State Journal All-County Baseball/Softball: Arnold, Brown named MVPs

State Journal Staff Report Published:

Zach Arnold, after signing a baseball scholarship with Kentucky, found himself drafted by the New York Mets.

McKenna Brown, after a strong season of softball, found herself leading the state in hitting.

Both players were named Most Valuable Players of the State Journal all-county baseball and softball teams.

Arnold graduated from Franklin County this spring while Brown will be a senior at Western Hills this fall.

Franklin County coaches Deron McDonald and Tracy Spickard have been named coaches of the year, leading their teams to records of 28-10-1 and 23-14, respectively.

McDonald was also voted the 11th Region baseball coach of the year at the regional draw meeting.

BASEBALL

Zach Arnold, FCHS

Arnold was a leader for the Flyers this season, hitting .445 with 16 runs batted in, two home runs, three triples and nine doubles.

He also drew 21 walks and struck out just nine times in 110 plate appearances, and he led the Flyers with an on-base percentage of .547 and a slugging percentage of .636.

A catcher, Arnold had a .981 fielding percentage and committed just one error.

He threw out eight of 13 baserunners who attempted a stolen base this spring.

Ryan Barrass, WHHS

Barrass closed out his senior season hitting .434 with an on-base percentage of .520.

He also had 20 runs batted in and scored 23 runs.

An infielder and pitcher, Barrass was named the Wolverines’ co-MVP with Dylan Manley.

Conner Brown, FCHS

Brown, a junior, hit .403 with 20 RBI, 12 doubles, a triple and four home runs.

His slugging percentage was .613, and he led the team in stolen bases with 23.

Brown played third base for the Flyers and had a fielding percentage of .897 with 42 putouts.

Logan Crum, FCHS

A senior, Crum batted .379 with six doubles, two triples, a home run and 10 RBI. He drew 20 walks and stole eight bases.

An infielder, his fielding percentage was .887 and he had 42 putouts.

Crum has signed to play baseball at Asbury University.

Nick Cumpston, FCHS

Cumpston compiled a 6-4 record pitching for the Flyers, and he had an earned run average of 1.47 with seven complete games.

He led FCHS with 86 strikeouts in 76 innings of work, and he walked 42 batters. He was perfect fielding with a 1.000 percentage and 23 putouts.

At the plate the junior hit .300 in 95 plate appearances, and he stole eight bases.

Collin Harris, FHS

A sophomore, Harris led the Panthers in hitting with a batting average of .484, 15 doubles and five home runs.

He stole 18 bases and had an on-base percentage of .545 and a slugging percentage of .726, leading the team in all of the above categories.

In 110 plate appearances he struck out just four times.

Frankfort’s starting shortstop, Harris had a fielding percentage of .920.

Dylan Manley, WHHS

Manley, the Wolverines’ co-MVP along with Ryan Barrass, had a batting average of .371 and an on-base percentage of .436 with 21 runs scored.

He graduated from WHHS this spring and has signed with St. Catharine College.

Dennis Martin, FHS

Martin, a senior, batted .301 with 22 runs scored and 16 stolen bases, second on the team in each of those categories.

He graduated with a 3.8 grade-point average and has signed with St. Catharine College.

Eric Meyer, FCHS

A senior, Meyer hit .346 with 19 RBI and four doubles. He struck out just three times in 118 plate appearances.

Playing shortstop, Meyer had a fielding percentage of .872 with 68 putouts.

Brandon Smither, FCHS

Smither, a junior pitcher, had a record of 9-1 with an ERA of 2.19.

He pitched four complete games and also had two saves for the Flyers.

Jordan Taylor, WHHS

Taylor, a senior outfielder, batted .333 this season with 23 RBI, 24 runs scored and four home runs. His on-base percentage was .450.

Taylor was the team’s Gold Glove winner. He has signed with Union College.

SOFTBALL

McKenna Brown, WHHS

Brown led the state in hitting with an average of .581. She reached safely in 33 of 35 games and had a 22-game hitting streak this season.

A junior, she finished with 72 hits, 37 runs scored, eight runs batted in and 17 stolen bases.

Playing at second base she had 59 assists and 77 putouts.

Brianna Banks, FCHS

Banks, the Lady Flyers’ senior first baseman, hit .340 with a double, four triples and 28 RBI.

She had an on-base percentage of .420 and slugging percentage of .427, and she had five sacrifices.

Tabitha Barnes, WHHS

The Lady Wolverines’ junior catcher hit .352 with an on-base percentage of .429 and a slugging percentage of .438.

She led the team in runs batted in with 18, and she had three triples and scored 14 runs.

On defense Barnes had a fielding percentage of .989 with 167 putouts and 17 assists.

Brooklyn Etherington, WHHS

A junior, Etherington did a little bit of everything for Western Hills, pitching and playing first base and the outfield.

She had a batting average of .297 with a on-base percentage of .328, and she drove in 11 runs.

In 132 innings pitched Etherington struck out 106 batters. She had a record of 10-11 with a 3.50 earned run average.

At first base her fielding percentage was .969 with 107 putouts and 47 assists.

Kara Howard, FCHS

A sophomore, Howard was the Lady Flyers’ starting pitcher with 33 starts out of 37 games.

She had a 19-10 record with five shutouts and an ERA of 2.44. Howard struck out 156 batters in 181 innings of work.

At the plate she hit .370 with four doubles, five triples, one home run and 28 RBI.

Macy Hutcherson, FHS

Hutcherson, a junior, led the Lady Panthers with a batting average of .535, including .333 in district games. She hit three triples and two doubles.

Playing at second base she had 35 putouts.

Macy Johnson, FCHS

The Lady Flyers’ catcher hit .277 with five doubles and 28 RBI.

A junior, she had an on-base percentage of .320 and a slugging percentage of .321 with nine sacrifices.

Shelby Sanders, FCHS

The sophomore shortstop led the Lady Flyers with 36 RBI. She batted .341 with three home runs, six doubles and four triples.

She had a slugging percentage of .524 and an on-base percentage of .390.

Sydney Wiard, FCHS

An eighth-grader, Wiard hit .370 this season with eight doubles and 31 RBI.

Her on-base percentage was .407 and her slugging percentage was .433.

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