The 2022 All-County Baseball Team is chosen through a combination of statistics, personal observation and coaching suggestions. Final decisions are made by News-Herald sports writer Timothy Belin. He can be contacted at 865-635-0841 or timothy.belin@news-herald.net.

Drake Randolph

Lenoir City, Senior

No player epitomized Lenoir City’s success this season better than Drake Randolph. Having joined the baseball team his freshman year, Randolph was a starter in a struggling Panthers team but came into his own as the program found new life with the arrival of now second-year head coach Aaron Simmons.

In his final year of high school, Randolph became an undisputed leader for the team as they swept district and region titles. Serving as lead-off batter throughout the campaign, he ended the season with a .400 batting average, 40 runs, 22 stolen bases and 18 RBIs.

Splitting time between shortstop and pitcher, he was also his team’s most effective player on the mound. He got six wins, one loss and one save, pitching 56 innings for a 1.2 ERA, 98 strikeouts and only nine walks.

Randolph was named to District 5-3A’s All-District team as the District MVP and will continue playing baseball at Cleveland State Community College. He is the All-County Player of the Year.

Braxton Roberts

Loudon, Senior

Loudon’s first-choice pitcher since his junior year, Braxton Roberts made it a season to remember in his final outing for the Redskins. A true competitor who commands three pitches extremely well, the senior was the driving force behind Loudon’s run to the state tournament.

In 76.1 innings, Roberts threw 106 strikeouts and gave up only 60 hits for 24 earned runs, finishing the season with a 2.201 ERA and 1.231 WHIP.

His walk-up song might have gotten most of the attention when he was at the plate, but Roberts was also a reliable hitter. He notably proved himself a master of the bunt, pulling off several in high-stakes situations.

Roberts was named to District 3-2A’s All-District Team as the Co-Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot in the TBCA Class 2A All-State Team. He will continue playing baseball at Carson-Newman University.

Kooper Williams

Greenback, Sophomore

Kooper Williams built on a strong freshman year to become one of Greenback’s most reliable players, leading the team is several categories.

Always in the top third of the lineup, he was a mainstay on the bases for the Cherokees with a .609 on-base percentage and .512 batting average. His 44 hits this season earned him 30 RBIs, while he added another 33 runs himself.

He was also an effective starting pitcher and outfielder.

Williams was named to District 4-1A’s All-District team as the District MVP.

Brady Allison

Greenback, Sophomore

Brady Allison served as Greenback’s lead-off hitter all season. With a .360 batting average, .496 on-base percentage and 17 stolen bases, he set the stage for the Cherokee’s offense and garnered 41 runs. His 32 hits were also good for 17 RBIs.

A shortstop and relief pitcher, he pitched 12 innings with a 4.15 ERA. Still just a sophomore, Greenback fans can expect even better from Allison next season.

He earned a spot in the District 4-1A All-District Team.

Evan Anderson

Lenoir City, Senior

Evan Anderson capped off high school as one of Lenoir City’s most consistent performers. He ended the season with a .378 batting average, adding 26 RBIs.

Leading the team with 111 at-bats, Anderson had 42 hits on the year, including 10 doubles and three triples, and stole an additional 15 bases on his way to 32 runs.

Anderson earned a spot on the District 5-3A All-District Team.

Nolan Bethel

Loudon, Freshman

Loudon may be losing one of the best pitchers in the state, but they already have his long-term replacement lined up in Nolan Bethel. In his first year for the Redskins, Bethel pitched 43.2 innings across 14 games, starting seven.

With a heavy fastball complemented by an exceptional curveball, Bethel threw 55 strikeouts and limited Loudon’s opponents to just nine earned runs in his time on the mound, including pitching a no-hitter against county rival Greenback.

Bethel ended the season with a 1.443 ERA and 1.260 WHIP and is expected to be the Redskins’ first-choice pitcher for the next three years.

Jayden Capshaw

Loudon, Freshman

Jayden Capshaw already proved age didn’t matter when he emerged as a standout on Loudon’s basketball team as a freshman and he has now done the same in baseball.

The Redskins’ designated hitter, he proved worthy of the role with the team’s second-highest batting average and on-base percentage, .314 and .485, respectively, as well as a .529 slugging percentage. He recorded 16 RBIs in 16 hits, including two home runs. One long ball was during the state tournament.

Though consistent throughout the year, Capshaw truly found his mark at the end of the season to give the Redskins that extra push in the postseason. His role on the team will only increase with time and experience, and he could prove crucial to Loudon’s hopes of returning to state next year.

Jordy Carroll

Lenoir City, Senior

After wining the team MVP in the football season, Jordy Carroll demonstrated he is just as talented on the baseball field in his final season as a Panther.

Bouncing back from a complicated junior season, he became a standout performer for Lenoir City on the way to a historic sectional run.

Batting in the top of the lineup, Carroll maintained a .400 batting average, with 34 RBIs in 42 hits. His athleticism also helped him steal 28 bases and add 37 runs.

Though primarily an outfielder, Carroll also served as a pitcher. He came on as the closer in several tight games, most notably the Region 3-3A championship victory. In 21 innings pitched, he recorded a 3.2 ERA, with 17 strikeouts.

Carroll was named to the District 5-3A All-District Team as the Offensive Player of the Year and will play baseball at Roane State Community College.

Brady Collins

Greenback, Junior

The team’s “unsung hero,” according to Greenback head baseball coach Justin Ridenour, Brady Collins was quietly consistent all season. Throwing right but batting left, he was equally as impressive on the mound as at the plate and was a leader for a young Cherokees team as one of only five upperclassmen.

Collins ended the season with a .329 batting average, 30 runs, 28 hits and 23 RBIs. In 47.2 innings pitched, he maintained a 4.15 ERA and threw five strikeouts for a 8-2 record.

Collins earned a spot in the District 4-1A All-District Team.

Noah Graves

Greenback, Freshman

Though only a freshman, Noah Graves established himself as the Cherokees’ starting catcher and a big-moment player, delivering multiple game-winning hits.

Batting in the top of the lineup all year, he maintained a .302 batting average, with 30 RBIs and 19 runs in 29 hits. He should be a key player for Greenback for the next three years.

Graves was named to the District 4-1A All-District Team as the Newcomer of the Year.

Drew Henry

Lenoir City, Sophomore

A reliable catcher and outfielder, Drew Henry showed plenty to be excited about in only his second season for the Panthers. He maintained a .296 batting average, getting 18 RBIs in 29 hits, and stole 18 bases on his way to 27 runs.

Henry earned a spot on the District 5-3A All-District Team.

Caden Lawson

Greenback, Sophomore

After wining District Pitcher of the Year in his freshman season, Caden Lawson repeated the feat the second time around.

The undisputed first choice on the mound for the Cherokees, he was the go-to pitcher in big games and usually delivered. In 51.1 innings pitched, he achieved 78 strikeouts and gave up only 14 earned runs for a 2.45 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.

Lawson was named to the District 4-1A All-District Team as the District Pitcher of the Year.

Jacob Meade

Loudon, Junior

Loudon’s starting catcher, Jacob Meade proved invaluable to the Redskins by catching 206 out of 258 innings this season.

His influence did not end there, however, as LHS head baseball coach Jason Lambert described him as “possibly the most clutch hitter on the team, coming up with the big hits when it mattered. Meade ended the season 33 hits in 109 at-bats, a .303 batting average worth 26 RBIs and 14 runs.

Meade earned a spot on the District 3-2A All-District Team.

Grayson Vincil

Lenoir City, Junior

Lenoir City’s most powerful hitter, Grayson Vincil was the Panthers’ cleanup hitter and most consistent batter. He achieved a .404 batting average, with 40 RBIs in 38 hits, including three home runs. Though he was usually replaced by a courtesy runner once on base, he still managed 10 runs this season.

Vincil earned a spot on the District 5-3A All-District Team.

Jaxon Walker

Loudon, Sophomore

Jaxon Walker made waves when he received an offer from and committed to the University of Georgia before ever hitting a ball at the high school level. Now halfway through his Redskins career, he has shown exactly why the Division I school was so eager to recruit him.

In 113 at-bats, Walker recorded 42 hits, including five home runs. With a .372 batting average, .545 on-base average and .646 slugging percentage, he led the team’s offense and achieved 52 runs and 25 RBIs.

Walker was similarly impressive on the mound and found his role as the team’s closer by the end of the season. He successfully came in for Loudon’s district championship, region championship and sectional wins, not giving up a run in any of those three games. Overall, in 28.1 innings pitched, Walker threw 58 strikeouts and gave up 10 earned runs for a 2.471 ERA and 1.588 WHIP.

Walker earned a spot on the District 3-2A All-District Team.

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