In the last of the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association 2010 awards we’ll look at the players of the year from each of the 16 regions. You can also see the coach and assistant coach of the year for each region here.
Two first-inning runs were all Region 10 champion Harrison County High School needed Saturday as the school held on for its fourth Kentucky High School Athletic Association championship with a 2-1 win over Region Six champion Butler High School. Harrison County freshman starting pitcher Jordan Martin earned the championship victory after allowing just one run in a complete-game performance. Martin struck out five and walked just three. Harrison County scored its two first-inning runs with two outs on a RBI single from junior right fielder Shane Fowler that scored junior left fielder Eric Sanders and a RBI single from junior designated hitter Samuel Logan Daily that scored senior shortstop Jared Martin. Sanders was named the state tournament MVP.
Butler senior starting pitcher Kyle McGrath almost equaled Martin’s pitching performance by allowing just two runs in his own complete-game performance. McGrath struck out eight batters and walked none. McGrath, an Eastern Kentucky University signee, ended the state tournament with 26 strikeouts in 15 innings. Butler senior shortstop Zach Lucas was the only player in the game to record multiple hits with a 2-4, one-run scored performance. (Box Score)
Player of the game: SP Jordan Martin — Martin, a freshman, had pitched just 27 innings before the state championship game but certainly didn’t show his inexperience in a complete game performance. Martin surrendered just one run on five hits in seven innings and struck out five while walking three. The performance ended Harrison County’s season on a 24-game winning streak.
The Kentucky High School Baseball Coach’s Association has released its 2010 preseason top 50 players list. The honorees are listed below by first name alphabetical order with college commitments when known:
Aaron Schwobel (Campbellsville)
Andrew Bowling (Trinity)
Austin Clay (Daviess Co.)
Austin Pugh (Conner)
Austin Lyons (Paintsville)
Beau Bouthilette (Elizabethtown)
Brandon Alphin (Bullit East) — University of Louisville
Brian Hockman (Pleasure Ridge Park)
Brian Doering (Manual) — Western Kentucky University
Brock Downey (Murray) — Murray State University
Bud Mortin (West Jessamine) — Morehead State University
Chris Beymer (PLD) — Purdue University
Cole Isom (Christian Co.)
Cole Sturgeon (Owensboro Catholic) — UofL
Corey Littrell (Trinity) — University of Kentucky
Corey Sloan (Hazard)
Dakota Ritchie (Breathitt Co.)
Dalton West (Apollo)
Derek Stapleton (East Carter)
Duran Elmore (Danville) — Morehead St.
Eric Standafer (Shelby Co.)
Gus Wise (Lee Co.)
J. T. Riddle (Western Hills) — UK
Jacob Russell (Anderson Co.)
Jared Martin (Harrison Co.)
Jeff Gardner (Whitefield Academy)
Jimmy Conway (Eastern)
John Fidanza (Ballard) — Coastal Carolina
Jordan Cessna (Henderson Co.) — WKU
Justin Hageman (Hopkinsville) — WKU
Kyle Gibson (Henderson Co.)
Kyle Cornett (Eastern) — Murray St.
Logan Dailey (Harrison Co.)
Logan McQueary (George Rogers Clark)
Loui Helmburg (West Jessamine) — Marshall University