Drey Jameson, Greenfield-Central

Year: Sr. Pos: P/OF

  • Jameson was named Prep Baseball Report’s Indiana Player of the Year and swept the votes for 2017 All-Hancock County Player of the Year. The Ball State recruit struck out a career-best 112 batters this season with six wins and a pair of no-hitters. He was a unanimous All-Hoosier Heritage Conference selection.

Statistics: .404 BA, 30 runs, 22 RBI, 9 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 10 SB, 0.65 ERA, 6-1, 112 K, 5 SO, 2 no-hitters, 65.0 IP

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Keegan Watson, New Palestine

Year: Sr. Pos: P/OF/IF

  • Watson was a unanimous All-Hoosier Heritage Conference selection and finished the season with a team-best six home runs. The Nebraska recruit tied for the county lead in wins and struck out a career-high 73 hitters. He helped the Dragons finish runner-up in the conference with a 10-4 record.

Statistics: .333 BA, 27 runs, 24 RBI, 7 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 5 SB, 1.40 ERA, 6-1, 73 K, 1 SO, 40.0 IP

Colby Jenkins, New Palestine

Year: Soph. Pos: C/INF/OF

  • Jenkins was a unanimous All-Hoosier Heritage Conference selection this year. The sophomore hit a career-best .418 for the Dragons (19-7) and set personal bests in runs, RBIs, doubles and home runs. He lead the team in both stolen bases and RBIs.

Statistics: .418 BA, 26 runs, 27 RBI, 7 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 9 SB

Tyler Farrell, Greenfield-Central

Year: Sr. Pos: SS

  • Farrell was crucial to the Cougars’ sectional title run this season. A dependable anchor in the infield, Farrell had a .949 fielding percentage and was second on the team in stolen bases and first in doubles. He was a unanimous All-Hoosier Heritage Conference selection.

Statistics: .340 BA, 21 runs, 17 RBI, 9 2B, 4 HR, 8 SB

Jack Walker, New Palestine

Year: Soph. Pos: INF

  • One of New Palestine’s top hitters this season, Walker was a unanimous All-Hoosier Heritage Conference selection. The sophomore hit an impressive .365 while driving in 22 RBIs. He tied for the county lead in triples with three.

Statistics: .365 BA, 12 runs, 22 RBI, 8 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 1 SB, 0.00 ERA, 1-0, 6 K, 4.0 IP

Kyle Gardner, New Palestine

Year: Jr. Pos: P/INF

  • Gardner’s innings increased this season, and the junior right-hander responded. His opposing batting average dropped to .208, and he struck out 38 more batters compared to 23 total in 11.1 fewer innings. Gardner was named All-HHC honorable mention.

Statistics: 2.23 ERA, 5-2, 61 K, 50.1 IP, .152 BA, 6 runs, 4 RBI, 2 2B

Nick Rusche, New Palestine

Year: Jr. Pos: SS/INF

  • Rusche was named All-Hoosier Heritage Conference this season after posting career-bests in nearly every statistical category. The junior was second on the team in hitting with 30 overall and was third in runs scored for the Dragons.

Statistics: .341 BA, 25 runs, 14 RBI, 7 2B, 1 3B, 7 SB

Addison True, Eastern Hancock

Year: Jr. Pos: SS/P

  • True did it all for the Royals. The junior led the club in hitting with a .427 batting average, which was also the first in the county. He was first in RBIs for the team, second in doubles, third in runs scored and tied for first in steals.

Statistics: .427 BA, 17 runs, 23 RBI, 9 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 SB, 4.20 ERA, 1-1, 9 K, 10.0 IP

A.J. Muegge, Eastern Hancock

Year: Jr. Pos: 3B/INF/P

  • A multi-sport standout, Muegge didn’t take any time off this spring. Second in hitting and home runs for the Royals, the corner infielder was also third in RBIs and doubles. His 30 runs was tops on the team and tied for the county lead.

Statistics: .395 BA, 30 runs, 21 RBI, 7 2B, 2 HR, 9 SB, 1.77 ERA, 0-4, 18 K, 23.2 IP

Ryan Beck, Mt. Vernon

Year: Sr. Pos: P/SS/INF

  • Beck’s offensive production dropped this season, but the IU-Kokomo recruit’s pitching statistics stayed true to form. The senior led the Marauders in ERA and strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .174 batting average. He was a unanimous All-Hoosier Heritage Conference selection.

Statistics: 2.35 ERA, 1-2, 48 K, 44.2 IP, .230 BA, 11 runs, 7 RBI, 4 2B, 1 3B, 7 SB

Jacob Smith, New Palestine 

Year: Sr. Pos: C/OF/INF/P

  • An injury-free season finally gave Smith a chance to showcase his talent, and the senior did just that with career-bests in RBIs, doubles, home runs, runs and hits. The Concordia University recruit was named All-HHC honorable mention.

Statistics: .295 BA, 23 runs, 23 RBI, 9 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 SB, 2.90 ERA, 1-1, 5 K, 9.2 IP

Dino Tharp, Mt. Vernon

Year: Jr. Pos: DH/UTL

  • Tharp was a consistent contributor for the Marauders in his first full varsity season. He hit .288 with seven RBIs, a triple, two doubles and a home run through 13 Hoosier Heritage Conference games. He was named All-HHC honorable mention.

Statistics: .306 BA, 8 runs, 11 RBI, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 SB

Clayton White, Eastern Hancock

Year: Sr. Pos: P/INF

  • White literally contributed in every possible statistical category for the Royals this season. One of the team’s top starters, he led the staff in innings pitched, strikeouts, complete games (5), starts (9) and appearances (10). His 10 doubles this year led the county.

Statistics: .358 BA, 13 runs, 10 RBI, 10 2B, 3 SB, 3.98 ERA, 4-6, 42 K, 51.0 IP

Honorable Mention: Adam Hutchison, Spencer Hert, Braxton Turner (Greenfield-Central); Jared Shelton, Luke Smoot, Braydon Augustinovicz (Mt. Vernon); Tyler Martin, Jacob Garrison (New Palestine); Andrew Knoblock, Devin Denny, Easton Fields, Levi Majority (Eastern Hancock).

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Rich Torres is sports editor at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. He can be reached at rtorres@greenfieldreporter.com or 317-477-3227.