When you’re a team that finishes the season with single digit wins it’s awfully hard for athletes on your squad to garner postseason accolades.
Most all-league and all-conference teams are loaded with players from the squads that finished at or near the top of the standings. The Madison-Plains baseball team, 4-19 this spring, had a select few garner postseason respect.
Golden Eagles junior catcher Matt Jeffers was selected to the Mid-State League Ohio Division second team after hitting .429, collecting 12 RBI and an on-base average of .556. He was also the only Plains’ player to receive any All-Central District recognition, being named honorable mention All-District in Division III.
Junior third baseman Kenkade Snyder was an honorable mention All-MSL Ohio pick. This spring he hit .475, had 10 RBI and a .592 on-base percentage. Fellow junior Hunter Butin was also an honorable mention selection as a pitcher. He was 2-4 on the season with a stellar 1.80 ERA, at the plate he hit .244.
“I am happy for our players being recognized with postseason honors,” Plains coach Zach Durban said. “Each of them are very deserving. Kenkade and Matt have hit in the three and four spots, respectively, all year. They are challenged every game with good pitching and come away with great success.
“Hunter was our No. 1 starter this year. He competes hard every inning and has done great for us both in the league and non-conference. I look forward to having all of them back as seniors next year.”
The Lady Eagles had a strong contingent of postseason honorees, headlined by first-team All-MSL Ohio selection of second baseman Tori Bevington.
A trio of Madison-Plains players were pegged for the second team including sophomore infielder Shelby Puckett, sophomore pitcher Courtney Davis and sophomore infielder Maria Grabill.
Catcher Liza Watson, a senior, and Macey Long, a freshman infielder-outfielder, were both named honorable mention All-MSL Ohio.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.