Ten local prospects shine on diamond at showcases

thompsonWith high school football ready to kick off the fall sports season, several Grand Strand athletes are just wrapping up the spring and summer sports schedules on the baseball and softball diamond.

Ten local standouts participated in showcases in front of dozens of college scouts over the weekend, and a couple of baseball players turned in particularly eye-catching performances.

Socastee rising senior Dylan Thompson was named the Best Pitcher of Diamond Prospects’ Palmetto Games at the University of South Carolina’s baseball stadium in Columbia.

Thompson, a lefthander who has verbally committed to play at Coastal Carolina, was also given the Golden Arm award. Conway’s Reid Hardwick earned the Charlie Hustle Award.

Other local players competing in the showcase were Cameron Cauble, Jared Lembcke and Bryar Johnson of Carolina Forest, and Drayton Arnold and Shane Faulk of Myrtle Beach.

Meanwhile, three softball standouts for North Myrtle Beach – Julia Cole, Rayni Newman and Emily Johnson – will take part in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase at Winthrop University later this month. Loris’ Taylor Kennedy is also a member of the SC Sharks.

The Lady Chiefs trio were among 264 players chosen from a pool of more than 1,500 hailing from 21 states and Canada to participate in the tournament-style showcase.

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