Of all of the Hendricks County baseball teams, only the Brownsburg Bulldogs advanced out of sectional play this season and they fell in the regional final to the eventual state runner-up.
While the Bulldogs were the only squad to come away with a sectional title, there were many fine baseball prospects in the area to choose from to represent the Hendricks County Flyer Top 10 all-county team. Three of those named returned from the 2011 squad.
Brownsburg tops the list this season with three players making the cut, each of which was named to the all-Hoosier Crossroad Conference team. The Bulldogs finished 18-11 with a sectional crown and won the county championship over Avon.
Brownsburg’s Isaac Sampen once again made the all-county team. The Purdue commit led the state with 12 home runs and recorded a blistering .507 batting average in conjunction with 38 RBI and 10 doubles. Pitcher Jordan Deal, a Belmont commit, tallied a 7-4 record with a 3.60 ERA, recording 65 Ks in 68 innings of work. Outfielder John Moore ended up on base more than 50 percent of the season, thanks to a .452 batting average. The senior finished with 4 home runs and 13 doubles while committing 0 errors on the year.
Cascade ended its season with a 14-10 record, thanks in part to the play of seniors Alex Arthur and Jordan Davis. Each was named to the West Central Conference first team. Arthur, a 2011 all-county selection and catcher, hit .398 with 6 home runs, 10 doubles and 31 RBI. Davis tallied a .438 batting average with 2 home runs, 3 doubles, and 17 RBI.
Avon’s Caleb Coy and Dylan Jones each made the HCC all-conference squad and were the last pair of players from one school making the all-county team. Coy, a senior, hit .357 with 10 doubles and 20 RBI while keeping a .955 fielding percentage from his spots at first and third. Jones, a junior, recorded a .406 batting average with 9 doubles, a triple and a home run with 23 RBI and was a force behind the plate all season for the Orioles.
Danville ended the year in second place in the Sagamore Conference and recorded a 14-13 overall record. Junior D.J. Eckert, who garnered all-conference honors, had a lot to do with that as he pitched and caught for the Warriors. Eckert finished the season with a 5-4 record from the mound, pitching six complete games with a 1.47 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 57.3 innings of work. The junior hit .381 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, and 2 home runs while tallying 25 RBI.
Tri-West’s Levi Baumer made the all-county team for the second consecutive year. Baumer led the 7-17 Bruins from his No. 3 spot in the line up. The junior hit .368 and knocked in 25 RBI while being a batter many teams chose to throw around (16 walks). Baumer was also a first-team all-Sagamore Conference selection.
Plainfield finished up a tale of two seasons with a 9-18 record after starting out 8-4, but one constant throughout was the play of Gabe Burkhardt. The sophomore hit .475 from the plate with 21 RBI, along with 5 doubles and 4 home runs. Burkhardt was named to the Mid-State all-conference squad.
Second team: Tri-West’s Mitch Alexander; Danville’s Zach Rohn and Nick Thurston; Brownsburg’s David Oliger, Jake Weimer, and Ty McCoy; Bethesda’s John Mlagan and Brandon Gill; Avon’s Tasker Strobel and Khristian Reynolds; Plainfield’s Matt Spaulding; and Cascade’s Brandon Blinn and Nolan Sappenfield.