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Currituck's Bates, Edenton's Morris named to NCBCA all-state teams

Baseball association released the teams Friday

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Currituck's Cole Bates pitches against North Johnston during the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A baseball state playoff game, Friday, May 10, 2019 at Currituck County High School.

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From staff reports

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Two area high school baseball players were selected to North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association all-state teams.

Currituck's Cole Bates and John A. Holmes’ Chris Morris earned the honors Friday.

Bates, a senior pitcher, was selected to the Class 2A public schools all-state team, while Morris, a sophomore third baseman, was picked to the Class 1A public schools all-state team.

Bates, who was named to the all-state team last year, led the Knights to the Northeastern Coastal Conference championship and a berth into the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A state playoffs this season.

He is also signed to join the Delaware State University baseball program this upcoming fall.

Bates concludes his high school career as a two-time all-state team selection.

Bates was joined on the Class 2A all-state team by Bertie County's Alden Cottle.

Washington High School's Hunter Hall was picked as the Class 2A Player of the Year.

Morris helped the Aces to the Albemarle Athletic Conference championship and to the fourth round of the NCHSAA Class 1A state playoffs this spring.

Brandon Beach from Riverside High School in Williamston was also picked to the Class 1A all-state team.

Falls Lake Academy's Drew Fletcher was picked as the Class 1A Player of the Year.

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