In any postseason baseball list, it’s not really a surprise to see the Green or Wheelersburg baseball nameplate dotting the accolades that come on through.
On Monday afternoon, that continued as the Bobcats and the Pirates nearly took home a clean sweep of all of the major postseason awards when the All-SOC lists were officially released. Green and Wheelersburg, who put five players on the SOC I and SOC II units, respectively, along with Notre Dame — who put together four honorees of their own — represented 14 of the 29 Scioto County All-SOC honorees on their own.
In SOC I play, Green, who collected a perfect 12-0 mark in conference play en route to a 19-6 overall mark and a Division IV District Semifinal appearance, was led by Trevor Carver, who won the SOC I’s Player of the Year Award thanks to an excellent effort where the senior showed off his catching, pitching, and hitting abilities in spades.
Fellow teammate Tanner Kimbler, who starred in several different capacities — including on the mound, in the middle of the infield, and at the plate as the team’s leadoff hitter — took home the SOC I Pitcher of the Year Award, and Trevor’s brother Tayte, the team’s three-hole hitter who started alongside Kimbler in the middle of the infield and also contributed greatly on the mound, represented the Bobcats as the unit’s three first team representatives. Tyler Darnell, an athletic outfielder with excellent speed, and Rylee Maynard, who committed just one error all year at second base, rounded out Green’s honorees on the second team.
Notre Dame, who put together another strong season behind the leadership of Drew Mader, put its two pitching stalwarts in CJ Corns and Drew Cassidy on the first team. Leadoff hitter Sam Kayser, who was a ball of energy from the leadoff spot, and Tyler Speas, who has been a skilled cleanup hitter and first baseman for the Titans, made the second unit for a team that advanced to the Division IV District Finals.
Clay, who won 12 out of its last 17 baseball affairs to end the year, was also well represented as the Panthers put three individuals on the SOC I squad. Two multi-sport standouts in Riffe and Gilliland, who brought poised and confident attitudes to the table in their primary roles as far as the pitching and infielding staffs were concerned, capped off their illustrious careers with First-Team All-SOC honors, while Keith Cottle, a disciplined hitter in the middle of the Clay lineup, collected second team honors. Matt Miller’s East club rounded out a much-improved year with two All-SOC players, as pitching hands and middle-of-the-order standouts in Drew Lowe (first team) and Tyler Winston (second team) rounded out a strong showing for the Scioto County athletes.
As far as the SOC II awards were concerned, Wheelersburg, once again, took home top billing in multiple areas. The Pirates, who went 13-1 over the course of its SOC II slate and made a Division III Regional Final appearance, put cleanup hitter and first baseman Cole Darnell, five-hole hitter and pitching ace Kaden Coleman, and fellow pitching stalwart Kaleb Coleman on the first team unit.
Darnell, who shared SOC Co-Player of the Year honors with Waverly’s Logan Kottenbrook, brought a power bat to the table, while the Colemans were efficient on the hill throughout the balance of the year, as evidenced by Kaden Coleman’s SOC I Pitcher of the Year honors. Xander Carmichael and Cole Dyer, two juniors that brought explosive bats and solid gloves to the table at catcher and third base, respectively, ended up on the second team.
The remaining members on the Scioto County side — Minford, Northwest, South Webster, Valley, and West — each put a member of its unit on the first and second teams. Standout pitching ace Jacob McCaleb, outfield dynamo Will Gillette, All-Ohio Honorable Mention product Alek Blevins, and utility infielders Jared Morrow and Garrett Hurd represented each of their aforementioned schools on the first team, while a duo of solid infielders and top-of-the-order hitters in Matthew Gullett and Austin Mundhenk, along with three all-around dynamos in Bradley Gee, Tanner Cunningham, and Mardy Knittel, rounded out the county’s SOC honorees.
With their championships in SOC I and SOC II play, McDavid and Estep were able to take home the SOC I and SOC II Coach of the Year honors outright. McDavid led Green to its first SOC I Championship in six years, while Estep guided the Wheelersburg to its 10th consecutive Division III District Championship and regional appearance.
Trevor Carver (Green), Tanner Kimbler (Green), Tayte Carver (Green), Drew Cassidy (Notre Dame), CJ Corns (Notre Dame), Brody Riffe (Clay), Cole Gilliland (Clay), Parker Clemmons (Eastern), Dalton Tomlinson (Eastern), Drew Lowe (East), Chayden Renfroe (Symmes Valley), Shane Tackett (Western)
Tyler Darnell (Green), Rylee Maynard (Green), Sam Kayser (Notre Dame), Tyler Speas (Notre Dame), Keith Cottle (Clay), Clay Martin (Eastern), Tyler Winston (East), Payton Hayes (Symmes Valley), Lane Brewster (Western)
Player of the Year — Trevor Carver (Green)
Pitcher of the Year — Tanner Kimbler (Green)
Coach of the Year — Dan McDavid (Green)
League Standings — Green (12-0), Notre Dame (8-4), Clay (7-5), Eastern (7-5), East (4-8), Symmes Valley (4-8), Western (0-12)
Cole Darnell (Wheelersburg), Kaden Coleman (Wheelersburg), Kaleb Coleman (Wheelersburg), Logan Kottenbrook (Waverly), Clayton Howell (Waverly), Shane Spriggs (Oak Hill), Bayley Clutters (Oak Hill), Jacob McCaleb (Minford), Garrett Hurd (West), Jared Morrow (Valley), Alek Blevins (South Webster), Will Gillette (Northwest)
Xander Carmichael (Wheelersburg), Cole Dyer (Wheelersburg), Jeffrey Noble (Waverly), Drew Harris (Waverly), Riley Kuhn (Oak Hill), Matthew Gullett (Minford), Mardy Knittel (West), Tanner Cunningham (Valley), Bradley Gee (South Webster), Austin Mundhenk (Northwest)
Co-Player of the Year — Cole Darnell (Wheelersburg), Logan Kottenbrook (Waverly)
Pitcher of the Year — Kaden Coleman (Wheelersburg)
Coach of the Year — Michael Estep (Wheelersburg)
League Standings — Wheelersburg (13-1), Waverly (11-3), Oak Hill (8-6), Minford (7-7), West (6-8), Valley (5-9), South Webster (5-9), Northwest (1-13)
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