The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet <br>
Trent Johnson made the 2016 IHSBCA 1st Team.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet
Trent Johnson made the 2016 IHSBCA 1st Team.

Two MoCo players named to IHSBCA All-State

A Crawfordsville and North Montgomery baseball player were nominated to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association 2016 All-State Team.

Athenian Trent Johnson received First-Team honors as one of two pitchers on First-Team.

Johnson is the 14th Crawfordsville baseball player named to the IHSBCA First-Team.

“There were a large number of outstanding pitchers in 3A this year and to be chosen by the coaches from around the state as one of the best two is impressive,” Athenian coach John Froedge said.

Johnson ended with 127 strikeouts, the second highest in the state in all classes. Additionally, he ended with 11 wins on the mound, which tied for first in the state.

“He dominated nearly every inning he pitched this spring,” Froedge continued.

Between the heat and change-ups, Johnson only gave up 19 runs in the year. In 11 starts, Johnson did not give up more than one run in an inning except twice.

“He has shown marked improvement throughout his high school career,” Froedge said. “His command of all his pitches this spring took him to a new level this spring.”

Johnson finished with a 0.98 ERA as a junior. At the plate, he finished with a .347 and 34 hits.

Charger Baylee Adams was named to the 2016 IHSBCA All-State Second-Team as a catcher.

“Baylee was the leader on the field as our catcher,” Charger coach Matt Merica said. “His knowledge of the game and understanding specific situations behind the plate was vital to the success of the pitching staff as well as our defense.”

Adams’ arm behind the plate was a powerful addition as well as his bat.

He ended with a .438 average, supplemented by 42 hits and 17 doubles. He held the record for most doubles in the state this season.

“What a great honor for Baylee,” Merica said. “He is well deserving and has worked extremely hard to be recognized as one of the best catchers and players in the state.”

Adams will be headed to Marian University to continue his baseball career in the fall.

Both athletes were three-sport athletes, playing football, basketball and baseball.