Two of Carolina Forest’s top baseball players received yet another accolade.
Pitcher Bryar Johnson and catcher Christian Maggio, both recent high school graduates, were named to the ALL-USA South Carolina Baseball Team this month.
The team is made up of the best players from the state. Johnson and Maggio are the only two from the Carolina Forest area on the list.
The dynamic duo had some of the best stats in the state last season. Johnson notched 65 strikeouts over 40 innings and finished the season with a 1.56 ERA. He had committed to playing for Coastal Carolina University, but Major League Baseball came calling. The Kansas City Royals selected Johnson in the 20th round of the draft; he is currently in Arizona training in the minor leagues.
Maggio was the power at the plate for the Panthers this season, being the only senior batter on the roster. Maggio batted .325, had three home runs and 19 RBIs. Maggio signed to play baseball at the next level with Charleston Southern University.
Carolina Forest High School baseball coach Joey Worley said he is proud of his former players.
“They both worked really hard this whole season and I’m glad that people are recognizing their work,” he said.
“I’m proud to see that they are getting rewarded for their effort. I’m just really proud of both of these young men. They really led the team this past year, being the seniors and teaching the young guys how to work hard and just showed them what true leadership was. I’m looking forward to see what they both do next.”
Maggio was grateful for the recognition, though he’s focused on the next chapter of his career.
“I’m ready to get back out there to play for the Buccaneers,” he said. “But I will always be thankful and proud to have played at Carolina Forest.”
Johnson had the same sentiments.
“It is great to be recognized along with my catcher, because we were really a team, but now I’ve got to focus on the Royals and hopefully get a chance to play in the big leagues soon,” he said.
This is the second straight year that Carolina Forest High School has not only had baseball players go on to play at the colligate level, but to the pros as well.
Last year, the Toronto Blue Jays selected Ryan Gold in the 27th round.