Zach Overholt and Bryce Jackson parlayed their stellar junior seasons into some post-season accolades. Both Panther baseball players were named to the All-Lakelands team, which is put together by the Index Journal at the end of each season.
Bryce Jackson, Panther starting shortstop and pitcher, was this year’s South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association’s Player of the Year. Jackson had a .318 batting average, while compiling a 1.71 earned run average from the mound. He regularly mowed down opposing batters with an overpowering 88-90mph fastball and a pace changing curve ball. Jackson was asked what all of these offseason awards and attention meant to him.
“Well first off it’s just a blessing to have received each and every one of the awards. It’s just and honor and feels great to know that all the hard work is paying off. I just thank my family, my team and coaches and most of all the head person of my life, God, because without him nothing would be possible. When you have a team full of brothers and good coaches and good fans it makes playing and having fun easy.”
Jackson plans on continuing his athletic career after high school, but hasn’t made any decisions as of yet.
“After high school ball I plan to play college baseball and/or football. I haven’t decided on which college yet, just kinda sitting back to weigh my options. But, to just be able to wake up and be blessed enough to play the sports I love, is just a blessing as well. When you have the creator of the world helping you every step of the way the sky’s the limit.”
Jackson has plenty of time to decide on colleges and to perfect his craft, as he is a rising senior and slated to be the starting quarterback for the Panthers this fall.
Zach Overholt was a huge contributor for the Panther baseball team this season as denoted by his All-Lakelands selection as well. Overholt hit .333 with a homer this season. The Panther centerfielder and pitcher used his speed in the field and a seriously nasty breaking ball to command his All-Lakelands selection. Overholt posted a 7-3 record on the mound this season. His 1.44 ERA was the team best and he added 77 strikeouts this season as well. Overholt was not available for comment as of the publishing of this article.
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