Journal-World 2018 All-Area baseball team
Player of the Year: Khalil Thrasher, Eudora
The Eudora senior wreaked havoc on opposing pitching staffs throughout the season. Thrasher, who is signed to play baseball at Neosho County Community College, clubbed .477 with 25 RBIs and swiped 16 stolen bases. Thrasher was also named to the first team in Class 4A-I.
Coach of the Year: Mitch Loomis, Tonganoxie
Loomis led the Chieftains to their second semifinal appearance in school history. Tonganoxie bested No. 1 seed Paola, 3-2, in the Class 4A-I quarterfinals. The Chieftains, who finished with a 7-18 record, defeated the top two teams (Atchison and Piper) in their regional to notch their first state berth since 2014.
Kyle Abrahamson, Free State — As the club’s top hitter, Abrahamson registered a team-high .446 batting average with 19 RBIs and six doubles. Abrahamson, who will play for College of the Ozarks next year, helped the Firebirds get to the 6A state tournament where they ultimately fell in the quarterfinals.
Tucker Flory, Veritas — The team captain led Veritas with 25 RBIs and nine extra-base hits. Flory ended up being the top vote getter in the KCAA All-League. On the mound, Flory tallied 48 strikeouts over 34 innings pitched.
Peyton Garvin, Eudora — The senior right fielder earned a second-team selection in Class 4A-I for his play this spring. Garvin, who hit .427 with a .573 slugging percentage, recorded 12 RBIs and seven doubles.
Chandler Hamman, Tonganoxie — Hamman pitched his best when it mattered most, throwing six shutout innings during the regional championship and a complete game in the quarterfinals. He posted a 3-6 record with a 3.57 ERA, while also hitting .339 to earn a first-team selection in the Kaw Valley League as an outfielder.
Blaine Pattin, Perry-Lecompton — As a junior infielder, Pattin paced his team in nine offensive categories. He has also netted a first-team selection in the Big Seven League for the third-straight year.
Austin Quick, Lawrence –The All-State catcher finished with a .365 batting average and 13 RBIs for Lawrence High. He mashed one homer and one triple along with six doubles on the offensive end. Quick, who will play for the Jayhawks at the collegiate level, saw action as both a catcher and a pitcher during the KABC All-Star Game.
Jake Schrock, Baldwin — It was a strong senior season for Schrock on the mound and at the plate. Schrock pitched a team-high 41 innings, posting a 2.73 ERA to go along with a 3-4 record and 51 strikeouts. In addition, Schrock hit .311 with a .427 on-base percentage and 12 RBIs for the Bulldogs.
Andrew Stewart, Lawrence — Stewart, an all-around shortstop for the Lions, earned all-league honors and was named to the second team in Class 6A. Stewart hit .394 with 24 RBIs and eight home runs this spring. Stewart swiped eight bases and managed to draw 15 walks.
David Stuart, Free State — Free State’s ace threw 51 2/3 innings this season, posting a 4-2 record with a 2.30 ERA. Stewart, who notched one save, recorded 44 strikeouts and 11 walks as well. The sophomore also netted first-team honors in the Sunflower League.
Chris Wilks, Baldwin — In 72 at-bats, Wilks managed to finish with a .347 batting average and a .412 on-base percentage. He recorded 11 RBIs, collecting 22 singles and and three doubles. As a pitcher, Wilks finished with a 2-3 record and a 3.75 ERA.
Ty Bennett, Baldwin; Reese Carmona, Lawrence; Austin Fisher, Tonganoxie; Garrett Owings, Baldwin; Jackson Rau, Veritas; Jake Rittman, Free State.