Carson, Jackson claim All-State baseball honors

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Newport News, Va. -- The Virginia Sports Information Directors voted two University of Lynchburg baseball players onto its College Division All-State team, VaSID announced Wednesday morning.

Freshman third baseman/right-handed pitcher Garrett Jackson (Virginia Beach, Va.) earned rookie of the year honors in the Commonwealth, while graduate student utility man Kinston Carson (Tappahannock, Va.) earned enough votes for a first-team spot.

It marks the first time since 2014 that Lynchburg has seen multiple players earn All-State honors.

Carson adds the All-State award onto a growing pile after his first season with Lynchburg; he already collected third-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference laurels to go with third-team selections on both the and American Baseball Coaches Association's All-South Atlantic Region squads.

He posted a conference-best 12.25 strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio and ranked third in the ODAC with a 3.12 over 43 ⅓ innings. Carson struck out a team-high 59 batters.

The Hornets' regular in right field when not on the mound, he hit .279 with one home run, 24 RBI and 16 stolen bases, along with a team-high 25 walks.

Jackson adds the top rookie honor to the same award from the ODAC. The Lynchburg third baseman hit in the middle of the order all year, compiling a .350 average with team-bests in hits (56), doubles (15), triples (4), home runs (3) and RBI (40). He was 2-1 on the mound in 13 appearances and was selected as the ODAC player of the week March 18.

He is the third player in program history to win the Commonwealth rookie of the year honor, following Brandon Miller in 2012 and Brock Shiflett in 2010.

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Lynchburg's baseball team finished the season with a 19-22 record and captured the No. 7 seed in the ODAC tournament.

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2019 VaSID College Division All-State Baseball Awards

Player of the Year: Nick DiNapoli (SS), Christopher Newport

Pitcher of the Year: Nick Roth (RHP), Randolph-Macon

Rookie of the Year: Garrett Jackson (3B/RHP), Lynchburg

Coach of the Year: John Harvell, Christopher Newport


First Team

C - Ryan Grubbs, Christopher Newport

1B - Nicholas Baham, Christopher Newport

2B - Joseph Cutchins, Christopher Newport

3B - Seth Woodard, Christopher Newport

SS - Nick DiNapoli, Christopher Newport

OF - Trey Hicks, Christopher Newport

OF - Jaylon Lee, Eastern Mennonite

OF - Luke Tyree, Marymount

DH - Matt Spagnolo, Hampden-Sydney

UTIL - Kinston Carson, Lynchburg

SP - Josh Husby, Christopher Newport

SP - Nick Roth, Randolph-Macon

SP - Michael Zubovich, Randolph-Macon

RP - Kevin Ledford, Roanoke

RP - Tyler Jumper, Christopher Newport


Second Team

C - Tim Ortega, Ferrum

1B - Jordan McDonough, Virginia Wesleyan

2B - Chase Counts, Hampden-Sydney

3B - Mike Nickles, Randolph-Macon

SS - Thomas Packert, Apprentice School

OF - Christian Hague, Mary Washington

OF - Jordan Mason, Christopher Newport

OF - Shawn Nickles, Randolph-Macon

DH - Eric O'Brien, Christopher Newport

UTIL - Austin Sizemore, Marymount

SP - Hank Biggs, Mary Washington

SP - Paul Jones, Apprentice School

SP - Jacob Pilarski, Virginia Wesleyan

RP - Gerard DePhillips, Shenandoah

RP - Thomas Packert, Apprentice School


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