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PREP BASEBALL: Eastside's Ryan Shirley wins Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year
Eastside, Social Circle dominate area representation on all region teams
Ryan Shirley
Eastside's Ryan Shirley was named Region 4-AAAA's Player of the Year. - photo by Gabriel Stovall

COVINGTON, Ga. — The eight Eastside baseball players who made the All-Region 4-AAAA team was the most from any area school to grace an all-region roster. 

Headlining the all-region team was Eastside senior Ryan Shirley who’s solid play garnered him Region Player of the Year honors. 

Shirley batted .437 with 31 hits and had a .579 on-base percentage while also going 6-0 from the mound with 54 strikeouts and a 1.94 ERA. He was a multifaceted threat for an Eastside squad that finished 26-6 and narrowly lost two games at West Laurens in the Class AAAA Sweet 16 to end the season. 

Additionally, Eastside pitchers Brayden Harper, Riley Ralston and Erik Shirley were tabbed, along with infielders Cole Green and Noah Cook and outfielders Aron Cox and Colby Shivers. 

Chandler Ball
Social Circle junior pitcher Chandler Ball was part of a superb bullpen for the Redskins, and was one of three players named to the all-state team in addition to claiming all-region honors. - photo by Brett Fowler

Social Circle placed five on the All-Region 8-AA squad including senior pitcher Mason Harris who recorded a 9-0 record with a 1.54 ERA in 65 innings pitched. Junior Chandler Ball was also selected after he tossed 83 strikeouts and recorded a 1.30 ERA in 57 innings of work. 

In addition, Jackson Will, Corey Hayes and David House were also given a spot, and Ball, Harris and Will were named to the Class AA all-state team as well. That talented trio of players helped the Redskins to a 22-12 record overall, an 8-4 mark in region play — good enough for second behind Elbert County — and a trip to the Class AA Elite Eight. 

Newton's Jamal Boykin was one of the area's best infielders, proven by his selection to a loaded All-Region 8-AAAAAAA first-team roster. - photo by Matthew Grimes

Meanwhile, Newton’s Jamal Boykin Was the lone Ram to be named to the All-Region 8-AAAAAAA first team roster. Boykin hit .379 during his senior season with a home run and 12 RBI. Newton’s Christian Davis, Jacob Redman and Khalil Wilcox were named honorable mention. 

Watch for our full All-Covington News baseball team to run online Monday and in print Sunday June 3.