CULLMAN — The postseason accolades haven't stopped pouring in for one Cullman High baseball star.
In the last week, Keegan Thompson was named to two national All-American teams in recognition for a phenomenal junior season. The Bearcat sensation was a First Team selection at pitcher on the 2012 Louisville Slugger High School All-American Team and a Second Team choice on Baseball America's 2012 High School All-American Team. The Louisville Slugger squad is chosen by the staff of the Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
This is Thompson's second consecutive year on both prestigious lists. These latest honors come shortly after the Cullman hurler was tabbed the Class 5A Player and Pitcher of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. The ASWA also placed Thompson on the Super All-State Team for the second year in a row, making him the first player in the Bearcat baseball program to earn the honor twice.
All it takes is one look at Thompson's numbers in 2012 to see he's deserving of every ounce of recognition he's received.
The Auburn commit ended his junior campaign with a 7-2 record on the mound to go with four saves, 119 strikeouts and a 0.94 ERA. In 67 1-3 innings, he allowed only nine earned runs and five walks. At the plate, Thompson sported a .297 batting average with eight home runs, 40 runs, 37 RBIs, 14 doubles and two triples.
Thompson is in Cary, N.C. this week for USA Baseball's 2012 Tournament of Stars. He was one of the 144 top baseball players invited to the big-name event, which USA Baseball uses to determine its roster for the 18-and-under National Team.
% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 257 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.