ALL-SOUTH FORK 2A BASEBALL: Mustangs’ Michel, Knights’ Reeves lead selections

Published Monday, June 21st, 2021

Junior Landon Reeves went 6-1 this season with an ERA of 1.14 for North Lincoln, earning Defensive Player of the Year in voting by the conference’s head coaches./TWITTER PHOTO


Two junior stars from Lincoln County lead the All-South Fork 2A baseball team selected by the conference’s head coaches.

The league announced Monday these selections for top awards:

Junior Garrett Michel of East Lincoln hit . 442 with two doubles, two triples and four home runs this season, earning All-South Fork 2A Offensive Player of the Year./TWITTER PHOTO

— Junior second baseman-pitcher Landon Reeves of North Lincoln as the Defensive Player of the Year.

— Junior Garrett Michel of East Lincoln as the Offensive Player of the Year.

— East Lincoln’s Chris Matile as the Coach of the Year.

Reeves went 6-1 this season for the Knights, who finished in second place behind East Lincoln and reached the state 2A playoffs.

He had an ERA of 1.14 and gave up just six earned runs, walking six and striking out 49.

Michel hit .442 with two doubles, two triples and four home runs and added 25 walks for East Lincoln, the league champion. He added 14 stolen bases.

For his career, Michel is hitting .436 with 19 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 42 RBIs.

Matile, in his 16th season, guided the Mustangs to a 13-1 league record, and they finished 15-2 after winning two state 2A playoff games and then being eliminated in a 6-4 home loss to Forbush in the third round.

His unofficial coaching record at East Lincoln is 258-155.

North Lincoln, the defending state 2A champion, finished 11-4 and that included 11-3 in the conference. The Knights fell 3-1 at R-S Central in the first round of the state playoffs.

East Lincoln led the voting with five all-conference players.


(as voted on by league head coaches)

Bandys: Nolan Jones, Alex Robinson

East Lincoln: Garrett Michel, Graham Smiley, Jordan Fisher, Gavin Houser, Isaac Armtrong

Lake Norman Charter: Drew Gugino, Carter Shea, Jared Ryan, Peter Alperi

Lincolnton: Will Blackburn, Gavin Queen

Maiden: Dalton James, Jacob Cauble, Spencer Floyd

Newton-Conover: Jesse Murray

North Lincoln: Landon Reeves, Matt Heavner, Timmy Schafer, Daniel Carter

West Lincoln: Samuel Duncan

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