Caldwell Cobras (44-7) swept the Region 10 Division III Baseball individual awards and landed six players honored as First Team All-Region. In addition, the Cobras had four players named Second Team All-Region and two players earn a spot on the All-Defensive Team.
Third baseman Cole Hales (Carson HS/Faith, NC) was named the Region 10 Player of the Year. He had a .335 batting average for the season, with 39 RBI and 61 runs scored. He also drew 40 walks on the season (3rd in the nation) and had a .469 on base percentage.
Spencer Ledford (Bandys HS/Newton, NC) was named the Region 10 Pitcher of the Year. The right hander had 11 starts this season, going 9-0. He had a 2.94 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 64.1 innings of work.
Frank Pait was named Region 10 Division III coach of the year. He led the Cobras to the Region 10 Championship in the program’s second full season of competition. Under his leadership this season, the Cobras also achieved the number one ranking in the NJCAA Division III Baseball Poll (first top ranking in school history in any sport). Including the 2020 season that was canceled due to COVID, Caldwell has a record of 78-26 under Coach Pait, including 36-0 in Region 10 Division III regular season contests.
Infielders Hales and Mason Lyda, outfielders Breon Ishmael and Michael Logan, and pitchers Ledford and Seth Willis were named First Team All-Region. Lyda (West Henderson HS/Mills River, NC) had a .343 batting average with 47 RBI. Ishmael (South Meck HS/Mint Hill, NC) hit .385 on the season and led the team in homeruns (9) and RBI (51). Logan (Freedom HS/Morganton, NC) hit .336 on the season with 41 RBI. Willis (West Lincoln HS/Vale, NC) went 10-2 on the season with one save. His 10 wins tied him for first in the nation and he also led the nation in starts with 13. His ERA was 2.42 and he struck out 84 batters (8th in the nation).
Second Team All-Region selections included catcher Jacob Bebber, infielders Jermie Greene and Tyler Bradley, and pitcher Hayden Setzer. Bebber (Alexander Central HS/Taylorsville, NC) hit .353 with 40 RBI this season. Greene (Statesville HS/Troutman, NC) had an average of .310 with 42 RBI. Bradley (North Gatson HS/Bessemer City, NC) hit .348 with 45 RBI. Left handed pitcher Setzer (East Rowan HS/Salisbury, NC) was 8-0 this season with a 2.09 ERA and 66 strike outs.
Lyda and Logan were also named to the All-Defensive team.
Player of the Year: Cole Hales; Caldwell
Pitcher of the Year: Spencer Ledford; Caldwell
Coach of the Year: Frank Pait; Caldwell
First Team All-Region:
Catcher – Caeden Howell, Rockingham
Infielder – Will Gray, Surry
Infielder – Cole Hales, Caldwell
Infielder – Mason Lyda, Caldwell
Infielder – Will Michalowicz, Thomas Nelson
Outfielder – Breon Ishmael, Caldwell
Outfielder – Coty Locklear, Surry
Outfielder – Michael Logan, Caldwell
Pitcher – Spencer Ledford, Caldwell
Pitcher – Jonathan Todd, Rockingham
Pitcher – Seth Willis, Caldwell
Designated Hitter – Ethan McLain, Surry
Second Team All-Region:
Catcher – Jacob Bebber, Caldwell
Infielder – Tyler Butler, Thomas Nelson
Infielder – Jermie Greene, Caldwell
Infielder – Garrett Hamby, Surry
Infielder – Cam Lowke, Rockingham
Outfielder – Tyler Bradley, Caldwell
Outfielder – Zach Barco, Thomas Nelson
Outfielder – Justin Johnson, Thomas Nelson
Pitcher – Sawyer Osborne, Surry
Pitcher – Hayden Setzer, Caldwell
Pitcher – Pablo Veras, Thomas Nelson
Designated Hitter – Cole Fuller, Rockingham
Catcher – Kyle Brittain; Surry
First Base – Bryson Bebber; Surry
Second Base – Cam Lowke; Rockingham
Third Base – Will Gray; Surry
Shortstop – Mason Lyda; Caldwell
Outifelder – Michael Adams; Thomas Nelson
Outfielder – Gabe Duncan; Rockingham
Outfielder – Michael Logan; Caldwell
Pitcher – Brayden Adams; Surry