GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – D.H. Conley baseball standout and North Carolina 3A Player of the Year Cam Jackson is our newest WITN Pepsi Player of the Week!
The 2019 D.H. Conley baseball team had quite the season. The Vikings finished with a 26-5 record and came up just short of reaching the State Championship. They fell to New Hanover in the Eastern Regional Finals.
But that defeat didn't stop graduating senior Cam Jackson from being named North Carolina's 3A Player of the Year!
Jackson was surprised when he found out he was honored as the state's top 3A player, but not as surprised as his mom.
"She just started crying and just was really excited for me," Jackson said.
Jackson beat out several talented players -- including New Hanover's Blake Walston -- who was recently drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of this year's MLB draft.
"I was just working hard," said Jackson. "No matter who is ranked above me or ranked under me, I don't really worry about that. I just do what I do."
"He set the tone for us this year from the beginning of the season to the end of the season," D.H. Conley head baseball coach Jason Mills added.
The Vikings' leadoff hitter loves movies, especially the Avengers franchise. His favorite Avenger is Iron Man, and he was basically Iron Man during his senior season.
Jackson posted a .485 batting average with 52 runs scored, 47 hits, 37 RBI, 11 doubles, nine home runs, and 13 stolen bases.
"He's always had that ability to be a great teammate," said Mills. "Great admiration for his opponents and a great sportsman. His personality is electric. He's fun to be around. He's always happy."
And speaking of happy, he's really happy to join the PCC Bulldogs next season.
"Pitt is really good for developing players and getting them to the next level," said Jackson. "You can just see with their history and what their players do. I really wanted to be a part of that."
"He's the top 3A player of the year and top player in the conference, so as long as he can factor that into wanting to get better in moving to the next level and wanting to be the best that Cam can be, it will move him into the division one level and one day Cam has the ability to possibly play professional baseball," Mills said.
Cam is one of 13 seniors head coach Jason Mills will lose to graduation -- an impressive 10 are actually playing at the next level -- but Mills says he'll miss just two things about his top dog.
"I think it's going to be his smile and his great hair," joked Mills. "Those are going to be the two things that I will miss most about him. In all seriousness, his personality. Just a joy to be around."
For more on Jackson, check out the video above! (Feature airs Tuesday during WITN Sports at 6:20 p.m.)
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