Georgia Dugout Preview Magazine Players of the Year

Posted 6/3/17

Etowah outfielder Drew Waters is the Georgia Dugout Preview Magazine's 2017 state player of the year.


Just a week after helping the Etowah Eagles win the Class 7A state baseball championship, outfielder Drew Waters has been named the Georgia Dugout Preview Magazine's 2017 Player of the Year.
Last week, the outfielder was named the Gatorade Player of the Year.
Waters headlines the magazine's list of players of the year by classification.
Other players of the year are Pope's Jared Miller (Class 6A), Loganville's Joseph Brandon (Class 5A), Marist's Chris Cathcart (Class 4A), North Hall's Taber Mongero and Reese Olson (Class 3A), Jeff Davis' Cody Ogilvie (Class 2A), Schley County's Will Barry (A-Public) and Savannah Christian's Zack Brockman (Class A Private)
The magazine also named its coaches of the year which include Etowah's Greg Robinson (7A), Pope's Jeff Rowland (6A), Loganville's Jeff Segars (5A), Marist's Mike Strickland (4A), North Hall's Trent Mongero (3A), Jeff Davis' Paul Glass (2A), Schley County's Chuck Cheek (A-Public) and Savannah Christian's Carl Carter (A-Private)
Waters played a key role in helping Etowah, which finished as the fourth seed from Region 4, roll to the school's first state baseball championship. The Georgia signee batted .510  with 15 doubles, four triples, 15 homers and 41 RBIs.
He is ranked as one of the nation's top prospects by Perfect Game and is expected to be a high draft pick in the June Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Miller was key in helping Pope win the Class 6A state title. The third baseman batted .416 with 12 doubles, six triples and 35 RBIs.
Brandon was the ace on a strong Loganville pitching staff who saved his best for the postseason. He finished with a 7-4 record and a 0.85 ERA with a pair of losses to eventual Class 7A champion Etowah. He hurled a one-hitter against Starr's Mill in the semifinals and lost. He tossed two no-hitters during the season, including one in Game 1 of the state championship series against Wayne County.
Marist made a strong postseason push after finishing just 15-14 during the regular season. The War Eagles topped Blessed Trinity to win the Class 4A title. A major reason was because of Cathcart, who batted .386. He wasn't known for his power, but his defense and his bat were always consistent.
In Class 3A, a pair of North Hall players shared player of the year honors. Mongero hit .483 during the regular season, then batted .452 in the postseason. He was also the winning pitcher in North Hall's pivotal Game 3 against Pace Academy in the first round.
Olson was 13-1 on the mound with a 1.40 ERA. He went 5-0 during the postseason.
In Class AA, Ogilvie was unbeatable on the mound. He finished with a 13-0 record with a 0.81 ERA and allowed just 10 earned runs this year.
Will Barry's performance this season helped Schley County win the Class A Public School championship. As an infielder, he batted .496 with 10 doubles, six homers and 48 RBIs. He struck out just four times.
Barry also went 8-0 on the mound with a 0.58 ERA.
In the Class A Private School division, Savannah Christian's Zack Brockman did a little of everything to help the Raiders win the state championship.
Brockman was the team's ace pitcher, going 13-1 with four saves and a 0.64 ERA. He struck out 134 and allowed just nine earned runs on the season.
At the plate, Brockman batted .372 with 10 doubles, two triples and 24 RBIs.
Robinson guided Etowah, who finished as the fourth seed from Region 4, to the school's first state baseball championship. It was Robinson's first as a coach since leading Milton to a title in 2004
Rowland used a strong pitching staff to help Pope roll to its third state championship in the past nine seasons.
Segars guided Loganville, who finished as the state runner-up in 2016, to the school's third state championship.
Strickland helped Marist top region rival Blessed Trinity to win its GHSA-best 13th state championship.
In Class AAA, Trent Mongero guided the Trojans to their first state championship in the 60-year history of the program.
Glass helped Jeff Davis back to the state championship series for the first time since 2004. The Jackets claimed the school's first baseball title.
Cheek helped Schley County win its second championship in three seasons, while Hall of Fame coach Carter led Savannah Christian to its first title.




Players of the year in each classification include, Top row (l-r), Pope's Jared Miller (Class 6A), Loganville's Joseph Brandon (Class 5A), Marist's Chris Cathcart (Class 4A) and North Hall's Taber Mongero (co-Class 3A). Bottom row (l-r), North Hall's Reese Olson (co-Class 3A, Jeff Davis' Cody Ogilvie (Class 2A), Schley County's Will Barry (Class 1A Public) and Savannah Christian's Zack Brockman (Class 1A Private).