GPC’s Phillips, Beggs named to All-America Team
Georgia Perimeter College’s sophomore shortstop John “J.T.” Phillips was selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association 2014 Division 1 All-America First Team on Tuesday. His teammate, NJCAA strikeout leader Dustin Beggs, earned a spot on the third team.
Phillips, a sophomore infielder and pitcher, led the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with a .419 overall batting average (18th in the nation) and had an outstanding .451 average in conference games.
Last month Phillips, who hails from Columbus and Columbus High School, was named the GCAA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He also was selected to the East-Central All-District Team and the district Gold Glove Team.
“J.T. is one of the best JUCO players in the country. He brings so much to the table,” said GPC head coach Brett Campbell. “He was our best hitter, made only eight errors all year at shortstop, is 94-95 off the mound, can run the bases. He’s just the total package.”
Beggs, from Roswell and Centennial High, led the nation and the conference in strikeouts with 125 on the season. Named to the All-GCAA First Team and the all-district team with an 11-4 record, he paced the league with a 1.65 overall earned run average (14th in the nation), and in conference games kept it to a phenomenal 0.78.
“Dustin had a tremendous year,” Campbell said. “You don’t run into many JUCO pitchers who can command four pitches for strikes like Dustin.”
Article Courtesy Wade Marbaugh; Photos by Gerald Moulder