Five players earn honors for FSCC

By Steve Dukes
Posted 6/28/07

Five members of the Faulkner State Community College baseball team, three of them freshmen, received various post-season honors following the recently completed 2007 season.

Oft-injured but deadly-when-healthy sophomore first baseman Joel Beason, …

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Five players earn honors for FSCC

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Five members of the Faulkner State Community College baseball team, three of them freshmen, received various post-season honors following the recently completed 2007 season.

Oft-injured but deadly-when-healthy sophomore first baseman Joel Beason, who bounced back from an opening-day hamstring injury to bat a team-leading .453, was voted onto the Alabama Community College Conference Southern Division All-League first team and the All-Region 22 first team.

Shortstop and somtimes pitcher Stephen Stork, who is also a sophomore, and freshman pitcher Blake Summers, were second-team All Southern Division All-League selections. Designated hitter Chad Watson and outfielder Adam Heisler, both freshmen, were named to the state/region tournament first team.

Beason, who also missed much of his freshman season with a hamstring injury, had 10 doubles this past spring in just 95 at bats and also led the Sun Chiefs in slugging percentage , despite not homering, at .579.

“Joel Beason is one of my favorite players of all time,” said veteran FSCC coach Wayne Larker, whose team finished 32-27 after going 3-2 in the state/region tournament. “He hurt his legs both years and spent most of the year on the disabled list, but ended up being one of the most valuable players on the team both years. (He’s a) very good athlete. We put him at first base and he took to it.

“He was a pleasure to coach.”

Stork, like several players on the team who finished strong after struggling early in the season, batted .385 and led the team with 45 runs scored. He shared the team lead in doubles with Watson with 13 and also was stops in getting hit by piches with 11. Stork struck out just nine times in 148 at bats.

“Stephen Stork was our iron man, played shortstop for us. (We) moved him from third base to shortstop. Stephen had a pretty good arm. We had to watch him, using him on the mound. We used him as a closer, but he was too valuable at shorstop to take him out of there, and he was a team leader.”

Summers finished 5-2 with a team-best 1.92 earned run average in 63 and two-thirds innings. He held opposing batters to a .228 batting average while striking out 45 of them.

“Blake Summers got injured about three-quarters of the way through the year, so he didn’t have many innings (as some other FSCC pitchers), but before he was injured he was giving us quality starts,” Larker said. “He (gave us _ a chance to win every time out.”

Watson, who batted .363 and also had a team-high five triples plus two home runs, is “a very aggressive offensive hitter,” Larker said. “He’s a left fielder, but he DHed for us and had a great tournament, had a lotta extra base hits and … was a very good runner.”

In 182 at bats, Watson did not ground into a double play, an FSCC stat betterdd only by Heisler’s zero in 189 at bats.

Heisler batted .402 with a team-best 23 stolen bases. He had nine doubles and one triple among his 76 hits.