3 local players make all-state team

ewarnock@newsobserver.comJuly 11, 2014 

Carrboro’s Spencer Brown and Orange’s Brad Debo and Bryse Wilson have been named to the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association’s all-state team for 2014.

The versatile Brown signed in December as a catcher with High Point University but also played shortstop and pitched occasionally for the Jaguars. He best displayed his speed on the basepath, where he stole base safely all nine times he tried last season.

“Spencer Brown is a very good defensive catcher,” High Point recruiter Rich Wallace said. “He has great catch and throw abilities. Brown is an athletic player who is still developing his offensive skills. He will help us immediately with his defensive skills.”

Brown was a three-time first-team all-conference selection and a three-time team captain. He had a career batting average of .345 and led his prep team in both batting average and on-base percentage as a freshman and sophomore.

In a transition season for Carrboro (7-13) under first-year head coach Shaughn Neal, Brown appeared in just 14 games but led the Jaguars in hits (19) and finished with a batting average of .463 and a team-high 19 runs batted in.

Debo, a switch-hitting catcher with a team-high .534 batting average, led Orange (21-4) in just about every hitting category in 2014, including runs batted in (38), doubles (9), triples (4) and home runs (4). In four appearances as a right-handed pitcher, Debo was 1-0 with one save.

Wilson, a right-hander, went 3-0 in four starts for the Panthers and picked up a save in his only other appearance, finishing with an earned run average of 1.50. He struck out 33 of the 113 batters he faced. And he was solid at the plate as well, batting .403 with 26 RBI.

Led by veteran coach Dean Dease, Orange went 21-4 overall and undefeated (14-0) in Big Eight play last season.

Last week’s announcement marked the third year in a row that at least one Orange High School player has been named to the coaches’ all-state team, which is widely regarded as the most elite team in N.C. high school baseball.

It was also the third year in a row that a Debo was on the coaches’ all-state team. Nick Debo, Brad’s brother, was named to the NCBCA team two years running and finished finishing second in the player-of-the-year voting in 2013. Orange’s Jon Evans also made the 2013 NCBCA team.

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