USC baseball signee Mikal Hill led Mallard Creek (N.C.) to the I-Meck Conference championship Monday, beating Mooresville 10-0 at UNC Charlotte.
Hill, a standout shortstop, has been stellar for the Mavericks (20-6) this season. In 25 games, he is batting .486 with 19 RBIs, 33 runs scored, 11 doubles and three home runs. He has a .582 on-base percentage and is slugging .771. He has struggled defensively at times, committing 13 errors in 25 games.
However, his leadership has helped the Mavericks emerge as a Class AAAA state title contender.
“Mikal has been the player other teams focus on this year and the players around Mikal have stepped up,” Mallard Creek coach Shawn McGeorge said. “Mikal is the definition of a team player with great ability, motivation and work ethic. I have said all along that he deserves every recognition he has received.”
Hill could be selected in this summer’s MLB Draft, but he’s said that he is planning to attend school.
Best of the bunch
The best men’s basketball prospect from South Carolina in the Class of 2012 won’t play any games for a South Carolina high school next season.
Former Sumter standout Brandon Bolden, ranked 73rd overall in his class by ESPN, now stars for Miller School in Charlottesville, Va. He was a special talent for the Gamecocks but emerged as a blue-chip talent in 2010, eventually committing to Georgetown last October.
Bolden’s family contacted Miller School before the 2010-11 school year began, seeking to find a place that he could thrive academically and athletically for his junior and senior seasons, Miller School coach Scott Willard said.
Bolden averaged less than four points and five rebounds as a sophomore at Sumter, but at 6-foot-10, he still has some low- and mid-major scholarship offers when arriving at Miller School. A multitude of BCS-level schools saw Bolden perform in an open gym last fall, and a litany of them extended scholarship offers.
His recruitment came down to Georgetown and Florida. In a battle to the finish, the Hoyas won out. Willard said that Bolden never really gave much thought to returning to South Carolina and playing for either USC or Clemson.
“They recruited him, but I think Brandon might have had a little bit of a chip on his shoulder since they didn’t recruit while he was down there,” Willard said. “They were never in the picture once he got up here.”
Bolden averaged 12 points and seven rebounds a game last year for Miller School.