McDowell Titans senior baseball standouts Brycen Seymore and Josh Maddux had magnificent seasons on the diamond, and both were rewarded with selections to the All-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference team in voting by the league’s coaches.
It was the first appearance on the all-conference team for Seymore, a shortstop and pitcher, and Maddux, a versatile utility player and leadoff hitter.
Both were key members of a McDowell team that finished 16-10.
Seymore, who batted in the No. 3 spot all season, led the team in batting average (.420), slugging percentage (.630), OPS (1.186), doubles (9), home runs (2), runs batted in (28), extra-base hits (12) and stolen bases (10). He was second on the club in on-base percentage (.557), hits (34) and runs scored (32). He also had a triple, 18 walks and a .922 fielding percentage with only five errors all season.
On the mound, Seymore, who has signed to play at Virginia Wesleyan University, led the team in innings pitched (58 1/3) and complete games (4), and tied for the team lead in wins, finishing 5-4. His ERA of 3.24, WHIP of 1.44 and 41 strikeouts were all second on the squad. He had one shutout and no-hit Freedom over six innings in a 1-0 loss Apr. 30.
Maddux, who split time at various infield spots after playing exclusively in center field the previous year, became the leadoff hitter eight games into the season and helped spark an upswing for the Titans, who had gotten off to a 2-4 start.
Maddux led the team in hits (35) and runs scored (34) and tied for the team lead with two triples. He was second on the club in hitting (.350), slugging percentage (.480), doubles (6), stolen bases (9) and extra-base hits (9), and tied for second in home runs (1). He had an OPS of .884, third-best on the team, and drove in 14 runs.
Joining Seymore and Maddux on the All-NWC list were South Caldwell’s Austin Raynor, Jarrett Pritchard, Ian Moretz, Clay Canale, Isaac Bush, Curtis Massagee, Hunter Ingle, Sam Rosario and Owen Foxx; Watauga’s Tanner Craft, Andrew Dye, Anderson Castle, Travis Hamrick and Alex Dye; Freedom’s Lyle Holland, Brandon Pieto and Tristan Robinson; West Caldwell’s Holden Triplett; Hickory’s Williams Stewart and Bryce Stober; St. Stephens’ J.D. Everett; and Alexander Central’s Bryson Hammer, Byron Younts, Dawson Elder, Easton Rhoney, Jacob Bebber, Maddox Kerley, Seth Sigmon and Kade Smith.
Noticeably absent from the team was McDowell senior pitcher Juan Campos, who went 5-3 with a 1.91 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings of work.
Canale, a senior right-hander, was named Pitcher of the Year after going 8-2 with a .37 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings of work. He had four complete games, two shutouts and a no-hitter.
The Player of the Year was Younts, a senior third baseman who hit .369/.472/.547 with 31 hits, 18 runs, 22 RBIs, seven doubles and two homers.
South Caldwell’s Jeff Parham and Alexander Central’s Pete Hardee were co-Coaches of the Year. The gutsy Parham rebounded from an offseason heart attack in Nov., 2018, to lead South (22-6) to the NWC regular-season championship and the fourth round of the State 3A Playoffs. Hardee’s Cougars (23-8) finished second in the regular season and beat South Caldwell in the conference tournament championship.
Lady Titans senior midfielder/forward Lyric Fletcher was the lone McDowell player to make the all-conference team.
Fletcher led the Lady Titans in shot attempts with 43, tied for second on the club in assists with three, and was third on the club in goals with seven.
Hickory’s Izzi Wood was named Player of the Year, while her teammate, Lauren Hayes, was named the league’s top defender and Hickory coach Brian Jillings was named Coach of the Year after leading his team to a tie for the regular-season championship with Watauga. Watauga’s Lily Suyao was Offensive Player of the Year.
Track and Field
McDowell sophomore Cierra Flack was the only MHS athlete to finish in the top two in her event at the conference championships, giving her all-conference status.
Flack placed second in the NWC in the shot put, and went on to finish third in the event at the West Regionals with a throw of 36 feet, 11.25 inches. Flack, McDowell’s only State 4A qualifier, did not place at the state meet.
Note: By a league-wide agreement, all-conference teams in a given sport are not released to the media until all teams have finished playing in the postseason. Heading into the weekend, South Caldwell’s softball team was still active. The softball all-conference team will be released when the Lady Spartans are finished with their season.