CKL coaches select 7 Trojans for baseball

Seven members of the 13-7 Hillsboro High School baseball team received all-league recognition from Central Kansas League coaches.

Four Trojans made the first team: sophomore Austin Cross at pitcher, senior Jordan Faul at second base, junior Justus Hilliard at third base, junior Micah Allen in the outfield and junior David Dick as a utility player.

Cross went 3-1 as a pitcher with an earned-run average of 1.95 with 51 strikeouts in 32.1 innings. As a hitter, he batted .460 with a team-high eight doubles. He was third in base hits with 29.

Faul batted .448 with 30 hits, 20 runs scored and a team-high 13 runs batted in. Hilliard, in his first season with the team, batted .364 with 20 hits and 10 RBIs. Allen led the Trojans in hits (32), batting average (.478) and runs scored (26). Dick batted .432 with 19 hits and 12 RBIs.

Cross and Faul also were picked for the second team?Cross as a first baseman and Faul as a pitcher. Faul went 2-1 on the mound with one save in 24.1 innings. He struck out 28 batters and posted an ERA of 1.86.

Dylan Nelson received honorable mention as a pitcher. The sophomore left-hander posted a 4-2 record with an ERA of 3.19 over 30.1 innings.

Hillsboro finished in a second-place tie in the league with Kingman (14-7 overall) at 10-4. Lyons claimed the title with an 11-3 record. The Lions qualified for the 3A state tournament and finished the season 18-6.

2014 All-CKL baseball

First team

Pitcher: Grady Kirkhart, jr., Lyons; Jacob Buckman, jr., Lyons; Austin Cross, so., Hills?boro; TJ Krueger, jr., Kingman.

Catcher: Austin Taylor, sr., Kingman.

First base: Grady Kirkhart, jr., Lyons.

Second base: Jordan Faul, sr., Hillsboro.

Third base: Justus Hilliard, jr., Hillsboro.

Shortstop: Ryan McClure, sr., Lyons.

Outfield: Parker Maloney, fr., Kingman; Jacob Buckman, jr., Lyons; Blake Beckett, so., Halstead; Micah Allen, jr., Hillsboro.

Utility: David Dick, jr., Hillsboro; Dakota Venard, jr., Pratt.

Designated hitter: Tim Ruble, jr., Smoky Valley; Chance Jordan, jr., Nickerson.

Second team

Pitcher: Ryan McClure, sr., Lyons; Blake Beckett, so., Halstead; Coby Jarrell, jr., Halstead; Jordan Faul, sr., Hillsboro.

Catcher: Dakota Nave, jr., Lyons.

First base: Austin Cross, so., Hillsboro.

Second base: Dylan Ratzlaff, so., Halstead; Jacob Kurz, so., Pratt.

Third base: Bryan Young, sr., Nickerson.

Shortstop: Shane VanSteenburg, sr., Halstead; Braxton Bangert, sr., Kingman.

Outfield: Angel Holguin, sr., Lyons; Zach Wright, so., Halstead; Ezra Ezell, fr., Haven; Kirk Barnes, jr., Smoky Valley.

Utility: Eric Williams, so., Haven.

Designated hitter: None.

Honorable mention

Pitcher: Mitchell Packard, sr., Kingman; Dylan Nelson, so., Hillsboro; Mitchell Vincent, jr., Lyons; Will Fellholter, sr., Pratt.

Catcher: Jerry Black, sr., Halstead.

First base: Brett Forshee, sr., Pratt; Joseph Stovall, jr., Halstead; Caelan Yohn, jr., Haven.

Second base: Eddie Landeros, jr., Lyons.

Third base: Mitchell Vincent, jr., Lyons; Hayden Schrag, so., Pratt.

Shortstop: Cody Delk, sr., Hillsboro; Braden Stewart, fr., Nickerson; Jordan Schafer, so., Haven.

Outfield: Tony Santiago, sr., Halstead; Christian Hansen, sr., Smoky Valley; Casey Goble, jr., Nickerson.

Utility: Ricky Pray, jr., Lyons.

Designated hitter: None.

Central Kansas League

(Final) League Overall

W L W L

Lyons* 11 3 18 6

Hillsboro 10 4 13 6

Kingman 10 4 14 7

Pratt 9 5 10 9

Halstead 9 5 10 11

Haven 3 11 3 16

Nickerson 3 11 3 18

Smoky Valley 1 13 1 18

*Qualified for state

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