June 2, 2011

Shannan Earns Conference Baseball Co-MVP Honors

After tossing a no hitter versus one league opponent and shut outs versus two others, Ben Shannan was on the minds of the Tri-Rivers Conference. The junior pitcher was honored as the league's most valuable player, an honor he shared with Schuyler County's Jordon Wheeler.

Shannan was a key part of the Tigers' 12-game winning streak this year. He tossed a no hitter versus Schuyler County and complete game shutouts against Milan and Knox County during a near perfect stretch when he allowed just one unearned run over more than 28 innings.

On the year, the junior was 7-2 with a miniscule 1.14 ERA. He allowed 16 runs, but only 9 earned runs in 55 innings of work. Shannan surrendered just 28 hits while walking 27. The MVP struck out 82 batters on the year.

Shannan was joined on the TRC First Team All Conference by teammate Sabe Sears. The senior center fielder compiled a team best .472 batting average, going 26-55 at the plate. The team's leadoff hitter scored 22 runs in 16 games for the Tigers and led the team with four triples.

Also named to the first team were Wheeler, and Rams teammate Daniel Howe, Milan's Cooper Bankus an Jordan Wheeler, North Shelby's Alex Thrasher, Putnam County's Blane Robinson and Knox County's Cameron Morford and Brock Couch.

Scotland County had four players named to the all conference second team. Drew Miller headed the list. The junior catcher put up some huge numbers at the plate. He batted .421 and cracked a team-high three home runs. Miller had 24 hits in 57 at bats, including six doubles. He led the team with 26 runs scored and all was tops on the squad with 25 runs driven in.

Brock Bondurant compiled a .360 batting average, going 18-50 on the season with a team-high seven doubles. He had 12 RBI and 16 runs scored. Andrew Mathes moved into the clean-up role late in the year, finishing with a .347 batting average. He had three doubles, one triple and one home run, driving in 19 on the year, second best on the squad.

Harley Stone earned second team honors after compiling a 5-2 record on the mound. He tossed three shutouts on the year, working 38 innings and allowing 29 hits and 31 walks while striking out 65.

The Tigers claimed the conference crown with a perfect 5-0 mark. Schuyler County was second at 4-1 followed by Knox County (3-2), Putnam County (2-3), Milan (1-4) and North Shelby (0-5). The perfect season earned Scotland County's T.J. Duncan Coach of the Year honors.

Also named to the TRC second team were: Tad Anderson and Christien Henderson of Schuyler County, Jared Barnard and Royce Poore of Knox County, Taylor Mullinix of Schuyler County, John Stoneburner of North Shelby and Aaron Richardson of Milan.

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