A selection to the Virginia High School League All-State baseball team has capped an incredible senior season for Carroll County’s Hayden Farmer.
Farmer, who helped guide Carroll County to its first 10-win season since 2011 and first regional playoff appearance in 11 years, has been voted to the VHSL Class 4 All-State Second Team. Farmer is the first Carroll County baseball player to earn all-state honors since Matt Hall made it as a catcher in 2004.
“He deserved it. He worked his tail off once he got out of football. He lifted with us on the weekends and in his spare time he worked with Kirk Goodson in King (N.C.) on pitching and hitting,” Carroll County head coach Kevin DeHaven said of Farmer, who also played the last three summers with the American Legion Post 59 baseball team from Christiansburg. “He bought into the system we were trying to put in place and it paid off for him. He bought in 100 percent and was one of our leaders.”
While Farmer worked on his pitching in the offseason, DeHaven said he needed the big right-hander to stay at first base because of his defensive value at the position. For the season, Farmer committed just five errors in 109 chances for a .954 fielding percentage.
“He was too valuable to move away from first base,” DeHaven said. “To only make four or five errors in over 100 chances is pretty impressive.”
Farmer was also the Cavaliers’ most powerful hitter 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 on the team in runs scored with 13.
Farmer plans to attend East Tennessee State University and hopes to walk on the baseball team.
VHSL Class 4 All-State Baseball
Pitcher – E.A. Woolwine, Jamestown, Sr.; Pitcher – Tristan Snyder, Louisa, Sr.; Pitcher – Christian Gordon, Liberty Christian, Sr.; Catcher – Wesley Clarke, LCA, Sr.; 1B – Cody Willis, Powhatan, Sr.; 2B – Pell Collins, LCA, Jr.; 3B – Alec Rudolph, Millbrook, Sr.; SS – Blaze O’Saban, Fauquier, Sr.; OF – Justin Bowers, Grafton, Sr.; OF – Tomas Sanchez, Dinwiddie, Sr.; OF – Tyler Casagrande, Riverside, Sr.; DH – Justin Hanvey, Woodgrove, Sr.; Utility – Zachary Donovan, Dinwiddie, Sr.
Player of the Year – Wesley Clarke, Liberty Christian
Coach of the Year – Matt O’Saben, Fauquier
Pitchers – Jack Dragum, Hanover, Sr.; Trenton Tiller, Powhatan, Sr.; Nick Lockhart, Woodgrove, Jr.; Catcher – Logan Amiss, Powhatan, Sr.; 1B – Hayden Farmer, Carroll County, Sr.; 2B – Baylor Cumbea, Midlothian, Sr.; 3B – Jack Daszkowski, Grafton, Jr.; SS – Quade Tomlin, LCA, Soph.; OF – Nick Rini, Powhatan, Sr.; Jackson Cherry, Jefferson Forest, Soph., Chris Remington, Pulaski County, Jr.; DH – Noah Zook, Patrick Henry, Sr.; Utility – Carson Swank, Riverside, Jr.
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