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Jackets' Pate set for North-South All-Star game

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Prep baseball

By Robert Howey

 

Buford High School baseball star Kholby Pate will be among the state’s elite this weekend, June 13-14, as he participates in the annual North-South All-Star weekend at the Cal Ripkin Experience in Myrtle Beach.

Pate, a four-year standout in the BHS baseball program, will play for the Class AA-AAA North All-Star team led by Cheraw High School head coach David Byrd.

Byrd, the North AA-AAA head coach, is assisted by Johnny Garrett of Berea High School in Greenville.

Pate reaped all-region honors as a senior after sharing the Jackets co-MVP Award for baseball last season.

Pate, in his senior season at BHS, hit .353 with 17 runs batted in and a home run. An injury prevented him from seeing extensive pitching duty, but he fashioned a 2-1 record with a 2.67 earn run average.

The 2014 Jackets finished second in the Region IV-AA race this spring. Buford was the district runner-up after falling to Indian Land in the Class AA Upper State playoffs at BHS.

Buford High baseball coach Eric Funderburk said he’s glad Pate received the chance to play in the all-star game.

“It’s a great experience and a tremendous way to cap your high school career with the best senior players in the state,” Funderuburk said. “I know Kholby will represent our community, school and baseball program to the best of his ability.

“Kholby can contribute in so many ways as a versatile player, so that will be a plus for him as he can play several different positions,” Funderburk said. “Kholby, as always, will be a great teammate and he will do whatever is needed to help the North team. I look for him to do well.”

Pate, in his BHS athletic career, was also a star in the Jackets’ basketball program, earning all-region honors three times.

He averaged 13.1 points and three rebounds a game for BHS last season when he earned the Best Offensive Award. He gained the Jackets hoops MVP and Best Offensive Player Award as a junior. Pate was also selected to The Lancaster News’ all-county basketball team.