Journal-World 2019 All-Area baseball team
Player of the Year: Ethan Bradford, Free State
No pitcher was as dominant as Ethan Bradford this season. The Nebraska signee was named the Class 6A Pitcher of the Year, posting a 7-1 record and a .565 ERA in 14 games. He struck out 81 batters and walked 25 in a total of 62 innings. In his final outing, Bradford threw 103 pitches in a complete-game shutout during the Class 6A quarterfinals.
Coach of the Year: Brad Stoll, Lawrence High
The Lions had a special season, even though they fell short of making it to the 6A state tournament. Stoll, the 6A Coach of the Year, led LHS to a top five finish in the Sunflower League standings. Lawrence won nine games in a row after starting the year 3-4 before eventually falling to Washburn Rural in the regional championship.
Ethan Basler, Tonganoxie — Tonganoxie’s outfielder had a strong showing at the plate in his senior campaign. Basler clubbed a .412 batting average with a .527 on-base percentage, which netted him a second-team All-State selection. Basler scored 24 runs, recording three triples and five doubles.
Ty Bennett, Baldwin — En route to earning an All-State selection as a utility player, Bennett posted a .431 batting average in 72 at-bats. Bennett drove in 20 batters and scored 21 runs in his senior season. Along with a second-team selection in Class 4A, Bennett was named to the first team in the Frontier League.
Hank Dobson, Lawrence — It was necessary for the Lions to have a closer like Dobson with as many one-run ball games they were in this past spring. He was an All-State closer, and was never rattled by any moment. He even delivered Lawrence’s signature offensive moment of the season with a walk-off single to beat Blue Valley North.
Austin Fisher, Tonganoxie — Behind the dish, Fisher brought stability to a team that made it back to the state tournament. Fisher hit .486 with 21 RBI and 10 doubles, earning a honorable mention selection on the Class 4A team. Fisher, a senior, received a first-team selection in the Frontier League as well.
Tucker Flory, Veritas — Even though he was unable to pitch, Flory was dynamic during his senior season with the Eagles. Flory, who dealt with a shoulder rehab from a torn labrum, clubbed .521 with 14 extra-base hits. He drove in 36 runs and posted a .583 on-base percentage, helping Veritas clinch another state title.
Korbin Hiebert, Eudora — Competing as an outfielder and pitcher, Hiebert provided plenty of production for the Cardinals. He hit .333 at the plate, and went 4-2 as a pitcher. Hiebert struck out 25 batters in 35 2/3 total innings. Hiebert was represented on the second team on the All-Frontier League team.
Camden Karlin, Free State — Playing a rare pitcher/catcher combo, Karlin was crucial reason why the Firebirds made it all the way to the state championship game. As a pitcher, Karlin went 6-1 with a 1.465 ERA in 11 games to go along with 38 strikeouts and five walks in 43 frames. Karlin also posted a .473 on-base percentage as Free State’s leadoff hitter.
Blaine Pattin, Perry-Lecompton — A prolific career came to a close for this Perry-Lecompton standout. Pattin hit .396 with 19 hits and 12 RBI in a rain-shortened season, earning his third first-team All-League selection as an infielder. He will play baseball at the collegiate level for Baker University.
Connor Quick, Baldwin — The junior third baseman was on fire at the plate in 2019. Quick registered a .478 batting average and 15 RBI in 65 at-bats. He tallied seven triples and six doubles, netting a first-team selection on the All-State team. Quick was also named to the second-team in the Frontier League as a pitcher.
Garrett Romero, Lawrence — The middle of the infield was impenetrable with Romero at second base. He was named to the All-State team as a second baseman, and was a big reason why the Lions were stellar on the defensive end all spring.
Jake Baker, Free State; Will Bartkoski, Veritas; Jack Kallenberger, Free State; Devin Neal, Lawrence; Jayden Pierce, Eudora; Jackson Rau, Veritas; David Stuart, Free State.