Nick Kuebler and Andy Duran Selected to All-State Baseball Team

Nick Kuebler All-State. (Ed Berti)
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Andy Duran All-State. (Ed Berti)

The Queens Grant Stallions baseball program continues to produce good solid baseball players under head coach Dan Kerr and the excellent coaching staff. This year two players for the first time were selected to the Class 1A All-State Baseball Team. Both players are juniors and will be returning next season to lead the Stallions. The PAC 7 Conference champions lost in the fourth round of the state championship tournament to the eventual state champion Uwharrie Charter Academy.

Power hitting first baseman Nick Kuebler along with strong defensive center field standout Andy Duran with a solid bat were both announced this past week. This is Duran’s second nomination to the All-State team as he was selected last season as a sophomore. Kuebler is a first time selection to the All-State team and his nomination is well deserved.

In 2019 Kuebler put up some very impressive numbers, his batting average was .435, 30 hits, 33 RBI’s, 19 runs scored, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, an OBP .517, SLG .695. OPS 1.213, 12 stolen bases, and a fielding percentage .962. He also had four appearances in relief with a 1.31 ERA.

While Duran whose offensive numbers declined from an outstanding 2018 season hitting .541 with 40 hits, 17 extra base hits and 27 RBI’s, improved his game in other areas and achieved his goal to repeat and earn a selection to the All-State team.

In 2019 Duran still produced solid numbers, a batting average of .398, 33 hits, 27 RBI’s, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 27 runs scored, 22 stolen bases, OBP .474, SLG .674, OPS 1.149, including a fielding percentage of .985. He also had seven appearances in relief for the Stallions during the 27 game season. He anchored the outfield with some fine defensive play throughout the entire campaign and returns next season for a possible three-peat.

The Mint Hill Times and Sports Editor would like to congratulate both athletes for their selection to the Class 1A All-State Baseball Team.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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