At the forefront of a Carroll County baseball turnaround in 2018, senior Hayden Farmer has been rewarded as a first-team all-region selection.
Farmer, who helped lead the Cavaliers to their first 10-win season since 2011 and first regional playoff appearance since 2007, has been honored to the All-Region 4D First Team as well as the All-Three Rivers District First Team.
Farmer was Carroll County’s biggest power threat at the plate, leading the team with 19 RBIs and tying for a team-best two home runs. He also hit for average, batting .333 with 22 hits, third-most for a Cavalier team that finished the season with a 10-9 record.
Farmer also was second on the squad with five doubles and tied for second in runs scored with 13. In the field, he made just five errors in 109 chances at first base for a .954 fielding percentage. Carroll County head coach Kevin DeHaven said Farmer and fellow senior Nick Bell were major reasons for the Cavaliers’ big turnaround in 2018.
“Both Nick and Hayden this year have really stepped into the heart of the leadership role, which has helped out quite a bit and shown the younger guys how to go about things properly and being prepared in the ins and outs of every day in practice,” DeHaven said. “Some days we need to focus more and some days we can have more fun. They have done great filling that role for me and both have bought into trying to get that winning tradition back.”
Bell, junior pitcher Kyle Robinson and shortstop Jackson Hull each received All-Region 4D Honorable Mention accolades. Blake Stanley and Hull were both named to the All-Three Rivers District first team, while Robinson was a second-team all-district selection.
A junior, Stanley received first-team all-district honors after a stellar 2018 campaign. He led Carroll in doubles (6), batting average (.411), on-base percentage (.460) and slugging percentage (.625). Stanley also tied for the team lead in homers with two and was second in hits (23) and runs scored (13) and his 13 RBIs were third-best for the Cavaliers.
A freshman, Hull broke onto the scene in a big way in 2018, earning him first-team All-Three Rivers accolades as a utility player. He led the team in hits (27) and was second in RBIs (14), batting average (.391) and on-base percentage (.456). He also added two doubles, a triple and scored 11 runs.
Robinson played a huge part in Carroll winning 10 of its last 15 games as he assumed the role of the Cavaliers’ number one pitcher as the season progressed. A junior, Robinson was named to the All-Three Rivers second team after posting a 4-2 record with a 3.04 ERA. He led the team with 46 innings pitched in eight starts, surrendering 57 hits and 20 earned runs. He also struck out 32 batters while walking 17.
The future looks bright for Carroll as the Cavaliers return all but two players from the 2018 team.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN