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2011-2012 All-Levy County Baseball Team

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Williston's White is player of the year

By Ryan Butler

      Player of the Year:
    Max White - Senior - Williston
In any other time, White would be the obvious choice for overall Athlete of the Year. To cap off an amazing career, White batted .407, slugged .765 and posted a strong .968 fielding percentage with five outfield assists in centerfield for the Red Devils. On top of that, he scored 42 runs and drove home 24. That was all during his limited opportunities to hit the ball when opposing pitchers didn’t walk him. He was even more impressive on the base paths, stealing an incredible 34 bases in 37 attempts. And until a shoulder surgery junior year he focused mainly on pitching. Not surprisingly, he was a top college propect. It also came as no surprise that he was a top Major League prospect, getting drafted in the secound round. White decided to go with the majors and the Colorado Rockies. This summer he’ll begin his major-league dream in Grand Junction, Colo., far from home but one step closer to his ultime goal.

      Justin Baker - Senior - Williston
    The Red Devils go-to ace became the rock on the mound for one of the best teams in Williston baseball history. The work horse posted a gaudy 1.90 ERA in 62.2  innings pitch. Opposing batters only hit .174 against him during his senior season. Baker allowed only 17 earned runs over the corse of the season.        

    Austin Etheridge - Senior - Williston
   Another one of Williston’s stable of great senior players, Etheridge put together a season with a .309 batting average, a .456 on-base percentage, 27 runs and 19 RBI’s.
        
    Bradley Jones - Senior - Williston
    On a team with big bats and big arms, Jones was the constant presence behind the plate for the district champion Red Devils. Calling every pitch of every game for his pitchers, Jones also threw out 11 out of 20 attempted steal attempts. He only committed one error all season.

     Christian Morris - Senior - Williston
    The big, powerful first baseman showed off his strength like never before during his senior season, knocking home 11 home runs and setting the Williston High School single-season record in the process. The future Indiana Hoosier player brings a .376 batting average and an incredible .806 slugging percentage from his senior year to Bloomington in the fall.
    
    Tim Reidy - Junior - Chiefland
A de facto veteran on a young Chiefland team, Reidy proved himself as one of the most dependable players on the team. A middle-of-the-lineup batter, Reidy also impressed in the infield. He was perhaps most decisive in his apperances as the Indians’ go-to reliever. He will be a centerpeice of an improving Chiefland team in 2013 that returns all but one player from last year’s squad.

    J.J. Roe - Senior - Bronson    
The team’s leader in batting average (.321), hits and RBIs (17), Roe was one of the most impressive members of a strong senior class for the Eagles. He also knocked home Bronson’s lone home run on the season.

      John Stephenson - Senior - Bronson    
Like Roe, Stephenson was a multi-sport athlete for the Eagles. Tied for second on the team with 12 RBI’s and the team leader in doubles,  Stephenson also graduated in the top 10 of his class.

                   
      John Ward - Sophomore - Chiefland
    On a team that entered with major question marks on the mound, Ward became the exclamation point. Ward emerged as the team’s most reliable starting pitcher and began the game as the starting pitcher in the team’s pivotal district semi-final game. When he wasn’t pitching, he was a steady hand at first base and a constant prescence in the middle of the Indians’ lineup.