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The 2019 All-Metro baseball team

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Jamari Baylor, Benedictine High School

Meet the player of the year: Jamari Baylor

School: Benedictine

Year: Senior

Position: Shortstop

The skinny: The leadoff hitter for the area’s top team, Baylor hit .412 with nine doubles, 21 RBIs, and he stole 37 bases. He hit seven home runs, one of which helped Benedictine avoid elimination in the 13th inning of the state quarterfinals. He posted a .541 on-base percentage and a .788 slugging (1.329 OPS), and the Philadelphia Phillies took him in the third round of the major league draft.

Dream job for after his playing days: “Making prosthetics” for those without arms or legs.

Story: Player of the year Jamari Baylor had to prove his effort

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Meet the rest of the first team

Brandon Eike, All-Metro baseball


Brandon Eike

School: Powhatan

Year: Junior 

Position: Pitcher

The skinny: Eike had a breakthrough season, going 9-1 with a 0.87 ERA, striking out 103 batters and walking 11 in 52 innings pitched. He hit .411 with 10 doubles and three homers and added 15 RBIs, earning the title of Class 4, Region B player of the year. He has committed to Virginia Tech.

Dream job: “Physical therapist for a sports team.”



Casey Green, Benedictine

Casey Green

School: Benedictine

Year: Senior 

Position: Pitcher

The skinny: A hard-throwing righty with a sharp slider, Green went 7-0 with a 0.92 ERA, striking out 58 and walking 18 in 53 innings pitched. He batted .288 with 14 RBIs. He pitched six innings in the VISAA Division I state title game, earning a win and leading the Cadets to their second title in three years. He’ll pitch for Coastal Carolina next year.

Dream job: “Philosopher.”



Zane Eggleston, Manchester

Zane Eggleston

School: Manchester

Year: Senior 

Position: Pitcher

The skinny: A crafty lefty who can put movement on all his pitches, Eggleston went 6-3 with a 0.78 ERA, striking out 72 and walking 29 in 53⅔ innings pitched. Opposing batters hit .139 against him. Named to the all-Class 6, Region B team, Eggleston will pitch for Longwood next year.

Dream job: “Special ed teacher.”



Cam Furman, Midlothian

Cam Furman

School: Midlothian

Year: Senior 

Position: Pitcher

The skinny: Furman was at the heart of Midlothian’s resurgence, going 10-2 with a 1.80 ERA, striking out 65 batters and walking 19. He also hit .421 with 18 RBIs, posting a .593 on-base percentage and .576 slugging (1.169 OPS). Named all-region in Class 4, Region B, Furman will play for Randolph-Macon next year.

Dream job: “Physical therapist.”




Cole Garrett, Thomas Dale

Cole Garrett

School: Thomas Dale

Year: Junior 

Position: Catcher

The skinny: Garrett batted .365 with four doubles, six homers and 25 RBIs and scored 17 runs this year, earning all-region honors in Class 6, Region B. He posted a .446 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage (1.160). He has committed to VMI.

Dream job: “Division I baseball coach.”


Zack Beach, Atlee, All-Metro baseball

Zack Beach, Atlee

Zack Beach

School: Atlee

Year: Senior 

Position: First base

The skinny: A first baseman built like a tight end, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior hit .468 with six homers, 25 RBIs and 29 runs. He posted a .667 on-base percentage and .957 slugging (1.624 OPS). He was named all-region in Class 5, Region B, and he’ll play for Coastal Carolina next year.

Dream job: “Homeland Security or CIA agent.”




Brett Cook, Benedictine

Brett Cook

School: Benedictine

Year: Senior 

Position: Second base

The skinny: After spending his junior year at IMG Academy in Florida, Cook returned to Benedictine to become one of the area’s best hitters. He hit .438 with 31 RBIs, 41 runs and 42 stolen bases. His .610 on-base percentage and .904 slugging percentage (1.514 OPS) were among the best in the area. He led the Cadets with eight home runs, and he was named all-state by the VISAA. He’ll play for Tulane next year.

Dream job: “Theologian.”



Eli Weisner, Deep Run

Eli Weisner

School: Deep Run

Year: Senior 

Position: Third base

The skinny: Weisner hit .533 with 11 doubles and four triples, earning all-region honors in Class 5, Region B. He added 15 runs and 14 RBIs, posted an on-base percentage of .448 and slugged .604 (1.052 OPS). He will play at Furman next year.

Dream job: “Corporate finance/law.”




Ricky Jones, Hopewell

Ricky Jones

School: Hopewell

Year: Senior 

Position: Outfield

The skinny: A returning member of the All-Metro team, Jones hit .482 and stole 24 bases on 24 attempts. He posted a .620 on-base percentage and a .707 slugging percentage (1.327 OPS). He was voted to the all-Class 3, Region A team, and he will play for the University of Richmond next year.

Dream job: “Chief marketing officer/branding.”




Tyler Warren, Atlee

Tyler Warren

School: Atlee

Year: Junior 

Position: Outfield

The skinny: Warren hit .469 with 25 RBIs and 31 runs scored this year, posting a .539 on-base percentage and a .734 slugging (1.274 OPS). He was named all-region in Class 5, Region B in baseball, basketball and football this year. The quarterback on the football team, he was named All-Metro at punter, and he’s committed to Penn State as a tight end.

Dream job: “Working with children.”




Grayson Kcraget, Manchester

Grayson Kcraget

School: Manchester

Year: Senior 

Position: Outfield

The skinny: Kcraget raised his batting average more than 200 points this year, batting .469 with eight doubles, 20 RBIs and 21 runs. He posted a .521 on-base percentage and a .781 slugging percentage (1.302 OPS), earning all-region honors in Class 6, Region B. He’ll play for Louisburg next year.

Dream job: “Firefighter.”



Bryce Safferwich, Mills Godwin

Bryce Safferwich

School: Mills Godwin

Year: Junior 

Position: Utility

The skinny: The Class 5, Region B player of the year, Safferwich led Godwin to the Class 5 state title game, batting .443 with seven doubles, three home runs, 26 RBIs and 26 runs. In the state semifinals, he hit a walk-off double, scoring two runs and sending Godwin to a 5-4 victory. He posted a .506 on-base percentage and slugged .700 (1.206 OPS). He has committed to James Madison.

Dream job: “Doctor.”



Nigel Williams, Collegiate 

Nigel Williams

School: Collegiate

Year: Junior 

Position: Utility

The skinny: Williams was named Prep League player of the year after posting a .486 batting average with five homers, 24 RBIs, 30 runs and 12 stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .571, and he slugged .900 (1.471). On the mound, he went 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA. He’s a Division I recruit in football.

Dream job: “Sports analyst.”




Carter Trice, Lee-Davis

Carter Trice

School: Lee-Davis

Year: Junior 

Position: Utility

The skinny: A shortstop and second baseman, Trice batted .433 with 10 doubles, seven homers, 14 stolen bases, 26 runs and 28 RBIs. He slugged .950 and posted a .507 on-base percentage (1.457 OPS). He has committed to Old Dominion.

Dream job: “Corporate finance/law.”



The All-Metro baseball second team

Position Name School Year
P Connelly Early James River Junior
P Buck Forbes Prince George Senior
P Spencer Rife Mills Godwin Senior
P Patrick Routsis St. Christopher's Senior
C Zach Lass Lee-Davis Senior
1B Blake Doggett Hanover Senior
2B Cade Swisher Cosby Senior
3B David Coppedge Clover Hill Junior
SS Griff O'Ferrall St. Christopher's Sophomore
OF Jay Woolfolk Benedictine Sophomore
OF Michael Dolberry Prince George Senior
OF Scott Sweeney Deep Run Junior
Util Max Moore Hermitage Junior

Previous All-Metro baseball players of the year

2018: Nick Biddison, St. Christopher’s

2017: Evan Justice, Collegiate

2016: Grey Lyttle, Hanover

2015: Nic Enright, Steward

2014: Derek Casey, Hanover

2013: Keith Searles, Hanover

2012: Nathan Kirby, James River

2011: Nick Christopher, Dinwiddie

2010: Mitchell Shifflett, Cosby

2009: Jake Mayers, Hanover

2008: Austin Stadler, James River

2007: Austin Stadler, James River

2006: Chris Duty, Monacan

2005: Justin Bristow, Godwin

2004: Justin Bristow, Godwin

2003: Jacob Cook, Lee-Davis

2002: Herman Dimmink, Clover Hill; Stephen Faris, J.R. Tucker

2001: Taylor Stewart, Freeman

2000: Marshall Hubbard, Patrick Henry

1999: Tommy Edelblut, Mills Godwin; Mike Mallory, Dinwiddie

1998: Matt Davis, Thomas Dale

1997: Kevin Elrod, Lee-Davis

1996: Andrew Slater, Collegiate

1995: Brad Simpson, Clover Hill

1994: Jake Anthony, Clover Hill

1993: Brad Chambers, Midlothian



Eric Kolenich writes about higher education, health systems and more for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the newspaper in 2009 and spent 11 years in the Sports section. (804) 649-6109

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