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Luke Applegate, Manchester High School (Sun.)

Luke Applegate, Manchester High School (Sun.)

Band Mark Carpenter

People's Defender

The spring sports season has concluded and with it comes the awarding of all the postseason awards that the hard-working student-athletes have earned. The first of these is always the Southern Hills Athletic Conference All-Conference softball and baseball teams, which are voted on by the SHAC coaches. Last week the Defender highlighted the All-Conference softball team and this week it is the All-Conference baseball team.

Nineteen talented young men received All-Conference Baseball honors, five of them from Adams County schools. The Manchester Greyhounds topped the list with three honorees, while North Adams and Peebles each had one player.

Manchester sophomore Luke Applegate is one of the Southeast District's rising stars, and his stellar 2024 season has earned him a spot on the SHAC All-Conference Team. At bat, Applegate posted a .311 batting average with eight doubles, a triple and a home run in the spring. He scored 30 runs and brought home 18 while being successful on 29 of 30 attempts to steal a base. On the mound, the hard-throwing right-hander was 4-5 overall with a 2.38 earned run average, striking out 93 hitters in 53 innings and striking out a season-high 14 in a no-hit win over Ripley.

Emerging as a freshman was Manchester's Thomas Barnhart, whose performance in his first year of high school was so impressive that he earned a spot on the All-Conference team. Barnhart batted .372 with a .433 on-base percentage and hit 11 doubles and two triples. The freshman scored and drove in 25 runs and was safe on 20 of his 22 attempts to steal a base.

The third Greyhound named to the All-Conference team was senior Drew Kennedy. Kennedy batted .266 with six extra-base hits, four doubles, a triple and a home run in 2024. Kennedy scored 18 runs and struck out 26, completing 22 of 24 steal attempts. On the mound, Kennedy got off to a stellar start, going 7-0 with a minuscule 0.90 earned run average and allowing just nine hits on the 129 batters he faced. The right-hander also struck out 39 batters in 31 innings.

North Adams senior Easton Daulton had a good 2024 season, earning a spot on the All-Conference team. He posted a .333 batting average with 24 hits, including five doubles, in the spring. Daulton had 14 RBIs for the Green Devils and scored 20 runs while collecting eight stolen bases.

Peebles senior Gage Grooms was the Tribe's only representative on the All-Conference team. He posted a strong .439 batting average this season, going 18-for-41 overall. Grooms scored 13 runs for the Indians and also stole seven bases.

The rest of the 2024 SHAC All-Conference Baseball Team includes: Christian Flowers, Cole Wells and Braedon West (Lynchburg-Clay); Gabe Fouch, Zane Matthews and Cade Miller (Fairfield); Wyatt Haupt, Bryce Murphy, Wylee Sawyers and Carter Vaughn (Eastern Brown); Clayton Holden (Fayetteville); Kaden Moon-Stone, Zander Roades and Eli Roberts (Whiteoak).

At the SHAC Spring Sports Awards on June 4 in Fayetteville, Eastern Brown's Wyatt Haupt was named Conference Player of the Year and coach Steve Goetz was named Coach of the Year.

Final standings SHAC Baseball 2024

Division I (Large School)

East Brown 12-1

Lynchburg – Clay 11-2

: North Adams 5-8

Peebles 4:9

West Union 1-12

Department II (Small School)

Fairfield 10-3

White Oak 9-4

Manchester 8-5

Fayetteville 5-8

Ripley-on-Trent 0-13

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