Baseball Whippets hand out awards for 2020 season

By LAURENCE HILLIARD,

Kosciusko baseball coaches presented awards for the abbreviated 2020 season last week.

“We had a little get together at one of our parents' house,” said head coach Derrik Boland. “We ate pizza and they swam in the pool.”

Senior Tyler VanCise was named overall MVP.

Other award winners included: Offensive MVP – senior Matthew Allen; Defensive MVP – senior catcher Evan Scott; Pitching MVP – senior Heath McBride. “He pitched the biggest games of the year.” Boland said. “He was our bulldog.”

The Rookie of the year for a first year player went to sophomore Parker Ryals. Members of the 300 Club for players who batted at least .300 were VanCise (.382), Allen (.371) and sophomore Kaylan Powell (.300).

There were four coaches' awards: Passion – senior River Burrell; Overcoming Adversity – senior Will Cook, who battled back from injuries; Energy – senior Lucas Price; Putting the Team First – senior Hunter Blaylock.

Boland pointed out that Kosciusko had a lot of seniors, but with limited experience. “All of the guys on the field were basically new players as far as being starters for the first time.”

The Whippets were 6-5 when the season came to an end. “We had our ups and downs. It was just kind of a lack of experience. But at the same time, throughout the course of the year, we grew a lot as a team in terms of getting better every week.

“I hated that our season was cut short. I think our team had a very good shot at making a run in the (4A) playoffs. We were going to be very strong on the mound and defensively.”