Mooresville High School senior baseball pitcher Justin Poris is now shouldering an even heavier load.
The still as-yet undecided product for the Blue Devils is Iredell County’s only first-team selection to one of the four All-State team rosters announced earlier this week by the North Carolina High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Poris was named as a pitcher on the NCHSBCA’s 4A class squad.
The complete-game winner of Mooresville’s opening game in the best-of-three championship series in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A class helped set the stage for the first such crown in the history of the Blue Devils’ baseball program. Now, Poris adds the All-State distinction along with the Move Valuable Player Award he received following the two-game sweep over Corinth Holders.
Poris packed his personal stat sheet with the numbers to support the selection.
A hard-throwing right hander, Poris accumulated a 10-3 individual pitching record fueled with the racking up of 103 strikeouts and the owning of an impressive 1.7 earned run average. During his 68 innings of work, Poris allowed only 17 earned runs.
He was also named the I-Meck Conference’s Player of the Year after helping the Devils corner a two-way share of the league’s regular season championship.
Poris was the winning pitcher of record in four of Mooresville’s eight wins secured during the course of postseason play leading it to the state title.
The NCHSBCA released separate rosters for All-State teams within each of its four classifications. No other Iredell County team featured any first-team pick.