- Madison Central
- St. Xavier
- Central Hardin
- Lexington Catholic
- Paul Laurence Dunbar
- Pleasure Ridge Park
- Covington Catholic
- Tates Creek
- Bryan Station
- Harrison County
- Allen County Scottsville
- Woodford County
- Lawrence County
- Henderson County
- Warren East
- 1. St. Xavier
- 2. Madison Central
- 3. Eastern
- 4. Lexington Catholic
- 5. Paul Laurence Dunbar
- 6. Ballard
- 7. Male
- 8. Pleasure Ridge Park
- 9. Apollo
- 10. Central Hardin
- 11. Lafayette
- 12. Harrison County
- 13. Hopkinsville
- 14. Tates Creek
- 15. West Jessamine
- 16. Woodford County
- 17. Danville
- 18. Covington Catholic
- 18. Daviess County
- 20. Butler
- 21. Pikeville
- 22. Lawrence County
- 23. Clay County
- 24. Trinity
- 25. Allen County Scottsville
- 25. Bryan Station
- 1 — St. Xavier
- 2 — Lexington Catholic
- 3 — Eastern
- 4 — Male
- 4 — Paul Laurence Dunbar
- 6 — Apollo
- 7 — Harrison County
- 8 — Ballard
- 9 — Central Hardin
- 9 — Pleasure Ridge Park
- 11 — Madison Central
- 12 — West Jessamine
- 13 — Lafayette
- 14 — Trinity
- 15 — Daviess County
- 16 — Hopkinsville
- 17 — Henderson County
- 18 — Clay County
- 19 — Beechwood
- 20 — Somerset
- 21 — Tates Creek
- 22 — Danville
- 23 — Covington Catholic
- 24 — Pikeville
- 25 — Woodford County
Inspired by College Baseball Daily’s list of the top 100 college baseball players, BluGrass Baseball is counting down the top 25 returning Kentucky collegians in advance of the 2011 season. We continue the list today with No. 20, a player who posted one of the most memorable Kentucky high school seasons in recent years.
No. 20 — 1B Rich Witten — Coastal Carolina (Danville HS)
First baseman Rich Witten slugged 25 home runs as a senior at Danville High School, the second most in one season in Kentucky High School history. During his first three seasons at Coastal Carolina, Witten has experience moderate success. Witten earned a medical redshirt as a freshman even after appearing in 11 games. As a redshirt sophomore in 2010 Witten batted .312 with four home runs, 22 RBI and 22 runs scored in 39 games, including 15 starts. The Danville slugger spent the last month of 2010 as the Coastal Carolina primary first baseman and enters 2011 in that role.
During the summer 2010 Witten batted .288 with six home runs, 25 RBI and 25 runs scored in 32 games for the Outer Banks Daredevils of the Coastal Plains League. Witten was named to the all-tournament team of the Myrtle Beach Regional during the 2010 NCAA tournament, batting .278 with a home run, double and six RBI. In the regional championship game versus College of Charleston, Witten slugged a grand slam and scored the eventual winning run.
Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:
- Derrick Goold of Baseball America ranks Louisville native Zack Cox the No. 2 prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals’ system.
- Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports via Twitter the Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and other teams have expressed interest in Louisville native and former Morehead St. right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch.
- College Baseball Daily continues its countdown of the top 100 college baseball players with University of Louisville junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych at No. 13.
- Danville High School junior catcher Andrew Lasure will participate in the 2011 Under Armour Pre-Season All-American Tournament Jan. 14-16 in Tuscon, Ariz.
- WDRB-TV in Louisville reports on the $45 million, state-of-the-art youth baseball complex planned for the city.
Two signees from the University of Louisville and Morehead State University have been named Louisville Slugger All Americans by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper. One of the four players, Duran Elmore, attended a Kentucky high school. Check out the list of players with Kentucky connections below or look at the entire list here:
- RHP Dace Kime — Defiance HS (Ohio) — UofL
- C Jake Depew — Granite City HS (Ill.) — UofL
- OF/LHP Duran Elmore — Danville High School — Morehead St.
- C Caden Cleveland — Christian Heritage Academy (Okla.) — Morehead St.
- Brock Downey — Murray High School
- Justin Hageman — Hopkinsville High School
- Kyle Gibson — Henderson County High School
- Cole Isom — Christian County High School
- Cole Sturgeon — Owensboro Catholic High School
- Ty Downing – Greenwood High School
- Shane Waldrop — Warren Central High School
- Brandon Alphin — Bullitt East High School
- Corey Littrell – Trinity High School
- John Fidanza – Ballard High School
- Kyle Cornett – Eastern High School
- Brian Doering – Manual High School
- Jared Martin — Harrison County High School
- Trevor Gott — Tates Creek High School
- J.T. Riddle — Western Hills High School
- Lucas Witt — Lexington Christian Academy
- Louie Helmburg — West Jessamine High School
- Duran Elmore — Danville High School
- Tyler Saltsman — Grayson County High School
- Mikey Scott — Grayson County High School
- Matt Bowles — Bullitt East High School
- Taylor Banks — Pleasure Ridge Park
- Ryan Messex — Louisville Male High School
- Matt Spalding — St. X
- Spencer Drake — Eastern High School
- Corey Bays — Henry Clay High School
- Eric Standafer — Shelby County High School
- Austin Pugh — Conner High School
- Brice Smallwood — Dixie Heights High School
- Logan Dailey — Harrison County High School
- Taylor Martin — Lexington Catholic High School
- Evan Stephens — Lexington Christian Academy
- Aaron Watts — McCreary Central High School
- Noah Smallwood — West Jessamine High School
- Chandler Shepherd — Lawrence County High School
- Gavin Miller — Pikeville High School
You can see the honorable mention team with player’s from each region here.
The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its latest top 25, and two Lexington teams headline the rankings. No. 1 Lexington Catholic and No. 2 Lexington Christian will face off Tuesday in one of the biggest games of the high school season. For more information about the showdown check out Adam Revelette’s preview for Examiner.com here.
- Lexington Catholic (22) — 786 pts.
- Lexington Christian (3) — 701 pts.
- Eastern (4) — 640 pts.
- Pleasure Ridge Park (1) — 619 pts.
- West Jessamine (7) — 600 pts.
- St. Xavier (4) — 591 pts.
- Tates Creek (1) — 518 pts.
- Apollo (2) — 453 pts.
- Harrison County (1) — 392
- Male — 367
- Trinity — 263
- Henderson County — 252
- Franklin County — 248
- Lafayette — 244
- Elizabethtown (1) — 240
- Ballard — 217
- Glasgow — 197
- Dupont Manual (1) — 190
- Central Hardin — 166
- Bullit East — 134
- Western Hills — 127
- Butler — 114
- Mercer County — 108
- Danville (1) — 99
- Bryan Station (1) — 96
We had a brief hiatus in the early signing period breakdowns for the Thanksgiving holiday, but now we’ll pick back up with Morehead State. The Golden Eagles finished 2009 at 20-32, but did boast a 12-10 Ohio Valley Conference record. Coach Jay Sorg signed six freshman for 2011 during the fall. I’ve included some 2009 highlights and Sorg’s comments on each player below.
P — Ryan Rogers — Wabash Valley JC — Owensboro Catholic
- 6-1, 3.13, 63 IP, 55 SO
- Sorg: “We believe Ryan can be in our starting rotation right away. He has the ability to throw three quality pitches for strikes at any time. He knows how to make the big pitch. Ryan is an ultra-competitor and proven winner. His experience against top college hitters will be invaluable to our club. This guy knows how to pitch. Coach Fournier and his staff do a tremendous job of recruiting and developing great players. We are very fortunate to get Ryan into our program.”
P — Noah Smallwood — West Jessamine High School
- .198 BA against, 1.34 ERA, 42 SO, 34 IP
- Sorg: “Noah is one the most improved pitchers in the state. He continues to gain velocity and has developed a sharper breaking ball. His fastball showcases a tremendous amount of run and sink. We really like his upside and feel that he will be a good fit for our staff.”
P — Kyle Williams — Shawnee Community College — Heath HS
- Signed with Shawnee as an outfielder but moved to the mound in 2009.
- Sorg: “Kyle really has the chance to be a great signing for us. He has taken to pitching quickly. Kyle has a free and easy arm that showcases in the low to mid 90’s. He already has an idea and feel for pitching. More innings of development could put him over the top. We feel he will have an immediate impact on our staff despite his limited time on the mound.”
C — Caden Cleveland — Oklahoma City, OK
- .541 BA, 30-game hitting streak, Diamond Baseball First Team All-American
- Sorg: “Caden is a guy who is capable of being an impact middle of the order hitter for us very early in his career. He had several offers from schools in power conferences. Caden is a draftable talent on the field but even more impressive is his high character off the diamond. It speaks volumes about his family and upbringing. This is a big signing for us.”
SS — Bud Morton — West Jessamine High School
- .385 BA, .497 on-base percentage, 36 SB
- Sorg: “With Bud, we believe that our program has landed the most exciting position player in the state. He is one of the fastest players at any level. His speed and athleticism can instantly change the course of a game. He plays with an energy and passion that is contagious. He has been one of the most fun and dedicated players we have ever recruited. We know under Coach Hamilton’s system that he is tough and well-trained. We are excited to get him on campus.”
OF/P — Duran Elmore — Danville High School
- .408 BA, .520 on-base, 46 SB — 1.62 ERA, 106 SO, 77 IP
- Sorg: “Duran is another athletic player who fits well into our system. He is a young senior and we believe there is a tremendous upside to an already great player. He follows a long line of impact Eagle players coached by Paul Morse. He is very competitive and knows how to win impact points in the course of a game. He is a great addition to our club.”
All quotes are via a Morehead news release you can read here.
In the last of the high school record book posts, we’ll wrap up the career record holders in various categories. Remember the KHSAA official (an seemingly incomplete) record book is available online.
- Runs: J. B. Schmidt — Harrison Co. — 311
- Triples: Brad Wilkerson — Apollo — 21
- Walks: J. B. Schmidt — Harrison Co. — 166
- Wins: Paul Morse — Danville — 55
- ERA: David Slovak — Eastern — 0.85
- Strikeouts: Paul Morse — Danville — 651