Arab’s varsity and junior varsity baseball players and coaches got together last Monday to reflect on a successful season and to say goodbye to a pair of senior teammates, Jordan Hardin and Peyton Allen.
Also, a few awards were passed out during the season-ending banquet at Sweet Home Baptist Church.
“It was a great night to honor our two seniors and celebrate the accomplishments of our team this year,” head coach Chad Hudson said. “This team was a joy to coach. We had a lot of guys playing varsity for the first time and we really improved throughout the year.
‘We will return a ton of contributors from this year’s team next year, so we are obviously excited about the future.”
The players and coaches had plenty to celebrate. The Knights finished 20-11 overall and 5-1 in 5A, Area 15. They made the state playoffs for the seventh straight year.
As for individual award winners, they included:
• Will Hudson, Team Captain
• John Michael Boles, Team Captain
• Cole Brooks, Best Defensive Player
• Caleb Hetler, Most Improved Player
• Taylor Ferguson, Knight Award
Other awards were given out were based on statistics.
Brooks was given the QAB Award for having the highest percentage of quality at-bats.
Boles was rewarded for having the most RBIs and having the team’s best ERA.
Will Hudson was rewarded in three categories: runs scored; hardest to strike out; and strikeouts as a pitcher.
The WHIP Award (walks+hits per innings pitched) went to Landon Law.
“The banquet went very well,” Hudson added. “We appreciate Sweet Home hosting it.”