned the honor from the Conference Carolinas in late April but was also voted as the top skipper for the Southeast Region by the NCBWA.