Three Clemson recruits – one in football and two in baseball – have been named to the Independent Mail’s Baseball All-Area first-team.
Football commitment Ben Boulware of T.L. Hanna High in Anderson was one of two catchers named to the squad.
Boulware, who is rated as the No. 35 linebacker prospect in the nation by Rivals, batted .493 with 12 homers and 30 RBI. He was named to the all-state Class 4-A team.
Boulware, whose brother Garrett is a rising sophomore on the Clemson baseball team, also plans to play baseball for the Tigers.
Also earning first-team honors were Clemson baseball signees Andrew Cox, an outfielder from Belton-Honea Path High, and pitcher Wales Toney, from T.L. Hanna High.
Cox, an early commitment to South Carolina who switched to Clemson after his brother played for the Tigers, batted .379 with one homer and 22 runs batted in.
Toney was named to the All-Area team has a utility player. He batted .329 with two homers and 13 runs batted in, and as a pitcher posted a 4-5 record, with a 1.89 ERA and 85 strikeouts.
Independent Mail All-Area First Team
Ben Boulware, T.L. Hanna, Jr., .493, 12 HR, 30 RBI, All-State, All-Region 1-AAAA.
Erven Roper, Wren, Jr., .372, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 21 Runs, All-Region 1-AAAA
Trey Hayes, Palmetto, Sr., .342, 27 RBI, 25 runs, 5-0, 0.14 ERA, All-State, AIM POY, Region 1-AA POY
Michael Rochester, B-HP, So., .432, 1 HR, 23 RBI, 13 runs, All-Region 1-AAA
Matt Williams, B-HP, Jr., .402, 17 RBI, 28 runs, 8-1, 1.59 ERA, 48 SO, All-Region 1-AAA
Justin Cliburn, Walhalla, Jr., .349, 21 RBI, 15 runs, 6-1, 1.16 ERA, 36 SO, All-Region 1-AAA
Eli White, Wren, Jr. .337, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 29 runs, All-Region 1-AAAA
Andrew Cox, B-HP, Sr., .379, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 20 runs, All-Region 1-AAA
Tim Slaton, Pendleton, Sr., .350, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 31 runs, All-Region 1-AA
Taylor Vassey, Seneca, Sr., .404, 15 RBI, All-Region 1-AAA
Kyle Edwards, Seneca, Sr., 5-3, 2.05 ERA, 72 SO, All-State, Region 1-AAA POY
Tyler Jackson, Wren, Sr., 8-2, 1.64 ERA, 47 SO, All-State, All-Region 1-AAAA
Garrett Lovorn, Pendleton, Sr., 6-3, 2.67, 94 SO, All-State, All-Region 1-AA
Steven Cooper, Palmetto, Sr., .349, 23 RBI, 20 runs, 7-1, 1.58 ERA, All-State, All-Region 1-AA
Wales Toney, T.L. Hanna, Sr., .329, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 14 runs, 4-5, 1.89 ERA, 85 SO, All-Region 1-AAAA
Wayne Parker, Palmetto, Sr., 7-1, 0.89 ERA, 1 save, 65 SO, All-Region