Montgomery County witnessed two State-ranked baseball teams
by the end of the 2015-2016 season. Crawfordsville ended at No. 3 in the
Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association and North Montgomery finished
at No. 10.
In turn, North Montgomery had five athletes make it onto The
Paper’s All-County Baseball Team, Crawfordsville seated four positions and
Southmont placed one.
Baylee Adams, Justin Clary, Jordan Lewis, Vince Gwynn and
Devon Zachary team up on All-County, representing four seniors and a sophomore.
The powerful North offense was led by these five in hits.
Adams (named The Paper’s Player of the Year) starred with 42 hits at a .438
batting average, hitting in the three-spot. The sole sophomore for North,
Clary, on the All-County Team accumulated 36 hits with a .353, typically at
number two in the lineup. Lewis was at the cleanup spot, producing 30 hits and
the second highest average of .395. Gwynn maintained the threats at the six or
seven spot and connected for 29 hits and a .326 average. Zachary helmed the
lineup with a .306 bat, supplemented by his speed on the bases.
Each also were part of North’s pitching staff. Gwynn went
5-0 (1.84 ERA), Lewis 5-2 (1.88 ERA) Clary 1-1 (1.47 ERA), and Zachary 2-0
Crawfordsville’s seats in the All-County Team were filled by
their three main pitchers and their big hitter – three juniors and a sophomore.
The stacked pitching staff was led by Trent Johnson, who ignited the mound with
a 0.98 ERA and a record of 11-1. He finished the year with 117 strikeouts, the
third-highest in Indiana, according to MaxPreps. Johnson was accompanied by the
Dowells. Chase Dowell (the only sophomore) finished the season with a 0.89 ERA.
He pitched to a 7-1 record. Brendan Dowell had five wins and one loss.
Caden Jones dominated the Athenian plate in the three spot
at a .364 average with the same number of hits as RBIs, 32. Johnson hit a .347
with 16 RBIs in the leadoff position. Brendan Dowell sat in the two spot with a
.315 and 28 hits. Chase Dowell came up in the five spot at a .272 with 22 hits.
Southmont senior Zach Worm represents his team due to his
strong bat, leading the County in homeruns with four. Worm averaged .294 with
20 hits and 21 RBIs.