Columbia County is known as a hotbed of baseball talent, and that reputation will continue thanks to the play of a trio of county products who played in the Peach Belt Conference this year. Each earned all-conference honors for their play in 2009.
And while softball in the area does not have the track record of producing talent like baseball, that is quickly changing thanks to the achievements of young players such as Kacee Camp of Harlem. The freshman shortstop has set a high bar for herself after a sensational first year at Augusta State.
Below is a look at a few players who did the area proud this year on the diamond.
Kacee Camp (Harlem)
She was named the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year after leading the Jags in virtually every offensive category. She topped the team in hits, home runs, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. She also led the league in batting with a .421 average in the regular season.
Camp's honors did not stop at the conference level. She also was named to the All-Southeast Region first team.
Ken Raborn (Evans)
He just completed his collegiate career at USC Aiken. The former Knights slugger moved to first base this season and had a spectacular senior campaign. He led the Pacers with a .385 average in the regular season. He also hit 15 homers, blasted 19 doubles and drove in 76 runs. For his efforts, he was a All-Peach Belt Conference first team selection and was recognized as a All-Southeast Region first team selection.
During his time with the Pacers, Raborn rewrote their record book. He stands atop the all-time list in school history in walks, hits (289), at-bats (827), total bases (484), runs (199), home runs (41) and RBI (213).
Raborn's career numbers put him among the best to ever play in the Peach Belt Conference.
Sean Harrell (Lakeside)
The speedy junior outfielder really came into his own this season at Georgia College and State University. The former Panthers standout helped guide the Bobcats to an impressive 37-19 mark by hitting a team-best .350. He also topped the squad with 29 stolen bases, four triples, 51 runs scored and a sizzling .459 on-base percentage. Harrell also hit seven homers and drove in 41 runs.
His performance was good enough to land him a spot on the All-Peach Belt Conference second team.
Harrell also was named to the All-Academic Team earlier this week. He boasts a 3.25 GPA and is majoring in biology.
Brooks Robinson (Greenbrier)
He joined Harrell on the all-conference second team after hitting .330 with six homers and 47 RBI.
The Georgia College and State University senior stole 15 bases and was thrown out only twice all season. He also ripped 12 doubles in 2009.
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