Senior designated hitter
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Allen hit .500 with seven doubles, one home run and 26 RBIs. He sees the ball well at the plate, striking out once this season. He came into the year as Carroll’s No. 1 pitcher. “We knew McCae could hit the ball and drive in runs,” Ebright said.
Davis hit .416 with six doubles and nine stolen bases. The Tabor didn’t commit an error in 34 chances for the Mavericks and helped guide them to their program best 20-win season. “Seth is a special kid,” Maize South coach Chad Christensen said. “He not only hit the ball well this year, but also had a really great year in center field for us.”
Junior first baseman
Hitting .500 with 16 RBIs in the three spot, Dingman led the Grizzlies offense while also being a wall on defense at first base. “He was our best hitter all year,” Northwest coach Chris Lambert said. “ Not only did he hit the ball well, he also was very good defensively at first.”
Dinkel started started all four years at Eisenhower. He batted .446 this year with four homers and 22 RBIs, and didn’t strike out all season. The Cowley College signee was AV-CTL Division II Player of the Year. “Dalton has always been a great hitter,” Eisenhower coach Cary Dinkel said.
Egan stepped up as a leader for the Spartans, playing multiple positions but mainly catching while hitting .424. In Egan’s two regional and Class 4A-II tournament games he hit .571. The Fort Hays State signee helped guide the Spartans to the state tournament for the first time in 11 seasons. “Caleb was a very strong leader for us this season,” Collegiate coach Joe Gehrer said.
Ensz was 5-0 record with a 0.95 ERA and five saves with eight of his 12 appearances in relief. Ensz struck out 42 batters in 362/3 innings while walking six. “Jacob’s a guy that began the year as a closer for us,” Carroll coach Charlie Ebright said. “Toward the end of the year he became our No. 1 and our best pitcher on the staff.”
Igo led the Panthers with 12 stolen bases, while hitting .394. He carried a .480 on base percentage and a .535 slugging percentage. “Tanner is a guy that can burn you with his speed,” Derby coach Todd Olmstead said. “He proved that with the ability to play center field and run down a lot of balls in the outfield.”
Junior third baseman
LaMunyon hit .375, driving in 13 runs on 23 hits, and walked 16 times for an on base percentage of .512. “Hunter is a great guy to have on the team,” Maize coach Rocky Helm said. “He knows where he’s going to go with the ball before the ball is hit, he’s always thinking ahead.”
Junior second baseman
Maki hit .469 as the Trojans started the season 10-0. He finished the year batting .380 with 14 RBIs and five triples. Maki also made his presence felt on the mound, going 6-1 with a 1.40 ERA. “Jack turned himself into a very well rounded ballplayer,” Andover coach Chris Weidert said.
Maxson, who has commited to Kansas State, carried a .438 average with 38 RBIs while playing outfield, first base and catcher. He collected eight doubles, eight triples and 10 stolen bases. He hit a walk-off double in the regional championship game over Carroll. “Jordan is one of those guys that is a quiet leader,” Christensen said. “He had another really strong year for us and was a big part in the success this season.”
Meitzner began the season as the leadoff hitter for the Crusaders before coach Steve Lienhard shifted him to the three hole. He hit just under .400 while leading the Crusaders in hits and runs scored. “He’s a guy that works hard every single day,” Lienhard said. “Chris made the quick transition from having success on the basketball court to success baseball field and he did it with ease.”
Minor, the two-time All-Metro selection who will play at Oklahoma, was a four-year starter for the Tigers and carried a 1.76 career ERA, including 0.88 this season. He hit .368. “We kind of switched Braden’s role up for us this year pitchingwise,” Eisenhower coach Cary Dinkel said. “He’s mainly been a dominant starter for us, but we decided to bring him in more toward the end of most games and he was like our closer.”
Pechin recorded a 6-1 record and 1.20 ERA. Pechin struck out 88 batters in 50 innings pitched and recorded a career-high 18 strikeouts in the regional championship game against Garden City, helping the Pioneers advance to the state tournament for the first time in nearly 30 years. “He’s been working very hard for as long as I’ve been coaching him both in the summer and this year,” West coach Jeff Hoover said.
The two-time All-Metro selection hit 486 while driving in 26 runs. Scantlin was a big part of the Rockets’ run to the third straight Class 4A-I tournament, where Rose Hill took third place for the third consecutive season. “He was an exceptional leader for us this year,” Rose Hill coach Scott Carr said.
Christensen has been the coach of Maize South the seven years that the school has been around. Maize South finished the season 20-3, including the AV-CTL Division II league title and a 5A tournament appearance. The No. 1 seed in 5A was the program’s first. “It was an honor to coach these guys this year,” Christensen said.