Southern Union’s Jackson Hesterlee Lands National Honor
HESTERLEE WAS ALSO NAMED ACCC NORTH DIVISION P.O.Y
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Southern Union outfielder Jackson Hesterlee is the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Community College Athlete of the Year.
A North Carolina signee, Hesterlee will be presented the statewide award at the organization’s banquet Sunday night in Hoover, Alabama.
He led the Alabama Community College Conference with a .420 batting average while driving in 52 runs in 50 games. He was the ACCC North Division Player of the Year.
Hesterlee ranked among the Top 5 in the conference in a number of statistical categories, including runs (50), hits (68), doubles (16) and triples (four). He was second with a .532 on-base percentage and a .716 slugging percentage.
A product of Carrollton High School in Georgia, he graduated from Southern Union with an Associate in Science degree and a 4.0 grade point average. He also graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Carrollton, where he ranked seventh in his class of 338.
Hesterlee plans to study business at North Carolina.
“He’s just one of those kinds of kids that you always dream of coaching, and you wish all of them were like that,” Southern Union coach Joe Jordan said. “It makes it easy for a coach. And he’s a great athlete.”