Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Charlotte Christian has national player and coach of the year

Charlotte Christian pitcher Luke Bard was named the national baseball player of the year by the National Christian School Athletic Assocation, and Christian’s Greg Simmons is national coach of the year

Teammate Ty Linton, a junior outfielder, joined Bard on the first team.

Covenant Day infielder Hunter Grey and Charlotte Christian catcher Scott Glover were named to the NCSAA Southeast Super Region team.

Bard was 10-0 with a 0.31 earned run average, and limited opponents to a .111 batting average. He allowed only two extra-base hits, signed with Georgia Tech and was drafted in the 16th round by the Boston Red Sox. Bard hit three home runs and drove in 21 runs.

Linton, who has committed to North Carolina, batted .456 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs. He had a .922 slugging percentage and .541 on-base percentage. Simmons led the Knights (30-3) to their seventh N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A championship in eight years.

- Cliff Mehrtens