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Three area baseball players on all-region first team, Borcherding named COY

The Heritage baseball team had a fine 2014 season and plenty of Patriots were rewarded when the Region 8-AAAAA team was announced recently.

Six Heritage players were named to the first and second teams, while Patriots skipper Jason Borcherding, who guided his team to 18 wins and a berth in the Class AAAAA state playoffs, was named the league’s coach of the year. Heritage, which earned the No. 3 seed in a region that includes perennial state power Loganville and Gainesville, which reached the state final four, was one win from the round of 16, losing in three games to Stephenson in the opening round.

Outfielder Ryan Sutton and right-handed pitcher Tyler Holcombe were each given first-team honors, capping excellent senior seasons and fine careers.

“As seniors (Sutton and Holcombe) should be guys that lead us,” said Borcherding. “Both of them had great years. Not only did Tyler have a great year on the mound but he also led us in hitting. They stepped up…extremely happy for both of those guys.”

A quintet of Patriots made the second team in Domenic Bazzani (as both a pitcher and an infielder), infielders Isreal Zackery and Justin Roberson and outfielder Freddie Bryant. Holcombe, who along with Bazzani are signed to play with Georgia Perimeter College next season, also made the second team as an outfielder.

“I’m extremely happy for our kids, being the no. 3 seed, to have six kids on the all region team, it’s a credit to the kids work ethic,” Borcherding said. “It’s not that we weren’t talented last year, we should’ve won a lot more games than we did (but) we were right there on the cusp. For our guys to be motivated by it, and then get better because of it, was awesome. It’s great to see.”

Salem’s Jordan Scott capped a fine junior season as the center fielder was named a first-team all-league selection. Also receiving all-region honors for Salem was second-team selection and infielder Ndiayemon Harrison.