We put it to a vote, and overwhelmingly, Peyton Irvin was the public vote for Player of the Week after garnering some 3,921 votes. He edged Banks’ Ty Burchett for the Fan Vote. Burchett had 2,335 votes. BLITZ then chose Burchett and Jefferson’s Lane Watkins as a Player of the Week to complete the trio. A total of 7,625 votes were casted for the local nominees.
Senior Peyton Irvin has shouldered much of the pressure for the Raiders this season. After losing so many key playmakers over the past two seasons, Habersham looked to Irvin to lead the 2019 charge. He has not disappointed, as the Raiders now stand at 12-3 overall prior to region play.
In his last four games, the infielder hit .450 while driving five runs, scoring seven, and patiently earning four walks. He rose to the occasion on the mound as well, earning two wins with 11 scoreless frames and 11 strikeouts. This is Irvin’s long-awaited first Player of the Week award. Overall this season, according to MaxPreps stats, Irvin is batting .500 with 9 RBI, 6 2B, 11 R, and 6 SB. He’s also 2-1 record-wise on the hill with a 1.47 ERA, striking out 24 batters in 19 innings.
Ty Burchett continues to have a solid sophomore season for the Banks County Leopards. The shortstop/pitcher had a ridiculous three-game stretch, where he hit .400 with 8 RBI, adding 2 doubles and 2 walks. That’s not all, though. He went a flawless 2-0 on the bump, with a perfect 0.00 ERA through eight total innings of work, striking out 15 batters.
The Leopards are 9-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 in region play, and Burchett is a large reason for that success. This is Burchett’s first Player of the Week award, and the first Banks County baseball player to earn it since Dylan Patrick in 2016.
Lane Watkins is a UGA baseball signee, and if you’ve ever seen him play, you would never second guess that. He is a rare talent, and showing all signs of it in his senior 2019 season for the Dragons, who are 9-0 overall and 3-0 in region play.
Over a recent three-game set, Watkins tore the cover off the ball at a .714 clip, which included 6 RBI, 3 doubles, 5 runs scored, and a triple. He also went 2-0 with a 1.56 ERA, striking out 9 batters in as many innings pitched. This is Watkins first Player of the Week award, and first-ever for Jefferson baseball as BLITZ began covering the Dragons full athletic program this school year.
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