Arab baseball

From left, team award winners Taylor Ferguson, Will Hudson, John Michael Boles, coach Chad Hudson, Caleb Hetler, Cole Brooks and Landon Law.

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.”

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