Prep Talk | Area teams, players garnering national attention

March 13, 2013 

Three more Grand Strand baseball players have been named to another watch list for national awards, and more than likely, it's going to increase the visibility of more players moving forward.

Perfect Game, one of the more respected Web sites covering high school, college and professional baseball, named Conway seniors Jordan Gore and G.K. Young to its Honorable Mention Preseason All-America team this week.

Additionally, Gore - who has already signed with South Carolina, was named to that site's Atlantic Region first team. Young (signed with Coastal Carolina) was selected to the Atlantic Region second team. They were joined by Myrtle Beach catcher Wilson Wicker, who has committed to The Citadel as a preferred walk-on, was named to the honorable mention squad.

Those three join a list of other players and teams honored by MaxPreps in the past several weeks.

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On Tuesday, the Carolina Forest softball team moved into the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national softball rankings. The Panthers responded to the lofty ranking by making quick work of Region VI-AAAA foe West Florence. Carolina Forest beat the Knights 6-0 Tuesday night at home.

The Panthers are led by Alabama commitment Marisa Runyon, who in February was named to the MaxPreps Preseason All-American team.

Lastly, Conway pitcher Grant Holmes and Socastee center fielder Hunter Renfrow were each selected to MaxPreps' Top 50 Juniors List on Friday.

Runyon made national news as a sophomore when Alabama, considered one of the top college softball programs in the country over the course of the last decade, offered Runyon a full scholarship. She was obviously going to garner some respect from the national sites since all she's done is continue to dominate the local softball scene.

As for the baseball players, four of the five players above have either signed or verbally committed to highly respectable college programs (Holmes verbally committed to Florida last week). That certainly didn't hurt their chances of earning national mentions.

But what it's also going to do it pay dividends for other players. As anyone who follows recruiting can tell you, all it takes is schools looking at one or two players for others to get looks. Maybe those younger or previously unheralded players don't end up at a top-tier college, but that's not to say offers from smaller colleges won't follow.

Needless to say, having half a dozen players mentioned by national sites in a matter of weeks is only going to be a good thing as the April late signing period (for Class of 2013 players) and next November's early signing period (for this year's juniors) approaches.

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