Through mid-April, Augusta State's baseball team has been pretty average.
The Jaguars are 20-21 overall and a mediocre 8-7 in the Peach Belt Conference, and it's scary to think where they would be without Dacula grad Shannon Wilkerson.
The junior is tearing up the conference and is powering his team's offense in a big way.
Wilkerson leads the Peach Belt in batting average (.449), hits (71), runs (59), home runs (17), slugging percentage (.924) and on-base percentage (.524). He's also second in the league with 63 RBIs.
Those gaudy numbers have been big for Augusta State. Wilkerson leads the Jaguars in 11 offensive categories, including a 10-for-12 season on stolen bases.
His showing last week was particularly impressive and earned him Peach Belt player of the week honors.
Wilkerson hit .522 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and a 1.304 slugging percentage in five games last week. All five of his homers came in a three-game series against North Georgia, with three of the blasts coming in Game 2.
Coker gets conference honor
Columbus State's Jarrett Coker, a Parkview grad, was named the Peach Belt Conference pitcher of the week on Tuesday.
The senior right-hander pitched a complete-game, six-hit shutout in a win over Lander to earn the award. He struck out eight and walked just two.
Coker is 4-3 on the season with a 2.55 ERA, fifth-best in the league. He has a Peach Belt-best 68 strikeouts (with just 24 walks) in 67 innings (third-highest in the conference).
Lindsey gets league award
Grayson grad Corey Lindsey, now playing at Piedmont College, was recently named the Great South Atlantic Conference player of the week.
Lindsey hit .421 (8-for-19) in a weeklong stretch in mid-March and also went 5-for-5 on stolen bases.
For the season, he is hitting .372 with three home runs and 28 RBIs. He also leads Piedmont in steals, converting 21 of 23 chances.
Cook receivespost-grad scholarship
Ole Miss senior Jason Cook, preparing for a shot at pro football, has a pretty good backup plan, too.
The North Gwinnett grad received one of two SEC post-graduate scholarships for community service after winning one of the league's Brad Davis SEC Community Service Awards. Cook, a four-year starter at fullback for the Rebels, gets $3,000 toward his post-grad education. Cook is active in numerous community service organizations and also coordinates the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program for Ole Miss student-athletes.
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