Baseball: Panthers land three on D3.baseball.com All-South Region teams

Baseball: Panthers land three on D3.baseball.com All-South Region teams

The LaGrange baseball team had three players named to the D3baseball.com All-South Region teams as announced by the website Monday.

Junior third baseman Blake Butcher was a second team selection. Fellow juniors Cain Sauls and Tavin Thompson were placed on the third team.

Butcher, a Watkinsville, Ga. native,  was the USA South Player of the Year and a first team All-Conference selection. He led the USA South conference in slugging percentage (.659), hits (69), doubles (18), and total bases (114). Butcher also ranked in the top-five of the conference in batting average (.399), home runs (7), RBIs (44), and triples (3). In USA South games only, Butcher led the conference in slugging percentage, RBIs, extra base hits, and total bases.

Butcher started all 43 games at third base for the Panthers. He ranks in the top 5 on the team in 19 offensive categories. Butcher had a team-leading 21 multiple hit games, that includes a team season high five hits against Maryville on April 8. He also is the team leader with 11 multiple RBI games.

Sauls, a Carrollton, Ga. native, was third on the team in batting with a .346 average. He was a second team USA South All-Conference pick at first base. Sauls was second on the team with four home runs, while driving in 32 runs. He was also second on the team in total bases (81), slugging percentage (.500), and walks (27). Sauls tied for second on the team in multiple-hit games (17) and multiple RBI games (9). During the season, he had the second longest hitting streak of 12 games. 

Thompson, a Hogansville, Ga. native, was a second team USA South All-Conference selection at shortstop. He was second on the team in batting with a .370 batting average. Thompson led the team in runs (49), walks (31), on-base percentage (.497) and stolen bases (18). He was second on the team with 57 hits and was hit by a pitch a team-leading 10 times. Thompson had a 17-game hitting streak to start the season and reached safely in all 43 games. He tied for second on the team with Sauls with 17 multiple-hit games.