Effingham Daily News
---- — Effingham's late-season push and subsequent run to the sectional semis earned the Flaming Hearts baseball team three members on the All-Apollo Conference team. Seniors Drew Levitt and Devin Mayfield each made the conference's first team, while senior Dirk Levitt was named to the second team. The seniors all had something else in common this year besides their class that brought them the postseason honors. "The thing about all three boys is that they put time in in the offseason," said Effingham coach Chris Fleener. Drew Levitt was the consistent big bat in the Hearts' lineup all year, leading the team in plate appearances, at bats, hits (36), doubles (12), triples (2), home runs (2), RBIs (18), runs (26) and batting average (.391). Unsurprisingly, the Hearts gave the senior third baseman their highest honor as well."The kids ended up voting him our team MVP as well," Fleener said. "Drew, no doubt about it, showed he was the best third baseman in the conference."While Mayfield wasn't named one of the three conference pitchers of the year, his prowess on the mound was a huge part of his role on the first team. He threw 57 innings on the year, racking up a 7-2 record with a 1.35 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP for the season. He turned it up in Apollo play, going 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA and earned four of Effingham's five conference wins. He hit .211 for the season, but hit .308 in Apollo play.He struck out 46 batters on the year and is heading to Rose-Hulman next season to keep up his strong performance on the hill. "Two wins against Mt. Zion, that was kind of the turning point for Devin," Fleener said. Dirk Levitt ended up making the second team after a slow start to the season, but was a huge catalyst in Effingham's late-season success.He was inserted in to the fifth spot of the batting order and in centerfield, hitting his way to a .282 batting average with one homer and 13 RBIs. But he outshone Drew in conference, hitting a cool .400 against Apollo opponents. "Dirk turned in to be a very good outfielder," Fleener said. "Obviously, we had high hopes for him. He could have been a 1, 2 or 5 hitter. He was versatile, you could move him around anywhere. "He came through in some big situations, hitting a home run at Flora that busted things open. He struggled early on, but he was able to figure it out."Effingham finished the season 19-14 with a regional title at Olney and a sectional loss to Mt. Vernon, who went on to take fourth in the state.