Player of The Year

Dakota Benner

Montpelier, Senior

First Team

Caleb Frank

Fairview, Sophomore

Frank tore the cover off the ball this season and had a team high .435 batting average. He slashed .435/.547/.452 and routinely found his way on base for the Apaches this season. Just a sophomore, he also found success on the mound, too. He threw a team high 38 1/3 innings, where he allowed 23 hits, 25 walks and just eight earned runs. He posted an ERA of 1.45 — the lowest on the team — and had a WHIP of 1.382. He was named to the Second Team in the Green Meadows Conference.

Dom James

Bryan, Junior

James was a standout on the mound for the Golden Bears this season, as he posted a team high 61 2/3 innings pitched for Bryan. He won six games and had an ERA of 1.24 and a WHIP of 1.135. He allowed 53 hits, walked just 16 and struck out 64 batters along the way. He was solid at the plate, too, where he slashed .286/.455/.310 and had eight RBIs. He was selected to the First Team Northwest Ohio Athletic League for his season

Christian McKinney

Hilltop, Senior

Despite playing on a torn ACL this season, it was difficult to tell there was anything wrong with McKinney. He led the team in batting average (.400), was second in on-base percentage (.495) and first in slugging (.547). He had 19 RBIs, including nine extra base hits, on his way to a stellar senior year. He threw 11 1/3 innings on the mound and appeared in eight games, where he allowed 14 hits and six earned runs. McKinney was selected to the First Team in the Buckeye Border Conference.

Blake Altaffer

Montpelier, Sophomore

Just a sophomore, Altaffer was one of the BBC’s most dominant pitchers. He threw 30 innings for the Locomotives this year, only trailing the BBC’s Player of The Year in Benner, and had an ERA of 0.93. He allowed 19 hits, four earned runs and walked just four batters all year. He struck out 55 and hit just one batter, too. At the plate, he batted .327 and had a team-best on-base percentage of .570. He drew 26 walks as well. Altaffer was named to the First Team in the BBC.

Kaiden Clendenin

Hilltop, Junior

Clendenin was one of the BBC’s best pitchers this season for the Cadets, as he led the team in innings pitched with 59. He posted a 1.42 ERA and a WHIP of 1.153. In nine starts, he allowed 47 hits and 12 earned runs. He walked 21 and struck out 56 batters, on his way to First-Team BBC honors. At the plate, he slashed .369/.430/.476 and had 14 RBIs. He tallied eight extra-base hits, as he became a two-way threat for the Cadets. Clendenin was selected to the First Team in the BBC.

Daryke Bass

Edon, Senior

A workhorse for the Bombers this season, Bass led all pitchers in the area with 76 innings pitched and tallied six wins. He also tallied an area-best 86 punch-outs. He had a WHIP of 1.13 and allowed 27 earned runs. Bass started 13 of the team’s 23 games on the season and had six of the 11 wins. Bass was named to the First Team in the BBC.

Austin Kiess

Edon, Junior

A shortstop for the Bombers this season, Kiess was far and away Edon’s best hitter. He slashed .415/.541/.531, all of which are easily the highest on his team. His .415 batting average ranked third among all area hitters. He stole 18 bases and struck out just 15 times, too, in addition to being a plus defender for the Bombers, Kiess was named to the First Team in the BBC for his season.

Thomas Bost

Stryker, Senior

Bost had the second best batting average in the area with a .431 average this season. He had 28 hits, 12 of which were extra-base hits. He led the Panthers in RBIs with 23 and runs with 19. His 28 hits placed him fifth in the area for total hits, too. Bost was named to the First Team in the BBC for his standout season.

Logan Boetz

Stryker, Senior

Boetz got it done on the mound for Stryker this season and threw 50 1/3 innings and posted a 5-1 record with a save. His boasted an ERA of 1.81, allowed just 36 hits and struck out 82 batters. He walked only 13, too. Boetz added two of the team’s three home runs as well. Boetz was named to the First Team in the BBC in his senior year.

Riley Lucas

Fairview, Junior

Lucas had a .403 batting average this season, good enough for fourth in the area and second on the Apaches. He slashed .403/.530/.558 with 15 walks, 30 runs, 17 RBIs and just 14 strikeouts. He also stole 13 bases on the season. Lucas was named to the First Team in the GMC.

Cade Polter

Fairview, Junior

Polter, along with Caleb Frank, was one of Fairview’s two workhorse pitchers this season. Polter threw 37 2/3 innings and allowed just 26 hits. He walked 16, struck out 40 and allowed just eight earned runs for an ERA of 1.49. His WHIP was 1.221, too. At the plate, he batted .281 and had a .378 on-base percentage and a .328 slugging percentage. He also drew nine walks. Polter was named to the Second Team in the GMC.

Cade Ripke

Fairview, Junior

A speed demon on the basepaths for the Apaches this year, Ripke led the team, and area, in stolen bases with 26. Ripke slashed .367/.485/.481 and had 29 hits, good enough for sixth in the area. Ripke walked 12 times, scored 27 runs, added 19 RBIs (eighth in the area) and struck out just 11 times.

Honorable Mention

Benny Roebuck, Bryan; Jacob Champion, Hilltop; Nate Miller, Bryan; Collin Crisenbery, Montpelier; Zach Pittman, Bryan; Braydon Cape, Edgerton; Colton Schmunk, North Central; Brock O’Neal, Montpelier; Skyler Butterfield, Hilltop; Jay Garrett, Hilltop; Hunter Fritch, Fairview; Hunter Bostater, Fairview; Ethan Khandaker, Bryan;

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