LINDEN-Maverick Bacon was the best baseball player in Montgomery County this season. And to the ire of coaches in the Sagamore Athletic Conference, this year's Montgomery County Player of the Year will be back at North Montgomery again next season before heading to play Division 1 baseball at Ball State University.

As a junior, Bacon hit .553 with a .636 on base percentage. He tallied 42 hits, 29 RBIs and scored 33 runs while striking out just four times in 102 plate appearances. Bacon hit safely in all but two games this season. In each of those games he reached on a walk, meaning he reached base safely in all 27 games for the Chargers. In 14 of those games he had at least two hits. Meanwhile, he connected on seven doubles, two triples and knocked one ball out of the park. He was also nine-of-10 in stolen base attempts.

Bacon was also called on as the sometimes-closer for North Montgomery. In nine appearances on the mound, he recorded five saves and struck out 12 batters against two walks in 8.1 innings.

But Bacon said that the team success was more important that what he was doing as an individual.

"Every players' goal is to win sectional and get past that. Unfortunately we weren't able to do that this season," Bacon said. "We were a good team I thought. Everybody wanted to play for the guy next to us. We had a pretty tough conference this year with four teams ranked in the state."

Bacon said that he didn't set specific benchmarks for himself, just that he wanted to get better.

"Every year I'm looking to improve as an individual player and I think this year I really did that," said the Ball State commit. "There was a lot of pressure on me to commit here or there and I think once I finally figured out where I wanted to go it took a lot of weight off my shoulders."

This summer Bacon is working to get better by playing with the Indiana Thunder's 17-and-under Blue team. He was recently honored by being named honorable mention All-State for 3A schools.

"I've been playing travel ball during the summer since I was nine," Bacon said. "It's definitely been good for me because I've seen better players than in high school. We went to East Cobb, Ga. and they had seven guys going D1 and three of them had been drafted."

Bacon thanked his coaches and teammates for the support they gave him during the season and said that his year's squad made the year stand out as one of the best.

"I feel like this year more than some of the past years we got along chemistry-wise as a team. Everyone had the same goal and everyone put in the time," he said.

The future is bright for this switch-hitting shortstop. Luckily fans in Montgomery County have another year to see even more improvement.