FARINA — Fresh off a share of the NTC regular season crown and the NTC tournament championship, South Central can add another accolade. First baseman Kyle Bray was named the National Trail Conference MVP Thursday as part of the All-NTC fall baseball team. Bray hit .480 for the season, topping the Cougars in almost every offensive category. The southpaw was an imposing force for the Cougars in the middle of their batting order, racking up 16 RBIs, 19 runs, seven doubles and posting a .557 on-base percentage. "We actually shared the conference and won the tournament, I'm sure that helps his case," said South Central coach Curt Jones. "Offensively, he's pretty dangerous. He led our team in fall and spring in hitting as a junior, and he did again as a senior."The main thing where he hits at three and four, you want guys on base in front of him. He was driving people in and continuing with that big inning."Joining him on the first team were teammates Dylan Peters (5-1, 2.56 ERA, 47 K, 41 IP, 5-0 in NTC play) and Tyler Ross (.440 BA, 20 RBI, 6-2). The rest of the team was filled out with Windsor/Stew-Stras' Alex Allen, St. Anthony's Neil Williams and Eli Dasenbrock, Dieterich's Tanner Traub and Alex Bohnhoff, Neoga's Tyler Romack and Guy Walk, and Altamont's Garrett Ziegler and Cole Borders. While Bray was known for his offense, Jones talked up his defense and what may help him out on the diamond. "He's a hockey goalie and has been since he's been eight years old," Jones said. "He's defensively as good as I've had over there."Allen hit .464 for Windsor/Stew-Stras, racking up 21 stolen bases and 15 RBIs, while also going 2-0 with one save on the mound. Dieterich's pair of pitchers, Traub and Bohnhoff, were both rewarded. Traub tallied a 1-3 record in 27.2 innings with a 1.95 ERA and 41 strikeouts, while also batting .365 with 13 RBIs. Bohnhoff was 1-4 with a 2.08 ERA in 37 innings, and hit .362 at the top of the order. St. Anthony was paced at the top by Williams, who hit .419 with 16 RBIs and 14 stolen bases, while Dasenbrock drove in 15 runs with a .375 batting average. St. Anthony's stats are from Sept. 6 and on, after Kenny Koenig took over as head coach from Kenny Miller. Romack was one of the NTC's premier power hitters, tallying six home runs and 25 RBIs for Neoga. He batted .355. Walk went 5-3 in 53 innings pitched with 52 strikeouts, a 1.06 ERA and a .196 average against. He also hit .309 for the year.Statistics from Altamont were not available as of press time. Ziegler was one of the conference's best pitchers along while also patrolling centerfield and hitting at the heart of the order. Borders pitched and played first base, while filling in as a leadoff hitter and a middle-of-the-order bat at times during the season. Brownstown/St. Elmo's Dalton Parks earned honorable mention with 18 RBIs and a .307 batting average, along with Altamont's Klaiton Wolff and W/SS's Hayden Cole (.268 BA, .455 OBP, 17 RBI, threw out nine of 19 runners) and Mark Jones (4-3, 2.59 ERA, 1.26 WHIp). Wolff was a standout with the stick and on the mound, earning playing time across the diamond as a sophomore.
FIRST TEAMMVP: Kyle Bray, South CentralNeil Williams, St. AnthonyAlex Allen, Windsor/Stew-StrasTanner Traub, DieterichEli Dasenbrock, St. AnthonyTyler Romack, NeogaGuy Walk, NeogaDylan Peters, South CentralCole Borders, AltamontGarrett Ziegler, AltamontTyler Ross, South CentralAlex Bohnhoff, Dieterich
HONORABLE MENTIONDalton Parks, Brownstown/St. ElmoHayden Cole, Windsor/Stew-StrasMark Jones, Windsor/Stew-StrasKlaiton Wolff, Altamont