Hixson named to all-state second team

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Senior right-hander Bennett Hixson has been named second team all-state in the College Division as a relief pitcher by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Hixson wrapped up his career by appearing in 18 games in 2015, second most on the team, while sporting a team-low 2.62 ERA. His only start came in Brevard’s tilt with North Greenville at Fluor Field, home of the Boston Red Sox Class A affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina, and he had a 1-0 record after picking up a decision with 1.2 innings of relief work at Emmanuel on February 10. He struck out 22 batters while walking 16 in 24.0 innings of work on the season.

While Hixson proved himself to be a reliable option out of the bullpen all season, his numbers in conference play were sensational. The Greensboro native made eight appearances in SAC contests, all in relief, and surrendered a lone earned run in his 11.0 innings of work. His ERA in conference games was a miniscule 0.82, and his opponents’ batting average figure dropped by 18 percentage points in league play.

A versatile player who has spent significant time at catcher and all four infield positions prior to this season, Hixson departs Brevard with the school’s NCAA-era lead in games finished (28), tied for the lead in saves (6), second in ERA (3.39), and third in both strikeouts per nine innings (8.48) and pitching appearances (52). This year’s 2.62 ERA was the second-lowest single-season mark. As a position player, he has three triples and 159 assists, both the third-highest in NCAA-era history, and established single-season records with 47 starts and 48 games played in 2013.

Hixson’s selection to the College Division all-state second team, which encompasses all non-NCAA Division I institutions in North Carolina, caps a postseason filled with honors for the Tornados. Junior Hunter Donaldson was named first team all-region at the utility pitcher position and garnered honorable mention all-conference honors as a starting pitcher. Senior J.D. Chaplain was named the SAC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a prestigious honor that takes into account athletic excellence, academic achievement, and community service and leadership.

Hixson becomes the fourth Brevard student-athlete selected to an NCCSIA all-state team this season. Volleyball’s Aleksandra Vrvilo was named first team libero, with basketball players Katie Williams and Darius Moose both garnering first team honors.

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