2018 Sports in Kansas 5A All-State Baseball Team

Peyton Carson of Shawnee Heights named 5A Pitcher of the Year.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jun 11, 2018

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Sports in Kansas has released its 2018 All-State Baseball Team. Selections were finalized by Chet Kuplen of Sports in Kansas with input from several media outlets in Kansas. Input was taken from coaches and athletic director nomination forms sent in to Sports in Kansas following the 2018 season, not prior. This is not the Coaches Association Team, this is from Sports in Kansas only. They also have an all-state team voted on by member coaches prior to the state tournaments. 

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Sports in Kansas 5A Player of the Year 

Jordan Ellison, Wichita Heights, Jr. 

Ellison had a huge year for the Falcons as he did it all, therefore he picks up player of the year honors as there's not much he cant do. He hit .444 on the season with 27 RBI, scored 27 times, and hit five homers. He only struck out five times this season. Although as dominant as anyone at the plate he was more impressive as a pitcher in which he went 10-0. Only one game he didn't get a decision and he had a no hitter going through seven innings until he was pulled due to pitch count. Ellison had a ridicilous 0.65 ERA in 2018 as he struckout 72 batters in 53 innings pitched. He only gave up 34 hits in his 11 outings this season. 

Sports in Kansas 5A Pitcher of the Year 

Peyton Carson, Shawnee Heights, Sr.

Carson, a senior lefty, went 7-0 this season in nine starts for the 5A third place T-birds as he only allowed 25 hits all season. The senior was the Centennial League Player of the Year and also the All City Player of the Year from the Topeka Capital Journal. He was also the Gatorade Player of the Year in Kansas. He has signed to play Division I baseball at nearby power Missouri State University out of the Missouri Valley Conference. The senior struckout 58 batters this season with a 0.49 ERA. Carson was arguably the best pitcher in Kansas this season.

Sports in Kansas 5A Coach of the Year

Steve Bushnell, Topeka Seaman

Bushnell, in his 20th year, has been one of the best coaches in the game in recent memory and captured the 5A state title in 2018 with a 7-2 win over Bishop Carroll in the state championship game in Wichita. It was the first state title for Seaman (21-4) in five years. Seaman has made the tournament 15 consecutive times and has made the title game 12 times in 20 years. What a run it was for them in the postseason as they had to win over Aquinas on a walk-off home run in regionals to even get to state. That was followed up by a three run ningth inning walkoff victory (3-2) over Blue Valley Southwest in the opening round of state before eliminating rival Shawnee Heights (3-2) in the semifinals. 

Sports in Kansas 5A All-State Baseball

First Team

P- Peyton Carson, Shawnee Heights Sr.

P- Conner MacKay, DeSoto Sr.

P- Rene Ramos – BV Southwest Sr.

P- Jovon Gill – BV Southwest Soph.

P- Brady Bockover – Bishop Carroll Sr.

P- Ethan Kickhaefer, Salina Central Sr.

C- Jackson Cobb – Seaman Sr.

C- Chase Reynolds, Shawnee Heights Sr.

IF – Brody Hanna – Maize South Sr.

IF- AJ Peters, Bishop Carroll Sr.

IF – Jack Wagner – Maize South Sr.

IF – Ricardo Yanez – KC Turner Sr.

IF- Sam Payne, Seaman Sr.

IF – Tanner Buckley – Shawnee Heights Sr.

OF- Houston McFarlane, Wichita Heights Sr.

OF- Mitchell Lady – Shawnee Heights Sr.

OF – Zach Farmer – Salina Central Sr.

OF- Casey Mayes, Andover Sr.

OF- Jared Sharp, BV Southwest Sr.

Util – Kadin Pearson, Valley Center Sr.

Util- Jordan Ellison, Wichita Heights Jr.

DH- Nick Modricin, BV Southwest Sr.

DH- Alex Epp, Maize South Jr.

Second Team

P – Parker Wildeman, Seaman Jr.

P- Adrian Perez, Maize  Jr.

P- Jack Thornhill, Aquinas Sr.

P- Hayden Bontrager, Maize South Sr.

C- Tyler Alverson, Bishop Carroll Sr.

C- Paul Mode, Wichtia Heights

IF- Cody Troyer, Wichita Heights Sr.

IF- Jordon Helm, Maize Jr.

IF- Chase Curtis, Pittsburg Sr.

IF – Isaiah Cohens, Goddard Jr.

IF- Carson Pracht, Bishop Carroll Sr.

IF- Mason Lundrigin, Salina South Sr.

OF- Layne Haddock – Salina South Sr.

OF – R.J. Lara, Bishop Carroll Sr.

OF – Blake Mitchell, Goddard Soph.

OF – Jahawn Byrd, Leavenworth Soph.

OF- Tye Cicero, Pittsburg Sr.

OF- Will Morris, Mill Valley Sr.

OF- Quinton Hall – Mill Valley Jr.

OF- Kaden Tate, Wichita Heights Sr.

Util – Sawyer Slayden, Emporia Sr.

Util- Chase Elias, Aquinas Sr.

Honorable Mention

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Hunter Hesseltine - Seaman, Tyler White - Shawnee Heights, Colten Richardson – Valley Center, Cam McMillan – Aquinas, Bailey Burns – Valley Center, Justin Looper – Maize South, Jordan Helm – Maize, Alex Kafka – Pittsburg, Dylan White – Pittsburg, Matt Seirer-  Newton, Said Melendez – Sumner, Braxton Hyde – Liberal, Mason Musgrave – Turner, Nolan Sprague – Mill Valley, Johnathan Contreas – Mill Valley, Koy Brack – Great Bend, Chase Broeker – Leavenworth, Tanner Freeman – Turner, Ryan Dix – Salina Central, Grant Bumgardner – Maize South, Garrett Gasaway – St. James, Shaun Gomez – Shawnee Heights, Ryan Sauter – Olathe West, Justin Tinkler – BV Southwest, Ryan Brendan – Aquinas, Andrew Wisner – Eisenhower, Anthony Slaughter – DeSoto, Camden Jurgensen – Maize, Gage Kennedy – Maize, Bryce Boomsma – Wichita Heights, Chris Hunter – Schlagle, Jordon Helm – Maize, Wade Reynolds – Eisenhower, Bradyn Wines- Maize South, Isaac Amann – Mill Valley, Chase Reynolds - Shawnee Heights, Blake Freeman – Bishop Carroll, Will Morris – Mill Valley, Logan Brede Shawnee Heights, Logan Brede – Shawnee Heights, Reece Flaxx – Bishop Carroll, Tanner Day – Wichita Heights, Kaden Tate – Wichita Heights, Nate Hungate – Kapaun, Andrew Neussen – Eisenhower, Alexandro Minari – Topeka West, Zach Farmer – Salina Central, Estevan Lozano -KC Harmon, Cesar Burciaga – Liberal, Mattingly Milledge – Eisenhower, Abel Oguin – Highland Park, Garrett Morrow – Goddard, Phoenix Downs – Schlagle, Chance Perry – Great Bend, Alex Kern – Newton, Brogen Richardson – Salina Central, Blake Steele – BV Southwest, Justin Tinkler – BV Southwest, Tyler White – Shawnee Heights, Parker Wildeman – Seaman, Eli Laird – Seaman, Kaden Henley – Seaman, Brendan Ryan – Aquinas, Blake Ripp – St. James, Tyce Brown – Shawnee Heights, Isaiah Cohens – Goddard, Zach Guertin – BV Southwest, Jerek Buther - Pittsburg, Shaun Gomez - Shawnee Heights,  Eli Laird - Seaman, Blaine Jepson - Seaman, Kaden Henley - Seaman,Brock Hillebert - Seaman,