Former Watuaga High seniors Ryan Turner and Matt Proffitt closed out their prep career Wednesday night in the East-West Senior All-Star Game at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. The East swept Wednesday night's double
header, winning the opener, 6-5, and taking the second game, 5-1.
Turner, who will attend the United States Naval Academy this fall, was hitless in three plate appearances with two strikeouts; Proffitt, who will attend Brevard College, a Division II school in Brevard, N.C., was 0-1 with a strikeout and a pair of walks. But despite their struggles on Wednesday night, both players turned in strong seasons for the WHS baseball team this spring.
Turner batted .357 with a home run, nine runs-batted-in, he scored 27 runs, had seven stolen bases and three doubles; Proffitt was 6-2 on the mound with a pair of saves; he also batted .350 with a team-leading three home runs, 20 RBI and four doubles. Proffitt and Turner were also named to the Northwestern 3A/4A All-Conference team.
It's also the third year in a row that the WHS baseball team has had a player or players participating in the East-West game. Jake Watts played in it last year; Cal Hardee played in the East-West game in 2009. Hardee is also the only Pioneers' player to play in the North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star Classic. He was selected in 2009.
Rising senior Ryan Turner of the Pioneers will play in the Powerade North Carolina State Games beginning today. Turner, who batted .341 with a team-leading eight doubles, two triples, 15 RBI and ten stolen bases, will play for Region 7. Jones was an Honorable Mention All-NW3A/4A selection. WHS coach Pete Hardee is an assistant coach for Region 7, which plays Region 1 this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.
Hardee has been an assistant coach with Region 7 five times; he has been an assistant coach in the East-West game twice.