It didn't take long for Jason Borcherding to leave his mark on the Heritage baseball program and force tradition-rich Region 8-AAAA to take notice. Borcherding, in just his second year at the Conyers school, was named the region's coach of the year, while 14 players from its three county schools were named to the all-region team.
Borcherding, whose team won 18 games and reached the Class AAAA state playoffs, had six players receive all-league honors, led by first-teamers Phillip Kelley (second base), Dominic Bazzani (designated hitter) and right-handed pitcher Ryan Gasque, who went 7-0 with a 0.84 ERA against region opponents in 2012.
Heritage also had Georgia Southwestern College signee and infielder Jordan Martin and Reinhardt College signee and left-handed pitcher Luke Cathcart make the second team, while catcher Matt Reeves was an honorable mention selection.
"I've been very fortunate that I've got a good administration and a great coaching staff and a lot of great kids to be able to work with," said Borcherding. "You don't do those types of things by yourself. I had a great coaching staff and a great group of kids to work with this year."
Salem, which was one win away from the state playoffs, put a trio of players on the all-region team. Outfielder Zach Bailey as a first-team selection, while infielder Eric Bechet, headed to Savannah State and utility man Reed Hill made the second team.
Terrell McLaughlin joined Bailey amongst first-team outfielder selections as the Rockdale sophomore was one of five Bulldogs to be all-region picks. Ace hurler Aaron Barfield, a Young Harris College signee, infielder John Martin and designated hitter Matt Ward made the second team, while catcher Austin Jewell was an honorable mention selection.
Loganville, which just polished off the school's second state championship in five seasons, had the hitter of the year (Clint Frazier) and pitcher of the year (Garrett Ford).