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Drew Baker Signs to Play College Baseball

Macon East Academy senior, Drew Baker, signed to play baseball with Chipola Community College in Marianna, Florida as a pitcher.  Chipola won the Junior College National Championship last year and had 5 players taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft.  Chipola is thought to be the #1 junior college in the nation for baseball.  Going into his senior year, Drew was 5-2 on the mound. with 21 strikeouts and just 6 hits in his junior season.  Drew, Macon East’s starting catcher, will take a more prominent position on the mound this year for the Knights.  At the plate as a junior, Drew hit 396 with an on-base-percentage of 455, scoring 15 runs, 37 RBIs, 13 doubles, 46 hits and 2 home runs in the lead off position.  Drew was named AISA All-Metro Player of the Year.  At catcher, he posted a fielding percentage of 961 and helped lead the Macon East team to their first State Championship in 13 years.

In his sophomore season, Drew’s batting average was 402, with 14 runs, 23 RBIs, 43 hits, 2 home runs and an on-base-percentage of 453.  At catcher his field percentage was 981 with 21 runners caught stealing.  Drew is the last player at Macon East who was part of the 2015 State Runner-up team where he started as a freshman behind the plate.  Drew has been part of 93  wins as a Knight.  Joining Drew at the signing ceremony were his brother (Chris Ivey) and sister (Ashley Ivey), both of whom played baseball/softball for Macon East and signed to play at the collegiate level.

 

By | 2017-12-04T18:08:57+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Baseball, News and Events|0 Comments

Two Macon East Athletes Named Player of the Year

Macon East baseball and softball teams ended their seasons as the AISA AA State Champions and State Runner-up.  Leading the teams were catcher Drew Baker and short stop Madisyn Kennedy, recently named the Montgomery Advertiser’s AISA All Metro Player of the Year for baseball and softball.  Baker’s state champion team finished the season 33-13 with Baker behind the plate at catcher.  In 6 appearances on the mound, Drew was 3 and 1 with a 2.15 ERA.  At the plate, he hit an impressive .396 with a .455 on base percentage and 37 RBIs.  The dynamic catcher/pitcher has earned himself a spot on the Chipola College team for the 2019 season.  Drew was also named to the AISA All State 2nd team.  Benched due to a knee injury, Drew was a member of the Macon East state champion basketball team.  Going into his senior season, Drew plans to lead the Knights back to the state playoffs working behind the plate and on the mound.

Madisyn Kennedy enters her junior year committed to play in the SEC at Mississippi State in 2020.  Also named 1st team in AISA All-State, Madisyn hit .486 in the 2017 season including 10 home runs and a .540 on base percentage.  She knocked in 77 runs and scored 69 in the Knights 63 game season.  Finishing the year 51-12, the Lady Knights lost the state championship game to Autauga after a 5-year reign as the state title holders.  A star on the volleyball and basketball court as well as the softball field, Madisyn is an all-around outstanding athlete and scholar in the classroom.  This junior powerhouse has two more seasons with the Knights before becoming a Bulldog, and she intends to add to her state champion ring collection.

By | 2017-08-22T20:56:19+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Baseball, News and Events, Softball|0 Comments

Macon East Baseball Takes State

The Macon East varsity baseball team swept Clarke Prep at the AISA AA state tournament at Patterson Field to bring home the championship trophy.  The Knights went 33-13 for the season and won their Area with a record of 6-0.  With a bye through the first round of playoffs the Knights hosted Escambia in round two and Autauga in round 3.  Losing one game in each series, Macon East picked up the tie breaker win to advance to the championship series with Clarke Prep.  With a crowd of Macon East fans cheering them on, Coach Pickett and his team took game one 8-4 and shut out the Gators 6-0 in game two with Kohner Massey on the mound.  This was the first state championship win for the Macon East baseball program since 2004, and a sweet victory following a loss in 2015 to Edgewood at the state tournament.  Seniors Connor Davis and Will Dowe combined for nine RBIs to lead Macon East at the plate.  As relief pitcher, Mason Wray came in to game one earning him the win.  A group of seniors made up the Knights all-tournament team: Will Dowe, Kohner Massey, Mason Wray and tournament MVP Connor Davis.  Davis was 4-for-6 with four RBIs, three runs, and two doubles in the sweep.  Coach Bob Pickett knew that this could be the Knights’ season to take it all, and they never let up on the goal of getting to State one game at a time.  Pickett credits Coach Jim Brantley rejoining the program at pitching coach as a major part of the team’s successful season.

 

 

 

By | 2017-05-16T18:51:44+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Baseball, News and Events|0 Comments

Jimmy Hitchcock Award Nominees

Seth Meadows and Alex Wyrosdick were honored to represent Macon East Academy this year as nominees for the prestigious Jimmy Hitchcock Award.  Since 1959, the YMCA of Greater Montgomery has recognized Christian leadership in athletics through the Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award.  The banquet, held each year at Frazer United Methodist Church, honors area seniors nominated by their school who possess the qualities of strong personal character, dependability, effort, team and church leadership, school leadership, and academic excellence.  Alex and Seth both stand out among their peers at Macon East as outstanding students in the classroom as well as leaders in their sport, church, and community.  The YMCA also acknowledges high school freshman who possess these same qualities and aspire to one day be Hitchcock nominees.  This year’s freshman certificate recipients from Macon East were Emily Claire Lott and Jake Wyrosdick.

 

By | 2017-05-16T18:22:09+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Baseball, Cheerleading, News and Events|0 Comments

Wendy’s Heisman Honorees Selected

Two Macon East Academy seniors were selected as School Winners for the Wendy’s High School Heisman.  Seth Meadow and Alex Wyrosdick were recognized by this prestigious program for their hard work and dedication in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.  These students are known by their teachers and coaches for their commitment to excellence.  Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy have honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students.

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By | 2017-04-26T17:22:32+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Baseball, Cheerleading, News and Events|0 Comments

All-State Softball & Baseball

Five Lady Knights softball players were named to the AISA All-State 1st team (Paxton Searle, Jesi Garrett, Kaylee Pullin, Sommer Sears, and Madisyn Kennedy).  Dawn Johnson received all-state honorable mention.  Paxton Searle was honored as the AISA Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year and was named to the Super All-State team as one of the top 10 high school players in the state.  Paxton will attend Troy on an academic scholarship in the fall and has plans to walk on the school’s softball team.  Playing primarily pitcher, Searle helped lead Macon East to a fifth straight AISA championship. She was 42-6 with a 2.24 ERA, including 17 shutouts this season, plus hit .489 with 15 home runs and 78 RBIs.  Paxton Searle is just the fourth AISA player in history to make the softball Super All-State list.

Chapman Dean and Seth Meadows were named to the AISA All-State Baseball 1st team.

By | 2016-06-27T19:02:01+00:00 June 13th, 2016|Baseball, News and Events, Softball|0 Comments

Chapman Dean Signs with LBW

Macon East senior, Chapman Dean has committed to play baseball at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia next season.  A three year starter for the Knights’ program, Chapman earned 18 career wins on the mound and 3 saves.  He finished his senior season with a 1.96 ERA and had 72 strikeouts.  Throwing a perfect game in the first round of the state playoffs, Dean advanced his team to round two.  At the plate, Chapman led the team with a batting average of .420 and 5 homeruns, finishing his career at MEA with 11 home runs.  As a junior, he was a second team All-State selection and first team All-Metro.  Chapman Dean has been a tremendous asset to Coach Bob Pickett’s program at Macon East and has a bright future at the collegiate level.

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By | 2017-03-07T20:53:00+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Baseball, News and Events|0 Comments

Senior Athletes Recognized

As the baseball and softball seasons come to an end, the senior athletes and their parents were recognized for their hard work and commitment to MEA athletics.  Seniors Chapman Dean, Austin Reese, and Ty Thomas led the baseball team to the second round of the playoffs and an overall 23-13 season record.  The team was ranked in the top ten all season and finished 2nd in area play.  Lady Knights seniors, Paxton Searle and Jesi Garrett, are once again leading their team to the state tournament.  Coming off a tough loss for the Region title, the team remains ranked number one and has their eye on a 5th consecutive state championship.  With a record of 48-9 the Lady Knights play Clarke Prep at 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Lagoon Park.  Congratulations seniors on your outstanding high school athletic career accomplishments.

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By | 2017-03-07T20:53:00+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Baseball, News and Events, Softball|0 Comments