SDT announces All-County baseball team
The Sullivan Daily Times is proud to announce its 2017 All-County baseball team.
There were 11 boys that were selected to the squad, including five from Sullivan, three from both North Central and Dugger Union. The Arrows won 21 games and won the Western Indiana Conference while North Central had its best season in the past five years.
The squad consists of four seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and one freshman.
The team is listed below in alphabetical order.
Hunter Brown, Dugger Union, Sr. — Brown played at third base and was the No. 2 pitcher for the Bulldogs.
Brown finished with a .385 batting average with five doubles and two triples.
Brown scored a team-high 17 runs and was credited with eight RBIs.
Brown pitched in nine games, starting six. He split four decisions. He struck out 40 and walked 10.
Isaac Bonacorsi, North Central, So. — Bonacorsi was an All-Southwestern Indiana Conference selection while playing catcher for the Thunderbirds.
He also was the No. 2 pitcher for North Central. In 33 2/3 innings, he struck out 43 and walked 20.
Bonacorsi led the Thunderbirds with a .447 average.
He tallied six doubles, one triple and scored 10 runs, helping the T-birds win more games (six) than they had in the last four seasons combined.
Jack Conner, Sullivan, So. — Conner appeared in 24 of 27 games for the Golden Arrows, primarily playing in the infield.
Conner, an All-Western Indiana Conference performer, had a .352 batting average.
Conner finished with 25 hits, 18 runs and 19 RBIs.
He also had four doubles, two triples and three home runs. He also was 13-for-13 in stolen bases.
Cody Curtis, North Central, Fr. — Curtis started at shortstop and was the lone freshman named to the team.
Curtis batted .387 and scored a team-best 16 runs.
He had nine doubles, one home run and eight RBIs.
He also pitched 9 1/3 innings in seven games.
Shane Garner, Sullivan, Jr. — Garner again caught virtually every varsity inning for the Golden Arrows. Garner only had one error and finished with a .995 fielding percentage with 21 assists and one double play.
Garner batted .329. He had 23 hits, 12 runs and 13 RBIs.
The three-year starter had four doubles, two triples and three home runs.
Brayden Kutch, North Central, Sr. — Kutch was the No. 1 pitcher for the Thunderbirds as well as playing infield.
He was an All-Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference performer.
He pitched 42 1/3 innings with a 3.14 ERA. He struck out 66 and walked 22.
He batted .326 with six doubles, one home run and 10 RBIs.
Kutch also scored 14 runs.
Trevor Magill, Sullivan, Sr. — Magill played in the outfield for the Golden Arrows, primarily center field.
Magill had a .905 fielding percentage.
The all-WIC performer, finished with 18 runs, 11 RBIs, three home runs and two doubles.
Coltan McManigell, Dugger Union, Jr. — McManigell played in the infield for the Bulldogs.
The junior had a .387 batting average with one double, five RBIs and nine runs scored.
Sam Steimel, Sullivan, Jr. — The No. 1 pitcher for the Golden Arrows again earned a spot on the All-Western Indiana Conference team.
The right-hander won 6 of 8 decisions with a 1.17 ERA.
Steimel struck out 66 and walked 13.
He only allowed 26 hits and eight earned runs in 48 innings pitched.
On offense, Steimel tied for the team lead with four home runs.
He also batted .286 with 22 runs and 17 RBIs.
He also had three doubles and two triples.
Chris Taylor, Sullivan, Jr. — Taylor had a .960 fielding percent while playing left field for the Golden Arrows.
Taylor had four home runs and seven doubles as he batted .329.
He collected 14 runs, 23 hits and 23 RBIs.
Caleb Wright, Dugger Union, Sr. — Wright played both shortstop and was the No. 1 pitcher for the Bulldogs.
He led the team in hitting with a .591 average.
Wright had 26 hits, including nine doubles and two home runs. He drove in 16 runs and scored 11.
Wright struck out 79 and walked 24 in his 46 innings.