All-state nod

SKYLAR BROOKS, seen here against Starmount this spring, was named to the NCBCA 2A all-state team on Friday. It is the Wilkes Central graduate’s second all-state nod.

East Carolina’s baseball team saw its dreams of advancing to Omaha for the College World Series come to an end this weekend.

When the Pirates begin the 2020 season next spring, Skylar Brooks will be a member of that program — and he’ll be bringing some impressive postseason credentials with him.

The recent Wilkes Central graduate was the only player from Wilkes County to be named to the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association all-state team, which was announced on Friday.

For Brooks, who signed with East Carolina last fall, it is his second selection to the all-state 2A team. He was also selected following his sophomore season in 2017.

After missing the majority of the 2018 season due to injury, Brooks batted .386 with four home runs and 26 runs batted in. He also stole 15 bases.

Brooks also saw extended time on the mound this spring as he made seven appearances, which included four starts. He sported a 3-1 record with a pair of saves and sported a 0.88 earned run average.

But Brooks, who was named the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year, saved his best for last when he pitched a complete-game shutout in the Eagles’ 4-0 win against Rutherfordton-Spindale Central in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs. Brooks struck out 11 and allowed three hits. The 11 punchouts were one off his season-best, which he set against East Wilkes on March 29.

In addition to being Wilkes County’s lone all-state selection, he was the only MVAC player selected to either the 2A or 1A squad.

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