Junior outfielder/infielder hopes to get attention from colleges

Havelock’s Junior Renwick was a good baseball player before his junior season started, but he was looking for something to happen to show it to more people.

With about three weeks or so left in the season, Renwick made it happen. He got on a hitting tear where seemingly nobody could get him out, and he finished the season with a .548 batting average, two home runs, 18 RBIs and 19 runs scored in 24 games.

For that, he was selected to the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-State Team.

“It’s just such a great feeling and it’s been a dream of mine,” Renwick said. “Near the end of the season, I knew I had had a great year and it made my hopes go up of what could happen.”

Renwick, a junior, said that he had been battling to get the attention of college coaches in hopes of continuing his baseball career in college. He plans on attending summer camps at Mount Olive, Campbell and UNC-Asheville.

With a heavy amount of quality baseball players across the state and even in the area this season, Renwick said he is proud to represent Craven County on the all-state team.

“I know that West Craven and New Bern both have a lot of really good players and it feels really good to be able to represent the county,” he said.

Havelock coach Matt James attempted to maximize Renwick’s talents by moving him all over the field on defense and having him hit leadoff in the lineup.

“I batted him leadoff because I want him to get as many at-bats because we needed him to,” James said. “Junior played third base as a freshman for us, infield again as a sophomore, and with so much being on his shoulders this season at the plate and having to pitch a lot for us, I wanted him to be in the outfield to lighten his load a bit. But he was still a leader out there for us too.”