Five Scots Recognized by USA South Baseball

Five Scots Recognized by USA South Baseball

Four Make Divisional Teams; One Sportsmanship

USA South Release

MARYVILLE – Maryville's last baseball at bat in the USA South saw the Scots land four on the All-West Division teams and one the All-Sportsmanship squad.

Second baseman Jimmy Meredith and starting pitcher Bryce Leonhardt earned All-West Division First Team selections, while shortstop Gabe Lopez and outfielder Nelson Smith were named to the Second Team. D.J. Cooper was the coaching staff's nomination for the All-Sportsmanship Team.

Meredith was the Maryville hit leader with 54 and the only Scot to play in all 38 games. The junior from Cape Coral, Florida, struck out just four times in a team-leading 154 at bats, and he leads the USA South and ranks fifth nationally with one strikeout every 36.5 at bats.

On the pitching side, Leonhardt led the USA South with 12 starts and finished 6-3 with a 3.72 ERA. Those 12 starts for the Tampa, Florida, sophomore are tops in the USA South and sixth nationally heading into the postseason.

Lopez from the leadoff spot filled up the stat sheet. He was top three on the team in batting average (.365), on-base percentage (.455), slugging percentage (.518), runs (34), home runs (5), walks (13) and stolen bases (13).

Smith, who won the J.D. Davis Award as Maryville's top male student-athlete and also starred for the Scots on the football field, was the team leader with 40 runs, 16 doubles, 19 stolen bases and a .635 slugging percentage.

Cooper appeared in 10 games, including one start, and fashioned a 2-0 record for Maryville. He struck out 23 batters in 19 and 2/3 innings against just 10 walks.