By Dave Pearce
The 2013 high school baseball season may be history, but members of the North Posey Viking baseball team continue to receive honors for their performances on and off the field. Last week the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association recognized recent NP graduates Kyle Voegel and Colton Martin with post season awards.
The IHSBCA announced that Voegel had been named to the 2013 Academic All – State Team, while Martin was named as an All – State outfielder for the 2A team.
Voegel becomes the second North Posey player to be recognized as Academic All – State, following Matt Piechocki in 1999. He led the Vikings with a .435 batting average and added 29 runs scored and 21 RBI’s at the plate. The righthander showed his versatility by playing seven different positions through the course of the season and leading North Posey with a 7 – 1 record on the mound. In fact, it was Voegel’s presence on the mound that helped the Vikings solidify their season.
“Kyle stepped up to stabilize our pitching when we needed it,” commented North Posey coach Kevin Smith. “Kyle’s ability to command his fastball and pound the strike zone allowed our defense to play at a positive pace, which also helped us gain a rhythm offensively. This is a tremendous honor for Kyle as it not only recognizes his skill on the diamond, but the dedication and work he put forth in the classroom. I could not be prouder of Kyle for earning this award.”
Joining Voegel on the Academic All – State team, from the area, were: Mitch Powers and Bryson Jenkins of Castle; Sam Goad and Branson Schroeder of Mater Dei; Zachary Dugan and Logan Mullen of Evansville North; and Ross Canada and River VanZant of Mount Vernon.
Martin’s recognition comes on the heels of being named to the Indiana South All – Star team after having an outstanding senior year at the plate. The centerfielder posted team high numbers of 7 home runs and 46 RBI’s in helping the Vikings to a 19 win season.
“Colton is deserving of the recognition he has received this summer,” stated Smith. “He has worked very hard, while dedicating himself to improve his baseball skills over the past four plus years. There are a lot of players throughout the state that had a great season and for him to receive the honor of being named All – State is wonderful. I could not be prouder of him.”
Members of the 2A All – State Team include:
•Catcher – Andy Roser, Sr, Northfield
•First Base – Shea Beauchamp, Sr, Wabash
•Second Base – Sean Fuller, Sr, Union County
•Third Base – Dakota Ware, Sr, Seeger
•Shortstop – Logan Barnes, Sr, Taylor
•Outfielder – Judah Zickafoose, Jr, Westview
•Outfielder – Colton Martin, Sr, North Posey
•Outfielder – Larry Crisler, Jr, Bishop Noll
• Pitcher – Ryan Keaffaber, Sr, Northfield
• Pitcher – Cole Bartlett, Sr, Hagerstown
Note: Tyler Walsh of Mater Dei was named to the team as the result of being drafted. South Spencer’s Nathan Keuster and Tyler Schneider were named honorable mention.
The awards increase the post season recognition for the North Posey baseball program which had three representatives on the Pocket Athletic Conference All – Conference team (Voegel, Martin, Alec Werry), one player named as Honorable Mention to the All – Conference squad (Tyler Stolz), two players placed on the IHSBCA All – District P Team (Voegel, Martin), and an Indiana South All – Star (Martin). The North Posey baseball coach hopes that the awards being bestowed on the program this summer helps to motivate future Viking players.
“There is no question in my mind that the recognition these young men have received is a direct result of the work and commitment each one made to become the best they could be,” Smith noted. “Further, the competition we have had within our roster of players the past two years has worked to push our athletes beyond their comfort zone, which has allowed them to become better athletes than they perhaps thought they would. I also believe in my heart and soul that good things come to those who put the team ahead of their own, individual desires. These young men have done that.”
By Dave Pearce
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