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All-area baseball team announcedPosted Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at 4:27 PM
Before we announce who is on the Greene County Daily World's annual all-area baseball team for 2009, I would like to try explain something about the process.
I asked area coaches to nominate players, in order, who they felt was deserving of consideration.
But through the course of this, I found out some interesting things. Both the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference and Tri-River Conference teams are selected on the basis of games played only in those respective conferences during a given season.
That means five TRC games determines your worthiness and seven SWIAC games makes your case for selection. With this in mind, I think this limits the accomplishments of making all-conference, which I used to give a lot of consideration to for making an all-area team.
Shouldn't a complete season of hard work instead of a limited number of games be used for judgment. A major leaguer that hit .440 in interleague play, but .220 overall is not going to make the All-Star game, unless fans stuff the ballot box.
Usually conference and overall production would go hand-in-hand, but among the nominees is a player that batted over .375, but was not selected for either team. Two players that earned all-conference honors were not nominated by their coach.
Because of computer complications, we did not have complete stats on all the players nominated. That makes it hard to do comparision. Should a kid be penalized because we don't know how his numbers stack up against other players.
In high school, some of your best athletes pitch. How should you judge a pitcher who doesn't bat their weight, but had good year on the hill?
How do you analyze a player that has a fair record as a pitcher and good, but not great, hitting numbers. One of the reasons because he pitched against quality opponents.
Not that everything is based on numbers. But because of having 30-varsity spring sports teams to cover, it is hard to see all the players more than one or twice before the state tournament.
Also, I have always been a big believer that you have an all-area team based on merit instead of number of players. We don't shoot for having nine or 12 players, but try to have people on the team that are worthy.
Just wanted to let those interested know that the sports staff at the Daily World doesn't haphazardly put these teams together. Everything is considered, even if cuts have to be made.
With all that in mind, here goes nothing.
All 15 players selected, including seven who made the squad last year, were nominated by their coaches.
Greene County Daily World
All-Area Baseball Team
Blane Boyd, Union (Dugger) -- Boyd is a repeat all-area performer.
The senior, who was picked as an all-SWIAC and second team all-TRC player, tied for the team lead with a .439 batting average. He hit .500 with runners in scoring position.
Boyd had a .958 fielding percentage, committing just two errors on the season.
Logan Chesterfield, Union (Dugger) -- Chesterfield was a four-year player for the Bulldogs. The senior batted .318 with an on-base percentage of .396.
On the mound, Chesterfield tossed 54 innings and had a area-low 1.80 ERA. He fanned 67 and walked 20.
Chesterfield, a second-team all-TRC selection, committed just one error in the field (.955 fielding percentage).
Keith Cunningham, Linton-Stockton -- This senior shortstop had 27 hits, in 71 at bats, good for a .380 average.
He finished with five doubles, four home runs, 18 RBIs and 28 runs.
Cunningham finished with 22 putouts, 47 assists and had a fielding percentage of .885.
B.J. Howard, Union (Dugger) -- Howard batted .389 as a senior, including .625 with runners in scoring position.
The senior catcher and pitcher accomplished something no other area player did in 2009 -- he did not commit an error which resulted in a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Howard also was a double-double performer -- earning honors on the all-TRC and all-SWIAC teams.
Dustin Howard, Union (Dugger) -- Howard was the lone underclassmen of the Bulldog players named all-area. He tied Boyd for the team lead in batting (.439).
Howard made the all-SWIAC team and received honorable mention all-Tri-River Conference.
T.J. Hill, Shakamak -- Hill pitched all of the big games for the Lakers, posting a 2.67 ERA and a 6-6 record. He also had two saves.
Hill fanned 107 batters in 70-plus innings. He walked 27 batters.
He also batted .315 with 24 RBIs.
Payton Karl, Bloomfield -- This sophomore third baseman made the Daily World all-area team for the second consecutive season.
The starting third baseman batted .345, one of the top hitters for the Cardinals. He had an on-base percentage of .486 and a slugging percentage of .655.
Karl, who batted .333 as a freshman, also saw time on the mound for Bloomfield.
The all-SWIAC selection also had 14 RBIs and 14 runs.
Evan Karr, White River Valley -- Evan Karr was an all-SWIAC selection as a senior as well as earning a spot on the 2009 Greene County Daily World all-area squad.
Karr batted .351 and had an on-base percentage of .419.
The Wolverine catcher was credited with just two errors and had one passed ball.
Karr was a four-year letterman at WRV.
Sawyer Miller, Eastern Greene -- This senior second baseman led the area with a .500 average (37 hits in 74 at bats), helping the Thunderbirds to a second consecutive Class 2A Sectional championship.
Miller had five doubles, four home runs and 24 RBIs.
His on-base percentage was .573 with a slugging percentage of .730.
The all-SWIAC selection had a fielding percentage of .816 with 32 assists and 30 putouts.
Adam Neff, Linton-Stockton -- This senior helped turned seven double plays from his second-base position and had just five miscues on the season.
Offensively, Neff, who was an all-TRC first team selection and also a member of the all-SWIAC squad, batted .306 with seven doubles, two home runs, 26 runs, 22 RBIs and 13 walks, giving him an on-base percentage of .486.
Billy Newton, Shakamak -- This junior infielder led the Lakers with a .442 batting average and a .849 slugging percentage.
Newton was among the area leaders with seven home runs and 34 RBIs. He also belted out 12 doubles.
He was a first-team all-TRC selection as well as being named all-SWIAC.
He also made the Greene County Daily World all-area team last year.
Cody Pearson, Bloomfield -- This senior right-handed pitcher finished his career with a 5-1 record and a 2.40 ERA in '09.
He set a school record when he fanned 20 batters in a victory over White River Valley.
Pearson, an all-SWIAC selection, had a .468 batting average with a slugging percentage of .823.
He hit eight home runs in 2009, giving his a career total of 21, a new BHS record.
Pearson, who also made the all-area team in 2008, will attend Franklin College and play baseball.
Ty Scott, Linton-Stockton -- This sophomore played outfield as well as pitched for the Miners.
He finished the season hitting .362 with 25 hits, four doubles, three homers, 19 runs and 19 RBIs.
He won 5 of 6 decisions on the mound with a 4.50 ERA. He fanned 37 and walked 26 in 32 1/2 innings.
Scott earned all-SWIAC honors and was a second team all-TRC selection.
John Smith, Shakamak -- Smith had to make the move from infield to behind the plate for the Lakers in 2009. But the junior repeated as an all-area selection.
Smith was second for Shakamak with a .356 average with 14 RBIs.
Smith was an first-team all-TRC selection and also was on the all-SWIAC squad.
Brad Thomas, Linton-Stockton -- As a freshman, Thomas had an immediate impact for the Miners. He batted .448 with four doubles, three home runs, 20 runs and 16 RBIs. He walked 14 times, giving him an on-base percentage of .690.
Thomas started nine games for the Miners, posting a 5-3 record with a 3.97 ERA. He struck out 54 and walked 30.
Thomas, the only freshman selected, was a second-team all-TRC selection.
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