A total of nine players from Amanda Elzy and J.Z. George High School have been selected to the 24-player Region 3-3A All-District baseball team recently picked by the league’s head coaches.
Three players from Elzy and one from J.Z. George were tabbed for the first team, while three Jaguars and two Panthers made the second team.
Representing Elzy on the first unit are Dephabian Fant, Khyrus Jones and Deontae Neal. Fant, a junior shortstop/pitcher, hit .457 as he was 16-of-35 at the plate with two doubles and a triple. He drove in five runs, scored 16 and stole 29 bases.
Jones, a sophomore third baseman, hit .621 as he went 23-of-37 with six doubles, a triple and a home run. He also had eight RBIs.
Neal is a sophomore pitcher and first baseman. He hit .361 with one double and a triple. He drove in four runs, scored five and went 1-1 on the mound, striking out 15 in 16 innings of work.
He allowed 15 runs (eight earned), walking four.
J.Z. George’s representative on the first unit is sophomore pitcher Michael Bankston, who also played shortstop when not on the mound. He struck out 45 in going 3-4 for the Jaguars. At the plate, Bankston hit .310 with one home run and 11 RBIs.
The three Jaguars on the second team are Jacob Johnson, Robby Clunan and Kendrick Head. Johnson is a sophomore center fielder who hit .448 as he was 13-of-29 at the plate and stole 22 bases.
Clunan, a senior catcher, was a defensive stalwart behind the plate as he only made two errors and allowed just 19 passed balls in 21 games. At the plate, he hit .258 with a total of eight hits and drove in five runs. Head, a senior outfielder and pitcher, hit .375 with 16 stolen bases in his final year at J.Z. George.
The two Panthers on the second team are Deangelou Weatherall and Norman Polk. Weatherall, a sophomore pitcher, went 2-3 on the mound as he allowed 29 runs (15 earned), walked 14 batters and struck out 26 hitters.
Polk is a senior pitcher/infielder for the 6-12 Panthers, who were swept by South Pontotoc in the first round of the North 3A playoffs.
He hit .500 in limited action, recording two doubles, driving in six runs, scoring four and stealing four bases.
He was 1-2 and struck out nine on the mound.