2018 Sports in Kansas Baseball Player of the Year Honors

Putz (Miege) & O'Toole (Ark City) had 4A-I top honors (Donita Clausen -The Cowley Courier Traveler)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jun 11, 2018

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2018 Sports in Kansas Baseball Player of the Year Honorees (all-state lists on mainpage)

2018 Sports in Kansas All Classes Player of the Year

Carter Putz, Bishop Miege (4A-I) Sr. (bio also below in 4A-I)

The senior infielder will go down as one of the best multiple sport athletes in Kansas history. Although he may be more known as a high school quarterback that rewrote all the football record books in Kansas, his best sport at the next level is baseball and that’s what he will do at Notre Dame next school year. The senior, who has been committed to the Irish since his sophomore year, led the Stags to a 4A-I state runner-up finish and hit .460 in arguably the states best league (EKL) against all 5A and 6A competition. Putz had 40 hits over 25 games that included six doubles, four triples, three homers and 23 RBI. Putz is slated to be an immediate impact player at the Division I level as a freshman in South Bend next season.

2018 Sports in Kansas All Classes Pitcher of the Year

Peyton Carson, Shawnee Heights (5A) Sr. (bio also below in 5A)

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 6A Player of the Year 

Josh Fiene, Blue Valley Northwest Sr. 

Fiene helped Northwest to a 6A runner-up finish in 2018 and was one of the best players in the states top league (EKL). He was named the 2018 EKL Player of the Year in a league loaded with division one talent from just about every team in the league. He hit .423 in the states top league and had 23 RBI as the state runner-up Huskies had their top finish in school history after taking third a year ago. Fiene will play at Johnson County Community College next season 

Sports in Kansas 6A Pitcher of the Year

Logan Pittman, Blue Valley

Pittman was lights out in the Eastern Kansas League and in 6A this season. He went 8-0 on the mound with a 1.8 ERA while striking out 37 in 57 innings pitched. He led the Tigers to back-to-back 6A state titles. Pittman was named the 2018 EKL Pitcher of the Year in a league loaded with top of the line pitching prospects. Pittman will play at Drury next season. 

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 4A-I Player of the Year

Carter Putz, Bishop Miege Sr.

The senior infielder will go down as one of the best multiple sport athletes in Kansas history. Although he may be more known as a high school quarterback that rewrote all the football record books in Kansas, his best sport at the next level is baseball and that’s what he will do at Notre Dame next school year. The senior, who has been committed to the Irish since his sophomore year, led the Stags to a 4A-I state runner-up finish and hit .460 in arguably the states best league (EKL) against all 5A and 6A competition. Putz had 40 hits over 25 games that included six doubles, four triples, three homers and 23 RBI. 

Sports in Kansas 4A-I Pitcher of the Year

Hunter O’Toole, Ark City Sr.

O’Toole was one of the most dominant pitchers in the state and led his team to capturing the 4A-I state championship this season. O’Toole has been an immediate impact player for the Bulldogs since his arrival as a freshman garnering all league four seasons in a row. He was also the player who scored the buzzer beater to beat Andover Central this March in the 4A-I 3rd place game and a second team all-league receiver in football this fall. Where he shines is on the mound as he struck out 65 batters in 51.1 innings pitched with a 0.41 ERA to go along with a 6-1 record. Not only did he get it done on the mond, he also hit .356 this season and boasts 3.91 GPA in the classroom

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Congratulations Hunter O’Toole on the 4A-I Pitcher of the Year and the Arkansas City High School Baseball Team on the 2018 4A-I State Championship! ACHS Booster Club is proud to support the Bulldogs!

Sports in Kansas 4A-II Player of the Year

Luke Wolgamott, Parsons, Jr.

Wolgamott, a junior first baseman, led the entire state of Kansas in batting average this season and was 15th in the nation according to MaxPreps national list. He has been a huge part of the resurgence of baseball at Parsons HS as they took third in 4A-II this season under head coach Gerald Beardmore. Wolgamott hit .636 this season with 49 hits in 77 at-bats. He had nine doubles, five triples, two homers and 25 RBI in a loaded Parsons lineup. Only a junior, he has already earned two all-state selections, honorable mention last year and first team all-state this year to go along with his POY honor in 4A-II.

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Sports in Kansas 4A-II Pitcher of the Year

Derek Bycroft, Iola, Jr.

Byrcroft led the Mustangs to the 4A-II state title this year as he dominated on the mound in 2018. He has an 8-0 record with a 0.73 ERA. He had 63 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched in 2018. Not only did he get it done on the mound he also hit .393 with 29 RBI over 25 games this season for the 4A-II champion.

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The Iola Booster Club would like to congratulate Derek on the 4A-II Pitcher of the Year from Sports in Kansas and the Iola Mustangs on the 2018 4A-II State Championship

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Sports in Kansas 3A Baseball Co-Player of the Year

Gabe Garber, Sabetha, Soph.

Garber helped the Bluejays to the 3A state title as a sophomore outfielder with a .552 average with 48 hits, just six off the single season state record. He also scored 40 times, had 34 RBI. In addition to Sports in Kansas 3A Player of the Year and 3A All-State he was also 1st Team All Big 7 as a sophomore this spring. Garber was lights out in the state tournament going 8-of-11 with nine RBI. Garber also sealed the deal this fall for the football team as he picked off a Marysville pass on the one-yard line in the state championship, giving the Bluejays their first state football title since 1997. Look for a bright future for the Sabetha sophomore in multiple sports over the next two seasons.

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Micah Grover, Cheney, Sr.

Grover was one of the top 3A multiple sport athletes in the state this season, also earning all state honors as a quarterback in football this past fall. Grover hit .514 with 42 RBI while only striking out three times all season in leading his team to the 3A state tournament. Cheney (20-4) lost in the first round to Marion. It’s only the third year of the program and Grover is a big reason why the Cards have put this program on the map in recent time.

Sports in Kansas 3A Pitcher of the Year

Jace Kaminska, Caney Valley, Soph.

Kaminska was as dominating as anyone on the mound this season as he struck out 82 batters in 35.1 IP while only allowing two earned runs on the way to a 5-0 record (0.40 ERA) for the Bullpups. Only four runs scored in his 35.1 innings on the mound, two of which were unearned. He was equally as good as a hitter as he hit .467 with 25 RBI, 14 doubles two homers and had 10 stolen bases. Kaminska is one of the rising young players in Kansas as he has two full seasons left to play high school baseball at Caney Valley where he plays for his father, Mike. Kaminska was also a Perfect Game Honorable Mention Underclass All-American this season.

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Proud of You Jace! Love You – All the Kaminska Family

Sports in Kansas 2-1A Pitcher of the Year

Cade Miller, West Elk, Senior

Miller struck out 65 batters in 50 innings pitching this season with a 1.68 ERA. He had a 10-2 record on the mound for the Patriots this season. In addition to that he also hit .455 this season and only struck out one time. Miller has now been all-state this season in football, basketball and baseball. He was part of the best annual year for West Elk in their boy’s sports history which included a top four finish at state basketball in March.

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