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STUDENT-athlete. A two word term used to describe kids that choose to excel in the classroom and on the field of play.   South Mecklenburg High School senior baseball and basketball player Max Bazin provides the perfect example of a STUDENT-athlete. The son of Jerry and Lisa Bazin carries a 4.85 grade point average in the classroom and a dynamic set of skills on the baseball field. The 2015 Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Scholar Athlete of the Year is all set for his final season with the Sabres Baseball Team. It’s been quite a career for Max, capped off by a state championship in his sophomore season.

 

The sophomore year was very special for Max. Max climbed on the mound and recorded a dream season with a of 10-2 record, including 2 saves. Max finished with a 1.85 ERA with 60 strikeouts against 18 walks in 83 innings. Max’s strong pitching was a catalyst to the Sabres winning the state championship.   Last season Max posted a record of 7-4 on the mound with a 1.58 ERA. He had 41 strikeouts against 16 walks in 62 1/3 innings. He batted .442 with 7 doubles, 1 triple, 28 RBI’s, 32 runs scored, stole 20 bases on 20 attempts, and had a .697 on base percentage. When Max isn’t on the mound, he plays Shortstop, Catcher, Second base and Outfield for the Sabres.

 

Max has also enjoyed a very successful showcase baseball career. He has been named to many All-American Team and also played two seasons in the NC State Games for Region 6. Max has also twice been a member of the USA NTIS Mid-Atlantic Team.

 

All of those honors seemed to come to a screeching halt early last summer for Max when a major arm injury was discovered.

 

 

“Finding out I had to have Tommy John surgery at such a crucial time in my recruitment was devastating. It forced me to miss much of the summer season and all of the fall which was upsetting considering I missed out on the biggest tournament of my travel ball career in Jupiter, Florida. It took a toll on me emotionally but I was determined to come back stronger and show everyone that I had the ability to play at the next level.”

 

“I thank God everyday that the coaches at Davidson didn’t lose interest in me and continued to recruit me. I have just finished my last stage of Physical Therapy and my arm feels fantastic. I won’t be able to pitch this school season which didn’t make me happy of course but I have confidence in the guys we have and that they will be willing to step up to the challenge and compete in our conference. I was recently cleared by Dr. Andrews and Dr. Perry for position play this spring.”

 

One thing that became a major advantage for Max in the recruiting period was the fact he was an outstanding student. College coaches noticed his dedication in the classroom and knew he had the same commitment to baseball success.

 

“Academics are of such importance to me because baseball doesn’t last forever. That message has always been preached to me ever since I was a kid so I have always put a great emphasis on my grades and doing my very best in the classroom.”

 

Davidson stayed strong on their recruitment of Max once he was injured. As Max learned more and more about Davidson, he realized they offered the perfect fit for his academic and athletic profile. Max plans to major in Economics at Davidson.

 

Max is very thankful for the folks that have stood behind him and helped to become the player and person he is today.

 

“I would like to thank my family for always being there for me and supporting me and I want to attribute much of my success to my coaches and instructors who have taken care of me and helped me become the best ball player possible.”

 

 

The South Charlotte Sports Report sends out our best wishes to Max Bazin on his senior season. We are very proud of the effort he has given to both his academics and to baseball.   Keep reaching for the stars Max and enjoy the ride.