Mike Hudson came away as the most decorated Panther at the Knoxville Baseball Banquet held the middle of July at Celebrate Church in Knoxville.
Hudson was named Team MVP and he earned the award as the person carrying the highest batting average on the varsity.
As a team, the Panthers posted a record of 12-29 overall.
The Panthers were coached by Matt Miller, who has resigned and moved on to take a teaching position in Independence starting in the fall.
Hudson had a batting average of .394 with 52 hits and 16 RBI. Hudson was a sophomore on the team.
Two other Knoxville players had batting averages over .300. Ben Olson and Colton Jones each hit at a .346 clip.
Olson had 44 hits and led the varsity with 36 RBI. Olson was also the team leader in home runs with seven.
Jones had 45 hits during the year.
There was a sharp drop off in production from Olson’s 36 RBI to second best on the team, Hudson and Jones each with 16 RBI and Carter Bailey with 15.
Bailey blasted three home runs and was the only other Panther with a varsity home run, other than Olson.
Coach Miller handed out varsity letters to 10 players this year. The list included Evan Eck, Bode Cox, Logan Clark, Hudson, Olson, Kyle Ramsey, Jones, Bailey, Kaleb Streigle and RJ Roberts.
Kaleb Streigle was presented the Pitcher of the Year for the Panthers.
Streigle, a senior, posted a pitching record of 5-5 overall. He tossed 52 innings allowing 54 hits and had an ERA of 4.17.
Streigle struck out 69 and walked 30.
Kyle Ramsey with a record of 1-0 was the only varsity player to finish with a winning record this year on the mound.
Other top awards handed out included Golden Glove Awards to RJ Roberts, Logan Clark, Streigle and Bode Cox.
Picking up special awards were Jaxon Zuck as the Most Inspirational Player and Jones, Roberts and Kyle Ramsey as the Captains.
Knoxville had only two seniors on the roster, Streigle and Roberts.
Academic All-SCC honors were earned by Roberts, Jones, Streigle, Kyle Ramsey, Hudson, Michael Greubel, Evan Prevo, Brett Snyder and Seth Walraven.
The players who picked up the academic honors carried a 3.4 GPA or higher.
Miller was assisted by Turner DeVore, Ryan Leisure and Steve Mott.
Odds and Ends
The Panthers struggled to find consistency on the field. The longest winning streak was two games. The Panthers best streak was winning three of four games between July 5 and 9. The wins were over Newton 6-2, Bondurant-Farrar 6-5 and a split on the road against the Davis County Mustangs. The victory was 11-3.
Knoxville suffered six one-run defeats and dropped four two-run contests.
Also honored at the banquet was the Freshman Baseball Team under the direction of Otis Roby and team manager Alexis Hopkins.