Currituck's Pickell helps Canes National to championship

High School Notebook


Currituck's Cannon Pickell pitches during the baseball game against First Flight, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Currituck County High School.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Cannon Pickell has had a busy offseason.

Pickell, a rising senior on the Currituck County High School baseball team, helped the Canes National under-17 travel baseball team win the WWBA 17u National Championship.

The Canes National u-17 defeated the Dallas Patriots 17u Stout 8-3 in the championship game Friday afternoon at the Lakepoint Sports Complex in Emerson, Georgia.

The Canes National team posted a 12-0 tournament record en route to the championship.

The tournament began June 28.

Pickell, a University of North Carolina commit, pitched for the Canes National during the tournament.

Ben Milks, who oversees Midwest tournaments for Perfect Game USA, said about one of Pickell's outings during the tournament on Twitter: “2020 @DiamondHeels commit Cannon Pickell (NC) working 89-92 with the fastball here early for Canes National. Showing good arm speed and feel for a sharp slider at 80 MPH. Strong athletic build, interesting 2020 follow. #WWBA17U”

Pickell helped the Canes National win the Wilson Premier East Class of 2020 championship June 26 in Florida.

He also participated in the Perfect Game USA High School Baseball Showcase June 11-15 in Phoenix, Arizona.


Athletes from the area earned all-conference honors for the 2019 high school baseball season this spring.

In the Class 2A Northeastern Coastal Conference, league champion Currituck secured all-conference honors from Will Langley (first-team shortstop), Austin Pace (first-team outfielder), Austin Warren (second-team outfielder), Cannon Pickell (first-team pitcher) and Cole Bates (first-team pitcher).

Northeastern secured all-league honors from Noah Hurdle (second-team first base), Sim Hurdle (second-team second base), Tristan Meads (second-team catcher) and Colin Riddick (second-team pitcher).

Pasquotank County was represented on the all-conference team by Jason Stallings (first-team outfielder) and John McCole (second-team utility player).

First Flight sported all-conference honors from Austin Johnson (first-team first base), Aiden May (first-team second base), Grayson Bell (first-team third base), Brentan Rowe (second-team outfielder), Shane Nason (second-team outfielder) and McCoy Davenport (second-team pitcher).

Bertie County was led on the all-conference list by Caleb Damo (second-team third base), Trenton White (first-team utility player) and Alden Cottle (first-team catcher).

Hertford County's all-league selections were Alden Lassiter (second-team shortstop), Tyrek Beverly (first-team outfielder) and Parker Bradley (second-team catcher).

Bates was selected as the co-Northeastern Coastal Conference Player of the Year with Cottle, while Currituck head coach Justin Hill was named Northeastern Coastal Conference Coach of the Year.

In the Class 1A Albemarle Athletic Conference, conference regular-season champion John A. Holmes had multiple all-conference selections.

Edenton's Chris Morris was named Albemarle Athletic Conference Player of the Year and earned all-league honors.

Aces' Wes Privott, Ryan White, Chace Kelly and Caleb Bunch earned all-conference status.

Perquimans County secured all-conference honors from Tanner Thach, Braden Jordan, Jacob Godfrey, Tyler Futrell and Michael Brasseur.

Camden County was represented on the all-conference list by Bradley Harrell.

Gates County had all-league performers in Steven Futrell, Hunter Mitchell, Trent Hobbs, Jimmy Mento and Hayden Riddick.

Gates head coach Jacob Harrell was named the AAC's Conference Coach of the Year.

Manteo was represented on the all-conference list by Jay Woodson, Corbin Tillett and Jake Brown.