PILOT MOUNTAIN — Spring sports may be over, but the accolades keep piling in for two East Surry baseball players. Senior Kain Kiser and junior AJ Wilson were named to the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association 1A All-State Team. Kiser was also named NCBCA 1A Player of the Year.
“It’s a tremendous honor for our players and our program to have both Kain and AJ selected to the All-State team for their success this past year,” said East Surry coach Chad Freeman. “They were phenomenal on the mound this year, combining to record 15 of our 23 wins. They also anchored our batting lineup, hitting in the number three and four spot.”
Freeman continued, “Both guys put in lots of work during the off-season and continued to work hard throughout the season. It’s great to see them rewarded and I’m very proud of them and their accomplishments.”
This marks Wilson’s second time on the All-State team. He was also named to the team in 2017 as a sophomore. He earned Northwest 1A Conference Player of the Year honors in 2017, and has been on the NW1A All-Conference team three straight years. Both Wilson and Kiser were selected to the 2017 North Carolina State Games team for Region 7.
Wilson still has one season left with the Cardinals, but has already committed to playing at East Carolina University following his graduation in May 2019. On the mound, Wilson finished with six wins, 104 strikeouts, and a 1.28 ERA in 49 1/3 innings pitched. He also boasted a .397 batting average and a .463 on base percentage. Wilson ended up with 32 RBI, 31 runs scored, nine doubles, and a home run.
Kiser, who will continue his baseball career at Lenoir-Rhyne University in the fall, had a successful senior campaign after missing half his junior season with an injury. In his comeback, Kiser earned his third All-Conference selection and was named NW1A Conference Player of the Year for 2018.
“I am truly blessed and want to thank God for giving me the talents to achieve this,” Kiser said.
Kiser ended the year with nine wins on the mound, featuring 107 strikeouts and a 0.73 ERA and 57 1/3 innings pitched. At the plate, Kiser had a batting average of .405, a .456 on base percentage, 35 RBI, 22 runs scored, 10 doubles, and two home runs.
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