PriorityOne Bank Baseball Player of the Week – 5-25

By Robert Wilson

Jackson Prep senior outfielder Cy Craig made 11 board appearances in the BUT Class 6A best-of-three state championship series against Madison-Ridgeland Academy.

And the Northwest Mississippi Community College signee hit base every time.

Craig went 7 for 7, including 3 doubles, scored 6 runs and had 8 RBIs in three games to lead Prep to their fifth straight state championship.

For his outstanding performance, Craig was named Baseball Player of the Week by Priority One Bank/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson.

Craig had a great week despite battling a virus, which was so bad he was pulled from Game 1 of the series after his first two at bats.

Photo by Chris Todd

He had a bunt single and a two-run double in Prep’s 11-run first inning in the 14-3 victory in Game 1 before being pulled from the game. He also had an exceptional catch as he ran into the fence along the right field line for the first out of the game.

Craig had two singles, one double, was hit by the pitch twice and scored two runs in a 12-11 loss in Game 2. He had two singles, one double, was hit by the pitch once. times, scored two runs and had two RBIs in a 12-2 win in Game 3.

In addition to his stellar week at the plate, Craig entered Game 3 as a relief pitcher and had the final three outs.

Craig, who missed 12 games earlier in the season with a hand injury, finished with a .526 batting average (20 of 38) with 24 runs, 18 RBIs, 6 doubles, 1 triple and 1 circuit. He had a .684 on-base percentage and a .815 hitting percentage. Craig’s batting average is the eighth highest in Mississippi, according to MaxPreps. Also, a left-handed pitcher, Craig was 3-2 with a 3.58 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

Craig helped Prep to a 31-7 record and a national No. 19 ranking by Perfect Game.

“I’m so proud of Cy and what a great competitor he is,” prep coach Brent Heavener said. “He may have finished the season the best hitter in the state. Cy showed his true colors, battling his hand injury by working hard (to get back into the roster). I don’t know if anyone was better at home plate than him.

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