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Former South standout Brown earns all-Peach Belt Conference recognition
K.C. Brown
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AUGUSTA– The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced its year-end awards for baseball Thursday, with Georgia College taking four spots each on the first and second teams.

Starting pitcher Josh Hudgins (Dunwoody), and outfielders Cam Hill (Marietta) and Paul Grazzini (Marietta) joined designated hitter Brandon Bellflower (Milledgeville) on the All-PBC First Team.

Earning spots on the All-PBC Second Team were starting pitcher Brennan Crooms (Metter), shortstop KC Brown (Savannah)Austin Holloway (Social Circle) at second base and Bellflower again, this time at first base.

The eight All-PBC honorees are tied for the most in a single season for Bobcat Baseball, matching the record set in 2018 when six took first-team designation and two landed on the second team.

Hill is the lone Bobcat to make his second appearance on the all-conference list this season, after being chosen to the All-PBC Second Team in 2019. He is the team leader with a .349 average this season, scoring 41 runs and driving in 24, while stealing 16 bases. The most recent All-PBC First Team outfielder was Wesley Wommack (2019) in 2019. "Cam has had such a special career and this year is no different," said head coach Nolan Belcher. "He is one of those guys that can take over a game and put a team on his back. Cam is playing some of his best baseball down this postseason run and I'm so happy for him. He is an absolute stud in every phase of the game and I will miss seeing '12' walk through the gates of the Kurtz next year."

Hudgins is 6-4 with a 3.81 ERA and 60 strikeouts in his 89 2/3 innings. He is the first All-PBC First Team starting pitcher for the Bobcats since Charlie Hecht (2018) in 2018. "Hudgins has been a staple for our staff the last two seasons," said Belcher. "His work ethic and attention to detail is unmatched. I'm so happy for him and the fantastic year he has had so far."

Grazzini owns a .338 average with six home runs, driving in 39 runs and scoring 44 times. "I'm so happy for Paul and all he has accomplished this 2022 season," said Belcher. "He has worked so hard all year and I'm so thrilled it is all paying off for him this spring. He is one of the tougher guys who has handled adversity all year and performed at an elite level."

Bellflower is hitting .342 with a team-best 10 home runs and 41 RBIs. He is the first All-PBC First Team DH for the Bobcats since Cody Maas (2013) in 2012, and the first in program history to appear on the all-conference team in multiple positions. "Bellflower has solidified himself as one of the most dangerous hitters in the Peach Belt," said Belcher. "A tireless worker who has earned every bit of success he has experienced, the most exciting part about Belly is how much more room he has to improve. The sky is the limit and I can't wait to see him continue to develop."

Crooms is 7-3 with a 3.71 ERA in his 63 innings of work, fanning 52 batters. "Crooms has been such a huge piece to GC his whole career, but especially this 2022 season," said Belcher. "He has pitched some big games and has come up clutch, time after time. I'm so happy he is finishing his career on a high note and pitching well down the stretch."

Brown, formerly of South Effingham, is hitting .331 with nine home runs and team-best 42 runs batted in. "Despite missing about five weeks due to a hamstring injury, KC has put together a phenomenal season," said Belcher. "He's one of those guys who hits baseballs so far that it makes your jaw drop. He has been a joy to be around each and every day as his coach, and I'm so happy for him and his success this year."

Boasting a .339 average, Holloway has plated 29 runs and scored 27 times this season. "Holly has had a stellar year not only offensively, but defensively as well," said Belcher. "His ability to catch and play the infield has been a major key for our team this 2022 season. I'm so happy that he has had a great year and put an exclamation point on such a fantastic career here at Georgia College."

The Bobcats return to action in the PBC finals, a four-team, double-elimination tournament May 13-15. No. 2-seed Georgia College takes on No. 3-seed Georgia Southwestern State University Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in Columbus. Tickets are only available for purchase online through the Peach Belt Conference website at

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