Barbour is honored for academics

Former Franklin County baseball standout Hunter Barbour is a senior at NCAA Division II King (Tennessee) University.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Hunter Barbour, a rising senior baseball player at King (Tenn.) University, is one of 20 Tornado players who have been named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll for the spring semester.

In all, 235 King student-athletes were cited.

Each semester, student-athletes from league schools who achieve a 3.2 grade-point-average (GPA) or better are recognized.

All student-athletes, including underclassmen, transfers and those who play sports not affiliated with the conference, are eligible for recognition as long as they have participated in a sport during the given semester.

Barber is a former Franklin County standout performer who spent the past summer as an assistant coach with Rocky Mount Post 6’s Senior American Legion team, which won the District F championship and advanced to the state tournament.

During his junior campaign, Barbour started 39 of the 40 games in which he played. He batted .327 with 48 hits, 16 doubles, five home runs. He drove in 35 runs and scored 22.

Barbour attained a .387 on-base percentage and a .5376 slugging percentage.

Barbour ranked fourth in the conference in doubles, had three games in which he hit two doubles, led King with 15 multiple-hit games, including four games with three hits and also tied for the team lead with 10 multiple RBI games.

Barbour produced a career-best five-game hitting streak and he takes a three-game hitting streak into his senior campaign.

Barbour drove in four runs on two hits, including a home run, in a win over Tusculum (Tennessee.) University, on April 9 and he collected six RBIs in a game against Lincoln Memorial (Tennessee.) University on April 16. In that contest, he belted a double and a home run.

Other schools that compete in Conference Carolinas are: Barton (North Carolina) College, Belmont Abbey (North Carolina) College, Chowan (North Carolina) University, Converse (South Carolina) College, Emmanuel (Georgia) College,, Erskine (South Carolina) College, Lees-McRae (North Carolina) College , Limestone (North Carolina) College,, University of Mount Olive (North Carolina), North Greenville (South Carolina) University and Southern Wesleyan (South Carolina) University.

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