Clarksville High’s Nick James, a senior left-handed pitcher, has been named a finalist for Class AAA Mr. Baseball, according to an announcement by the nominating body, Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association. He is one of only three players in the entire state nominated for the award in Class AAA.
In 57.1 innings pitched this year, James struck out 114 batters (2 batters per inning) and had an ERA of .713. He had a won-loss record of 8-1, and threw three three no-hitters. He also batted .355 and hit two home runs in only 39 plate appearances.
He was the co-Player of the Year in District 10AAA. This past fall, he signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of North Carolina next year.
He brought his Wildcats team to the brink of a District 10AAA championship, but they fell short to Rossview. The Wildcats will play in the Region 5AAA playoffs on Monday.
“Nick is an outstanding student athlete at Clarksville High School,” his coach, Brian Hetland said. “He has dominated on the mound and has been a big lift to our offense when he pitches. He has great character and is excellent in the classroom which are critical to his nomination. Nick has been a joy to coach and he has a bright future in front of him.”
The winners for Mr. Baseball will be announced in a ceremony on May 21.