Pinecrest's Beloso, Haley Earn Honors
Chais Beloso and Josh Haley of Pinecrest were recently named to the 2008 North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association 4-A All-State Team.
In addition, Patriot coach Jeff Hewitt was honored by the organization as Region 4 Coach of the Year.
Beloso and Haley both plan to continue their baseball careers at UNC-Pembroke next year.
Beloso shared Mid-Southeastern Conference Player of the Year honors with Corey Ayers of Richmond Senior, another all-state selection.
Haley was an all-conference pick for the second time in his three-year varsity career.
Other recent Pinecrest baseball players to earn all-state recognition were Taylor Norfleet in 2005 and Seth Maness in 2006.
Beloso played shortstop and pitched for the Patriots during the just completed 19-5 season that included a conference-co-championship with Richmond.
He led the team in batting average (.438), hits (35) and RBIs (26).
On the mound, he compiled a record of 4-1 with two saves, and an ERA of 1.44. In 48 2/3 innings, the right-hander allowed 26 hits and struck out 87 batters while walking 24.
Haley, the Patriot lead-off man, batted .420 and led the team in runs (30), doubles (seven), home runs (six), stolen bases (21), walks (16) and on-base average (.539).
Hewitt led the Patriots to the state playoffs for the ninth year in a row.
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