SALISBURY, N.C. – The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) released the Rawlings All-Region Teams, with Georgia College's Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) leading the way and now going down as the consensus Southeast Region Player of the Year this season.
Cook earned a slot on the first team, joining teammate Matthew Miller (Escondido, California).
Continuing to cement his status as one of the top second basemen in school history, Cook continues to add trophies as the fourth Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Year in school history. The Bobcat senior finished the season with a .414 batting average, 14 home runs and 64 RBIs. The former gold glover added 63 runs scored and 23 steals as well. Cook joins GC Athletics Hall of Famer Chris Carr as the second Rawlings/ABCA Region Player of the Year in school history. He is the fifth all-region selection for Bobcat Baseball from Rawlings, but the first two-time choice. The only other first team selection was Chris Grady in 1996.
Bobcat newcomer Miller made an immediate impact in the Georgia College outfield, hitting .396 with nine home runs and 48 RBIs. The All-PBC First Team pick balanced speed as well, stealing 25 bases and scoring 48 runs. The rightfielder had hits in 43 of his 46 games during the regular season, including a 29-game hit streak. Fifteen other Bobcat outfielders have been named All-Region by the ABCA, most recently Jake Sandlin in 2015.
All-time, Georgia College has now had 60 student-athletes named to the Rawlings All-Region list since 1994.
The season has come to a close for Bobcat Baseball, a year in which the squad went 33-17, finishing the regular season with 10 straight wins, taking the PBC No. 4-seed. Along with the three All-Region selections, the Bobcats swept the conference awards, with Cook as PBC Player of the Year, Cameron Busby (Grovetown, Georgia) as PBC Pitcher of the Year and Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia) as PBC Freshman of the Year. It marks just the second time a conference school has won all three in the same season.
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