Pelham baseball racking up awards
By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor
The Pelham High School baseball team is racking up plenty of preseason awards in advance of the 2011 season.
The Panthers will feature two All-Americans and a national ranking on opening day.
Senior right-handed pitcher Trevor Fitts was recently named to the first team Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American team. Junior Alec Rash, a newcomer at Pelham, was named a Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American team honorable mention pick.
Fitts, who signed a baseball scholarship with Mississippi State University in Nov. 2010, finished his junior season with a 14-0 record after pitching 14 complete games. Fitts also recorded three saves last season.
Fitts struck out a state-leading 151 batters in 92 innings with just 19 walks. Fitts recorded a 0.91 earned run average as a junior.
Rash, who transferred to Pelham from DeSoto-Minburn High School in Adel, Iowa, during the offseason, finished his sophomore season with a 5-2 record and one save.
Rash struck out 92 batters in 50 innings with just 34 walks. Rash recorded a 1.96 earned run average as a sophomore.
Pelham, which opens the 2011 season Feb. 21 on the road at Russell County High School, is ranked No. 21 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper preseason poll.
The Panthers (39-6) won the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A, Area 10 championship in 2010 following a perfect 8-0 area record. Pelham, which entered the postseason with a 30-game winning streak, fell to Grissom in a three-game series in the quarterfinal round of the Class 6A playoffs a year ago.
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