Palmer Sapp’s career was one of the best in Dawson County history, even if it didn’t end the way he wanted it to. While the loaded Tigers didn’t make the playoffs, in large part due to injuries, Sapp put together a 2018 worthy of being named BLITZ Baseball Player of the Year.
Sapp had 40 hits, batting .460 on the season and adding 23 walks. That’s patience and contact in one. He displayed power in the form of 5 homeruns, driving in 31 runs. He swiped 15 bases as well, notching a dozen doubles and two triples.
Pushed into more pitching duty than normal due to injuries, Sapp went 4-4 with a save and a 3.71 ERA. He struck out 40 batters in 52.2 innings of work.
Our panel of 18 voters, made up of media reporters/broadcasters, former BLITZ players, former coaches and a couple of fans, submitted their Heisman-style ballots for the seven finalists for the award:
HISTORY OF BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sapp is the second Dawson County winner of the award (Tucker Maxwell, 2016). By chance, four of the nine winners of the award played partially at shortstop. Six times a senior has won the award, including in each of the past three seasons.
2018 – Palmer Sapp – Dawson County SR SS/P
2017 – Kooper Briley – Stephens County SR SS
2016 – Tucker Maxwell – Dawson County SR OF
2015 – Joseph Mancuso – Union County JR P/1B
2014 – Spencer Adams – White County SR P/SS
2013 – Brett Westmoreland – White County SR 1B
2012 – Zach Wall – Hayesville JR P/SS
2011 – David Sosebee – White County SR P/3B
2010 – David Sosebee – White County JR P/3B
LOOKING AHEAD – THE NEXT FAVORITE(S)
Little brother Sapp…Hudson Sapp, is an Ole Miss commit and likely the front-runner for 2019. Stephens County’s Dawson Sorrells and Davis Swenson are also top choices as they return for their senior year. Commerce also has a pair of notables: Colby Rogers and Jacob Welch.