City baseball teams garner postseason accolades

photo by: Carter Gaskins

Free State coach Mike Hill talks to Ethan Bradford and catcher Camden Karlin during the City Showdown Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark on May 10, 2019.

Both city programs garnered plenty of All-Sunflower honors, which was released Monday afternoon.

Free State senior Ethan Bradford, a Nebraska signee, was named the Pitcher of the Year for his prolific play this year. Lawrence’s Brad Stoll was named Coach of the Year after leading his team to a top-five finish in the league standings. Wyatt Morgan of Olathe Northwest was named the Player of the Year.

Bradford and junior Camden Karlin were the only two Firebirds to make the first team, and both did as pitchers. Senior second baseman Garrett Romero, sophomore outfielder Devin Neal and senior closer Hank Dobson were all named to the first team for the Lions.

Free State junior David Stuart was tabbed with a second-team selection. Sophomore shortstop Carlos Vasquez and senior pitcher Jake Miller made it to the second team for Lawrence High.

FSHS infielders Creighton Cordova, Jake Baker and Peyton Sparks along with outfielder Jack Kallenberger received honorable-mention honors. Outfielders Payton Cummins and Caleb Mondi along with third baseman Preston Harris were also named to the honorable mention team for Lawrence. LHS pitchers Aidan Bannister, Jackson Hewins and Grant Cleavinger were also listed on the honorable mention team.

In addition, four city athletes were named to the All-Class 6A first team and one was listed on the second team. Bradford earned Pitcher of the Year honors, which was voted on by the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches. Karlin also joined Bradford on the first team as a pitcher.

Dobson and Romero were recognized with first-team honors. Neal netted a second-team selection.

All-Sunflower League selections

Player of the Year: Wyatt Morgan, ONW

Pitcher of the Year: Ethan Bradford, FS

Coach of the Year: Brad Stoll, LHS

First team

Catcher: Jake English, Olathe South

First base: Wyatt Morgan, Olathe NW

Second base: Garrett Romero, LHS

Third base: Garrett Pennington, SMW

Shortstop: Robert Moore, SME

Outfield: Dayvin Johnson, GE; Zach Bass, SME; Devin Neal, LHS; Grant Strong, OE.

Designated hitter; Dakota Jackson, GE

Utility: Sean Kirby, SMS

Pitcher: Ethan Bradford, FS; Charlie Bell, OE; Cam Karlin, FS; Williams Hann, OW; Daniel Hammond, SME; Mark Adamiak, SMNW.

Closer: Hank Dobson, LHS

Second team

Catcher: Riley Higgins, ON

First base: Logan Anderson, GE

Second base: Jason Dudzik, OS

Third base: Hayden Dyer, GE

Shortstop: Carlos Vasquez, LHS

Outfield: Jackson Rice, OS; Jon Jenkins, OW; Matt Olson, SMW; Jon Weedman, SME.

Designated hitter: Bryce Johnson, ONW

Utility: Jake Randa, SME

Pitcher: Garrett Pennington, SMW; Grant Strong, OE: Jake Miller, LHS; Taylor Mahoney, ONW; Jack Clayton, ONW.

Closer: David Stuart, FS

Class 6A baseball selections

Pitcher of the Year: Ethan Bradford, FS

Player of the Year: Tanner Leslie, Campus

First team

Catcher: Jake English, OS

First base: Wyatt Morgan, ONW

Second base: Garrett Romero, LHS

Third base: Garrett Pennington, SMW

Shortstop: Tyler Kahmann, Campus

Outfield: Dayvin Johnson, GE; Tanner Leslie, Campus; Zach Bass, SME; Andrew Couse, BVW; Grant Strong, OE; Matt Miller, Blue Valley NW.

DH: Jack TInberg, Blue Valley

Utility: Jackson Hartley, Campus

Pitchers: Ethan Bradford, FS; Charlie Bell, OE; Tanner Leslie, Campus; Quinton Hall, MV; Will Hann, OW; Camden Karlin, FS.

Closer: Hank Dobson, LHS

Second team

Catcher: Walker Kinney, Blue Valley

First base: Patryk Hernandez, Blue Valley

Second base: Carter Boone, Hutchinson

Third base: Cole Connor, Mill Valley

Shorstop: Robert Moore, SME

Outfield: Devin Neal, LHS; Andrew Khoury, Junction City; Will Hudler, BV West; Shawn Marquis, Washburn Rural.

Utility: Sean Kirby, SMS; Zac Cox, MHS.

DH: Ike Summerlin, BV West; Payton Smith, Washburn Rural.

Pitchers: Jay Long, Blue Valley; Mark Adamiak, SM Northwest; Grant Strong, OE; Thane McDaniel, JC; Jackson Hartley, Campus.

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