The 33rd Annual Powerade State Games high school baseball event is coming to Charlotte, and several area high school players will be participating on the diamond for Region 6.
North Lincoln’s Matt Heavner, Seth Whitley and Jake Soorus, who just helped lead the Knights to the 2A state championship, have been selected by a group of coaches who held tryouts for the event.
Brent Walls and Dalton Pence of Cherryville have also been named to the squad, as well as SouthLake Christian’s Joseph Haney. Other area players include Zachary Wilson of Burns and Michael Greene from Crest.
Bessemer City head baseball coach Phillip Russ will serve as this year’s head coach of the Region 6 team, and his assistants will include Lincoln Charter’s Scott Clark, SouthLake’s Mike Causey and Alex Leonhardt of Burns.
College commits who are on the Region 6 team are Chandler Riley (Charlotte), Trey Truitt (East Carolina), Brandon Hudson (N.C. State), Haney (Davidson) and Heavner (N.C. State).
The team will have a pro-style workout at Central Cabarrus High School on Wednesday, June 12 at 11:55 a.m., before the games get underway on Thursday, June 13. The games will be played at BB&T Ballpark (home of Charlotte Knights), UNC-Charlotte and surrounding Charlotte area high schools.
The tournament will be “Pool Play” format, with the eight teams split into two separate pools. Games will run through June 16. To be eligible, players must be rising seniors, juniors or sophomores.
Region 6 includes high schools from Lincoln, Gaston, Cleveland, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Cabarrus, Stanly, Union and Anson counties.
2019 Region 6 Baseball Roster
Corey Avant - Sun Valley
Konni Durschlag - Mallard Creek
Martin Gair - Cox Mill
Michael Greene - Crest
Joseph Haney - SouthLake Christian
Matt Heavner - North Lincoln
Brandon Hudson - Cuthbertson
Rhett Lowder - North Stanly
Lucas Martino - Carmel Christian
Dalton Pence - Cherryville
Chandler Riley - Cox Mill
Andrew Schuldt - Hough
Chad Sikes - Piedmont
Travis Snell - Hickory Grove
Jake Soorus - North Lincoln
Robert Stone - Covenant Day
Trey Truitt - East Meck,
Brent Walls - Cherryville
Seth Whitley - North Lincoln
Zachary Wilson - Burns