Hayden Dawson

Berkeley catcher Hayden Dawson, right, had a double in each 5A-2A-1A South victory.

Berkeley High School’s Hayden Dawson was the lone catcher and spent all 14 innings behind the dish for the Class 5A-2A-1A South all-star squad on May 21-22.

Dawson also did great work in the batter’s box, collecting two doubles in four at-bats to go with a pair of hit-by-pitches as the 5A-2A-1A South won both games, 3-2, in the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association all-star event in Lexington.

Dawson was named the team’s MVP.

“People asked me how many catchers I needed and I said just one,” said Berkeley baseball coach Landy Cox, who headed up the 5A-2A-1A South all-stars. “He did what he had done for us all year. He held his own with some of the better players in South Carolina.”

The 5A-2A-1A South all-stars edged the Class 5A-2A-1A North all-stars on opening night and slipped past the Class 4A-3A South all-stars to go 2-0.

It was Cox’s first time in one of the SCBCA all-star games. He was assisted by Summerville’s Alan Bridges.

With a strong showing in Lexington, Dawson capped a stellar senior campaign. He earned All-Region 7-AAAAA honors after batting over .360 with an on-base percentage over .500 as the Stags won the region championship.

Cox said Dawson plans to attend Charleston Southern as a student and wants to be a teacher and coach someday.