In their fourth year of varsity ball the Gladiators will be sporting their first full senior class, are fresh off a run to the Class AAAA Final Four and return one of, if not the most talented rosters in the state.
Among their talented returners are Brandon Gold, Skye Overton and Matthew Gorst — a trio of seniors named to Louisville Slugger’s Pre-Season High School All-American baseball team.
“It’s a nice honor for them, especially Brandon and Skye being named to the first-team,” said Johns Creek baseball coach Billy Nicholson. “They have worked really hard to get here with Skye being a two-sport kid and Brandon putting in all the extra work necessary to be a great ball-player.”
The players named as Louisville Slugger All-Americans were selected based on athletic ability, talent in their respective positions, and also were among the most sought after players by pro scouts and college recruiters.
The list of 108 First-Team selections — which included Overton and Gold — and a series of honorable mentions that included Gorst was comprised by the staff of the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and released Jan. 22.
Overton, also a standout at quarterback for Johns Creek in the fall, was selected as a first-team outfielder. The Furman University signee is the Gladiators’ offensive spark plug from the leadoff position and led Johns Creek in hits (47), runs (45), batting average (.429) and on-base percentage (.528) as a junior.
Gold was one of 24 players nationwide listed as a Multi-Position athlete. The Georgia Tech signee played third base and pitched for Johns Creek last fall, hitting .409 with a team-leading 39 runs-batted-in and sporting a 1.19 earned run average in just over 17 innings pitched.
Gorst, named an honorable mention pitcher, was the Gladiators’ ace in 2012 and is expected to assume the same role this fall. Also bound to play at Georgia Tech, Gorst had a 10-1 record last fall and struck out 70 batters in 74 innings pitched. He hit .329 at the plate with 36 RBI.
“These kids, and really this whole senior class, are just special. They showed up as freshmen playing varsity baseball and never got intimidated,” said Nicholson.
“They took some lumps early but once they turned the corner it was a special thing to watch, not only as they developed into good players, but grew into great young men.”
Johns Creek in ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAAA according to the Georgia Dugout Club and will start their season Feb. 20 when they host Norcross.