The Appalachian Newspapers All Mountain Baseball team is selected from the teams in the coverage areas of the Appalachian News-Express, the Floyd Chronicle and Times, the Paintsville Herald, the Hazard Herald and the Mingo Messenger.

Appalachian Newspapers’ Randy White, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker and Joshua Blankenship selected the team.

To watch the discussion about the All-Mountain Team see episode 35 of the Bank On It podcast on our YouTube channel.

Coach of the Year

John Meehan

Hazard

Meehan led Hazard to four straight 14th Region championships. The Bulldogs advanced to the Elite 8 round of this season’s state tournament. Hazard finished the season with a 29-8 record. The Bulldogs won the 14th Region All “A” Classic, the 54th District Tournament and the 14th Region championship.

Coach of the Year

nominees

Shawn Hall

Johnson Central

Hall helped the Golden Eagles advance to the 15th Region championship game. Johnson Central fell short to Lawrence County 12-7 in the region title game. The Golden Eagles finished the season with a 32-6 record. Johnson Central claimed the 57th District title.

Jordan Compton

Shelby Valley

Compton and the Wildcats won their first 59th District championship in 19 years. The Wildcats used a good mix of experience and youth this season. Shelby Valley kept improving throughout the season. Shelby Valley finished with a 16-16 record.

Chris Lawson

Pike Central

Lawson and the Hawks had a big year. Pike Central got off to a slow start, but kept working hard throughout the season. The Hawks won the 60th District championship for the second straight season. The Hawks finished the season with a 16-18 record.

Travis Feltner

Lawrence County

Feltner led Lawrence County to the 15th Region title. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 35-6 record. The Bulldogs also won the 58th District title.

Player of the Year

Ryley Preece

Johnson Central

Preece finished in the Top 25 state rankings in most statistical categories. Preece had a big season for the Golden Eagles. He hit .463 on the season with six home runs, 37 RBIS, 15 doubles, five triples and was a perfect 39 for 39 on stolen base attempts. He also was 6-1 on the mound with a 1.29 earned run average. He struck out 56 batters in 49 innings pitched.

Player of the Year nominees

Andy Baker

Hazard

Baker loved playing the game. He always played with a smile. Baker could back that smile up with his play on the field. Baker hit .337 with 31 RBIs, eight doubles, two triples, a homer and 16 stolen bases. On the mound, he was 7-1 with a 1.25 earned run average with 47 strikeouts in 44 and 2/3 innings pitched. He also only gave up eight earned runs on the season. He was one of Hazard’s four senior leaders.

Jackson Feltner

Lawrence County

Feltner hit for power and his bat helped lead the Bulldogs to the 15th Region title game.

Gunner Collins

Paintsville

Collins got injured late in the season, but he still had an outstanding year. Collins hit .507 with 39 RBIs, five doubles, a triple, six home runs and 22 stolen bases.

Bailey Blair

Hazard

Blair was another one of Hazard’s senior leaders. Blair hit .349 at the plate with 30 RBIs, six doubles, four triples, a home and 15 stolen bases. He was 5-1 on the mound with two saves. He had a 2.19 earned run average, while striking out 42 batters in 54 and 1/3 innings.

First Team

P Bailey Blair Hazard

P Brice Blevins

Lawrence County

P Blake Delong

Johnson Central

P Andrew Allen

Mingo Central

C Dalton Baker

Hazard

INF Jackson Feltner

Lawrence County

INF Gunner Collins

Paintsville

INF DaSean Prinkleton Pike Central

INF Hunter McCloud J

ohnson Central

OF Jackson Hensley

Pikeville

OF Isa Scales

Mingo Central

OF Jake Hyden

Paintsville

UTL Trajon Campbell

Hazard

UTL Jon Potter

Pike Central

UTL Jackson Lockhart-Wierwille

Shelby Valley

Second Team

P David Elkins

Perry Central

P Gabe Ferrell

Johnson Central

P Grayson Harris

Pikeville

P Braxton Ratliff

Paintsville

C Logan Billiter

Shelby Valley

INF Matt Baldwin

Paintsville

INF Ryan Sartin-Slone Johnson Central

INF Evan Coleman

Pike Central

INF Ethan Varney

Tug Valley

OF Connor Wright

Pikeville

OF Nate Brown

Pikeville

OF Kyle Johnson

Hazard

UTL Avery Browning

Belfry

UTL Ryan Couch

Perry Central

UTL Caleb Hager

Floyd Central

Third Team

P Hunter Mullins

Shelby Valley

P Keaton Taylor

Belfry

P Brandon Turnmire Phelps

P Baron Ratliff

Paintsville

C Chasye Meade

Johnson Central

INF Garrett Clevenger Phelps

INF Ryan Gibson

Paintsville

INF Jarrett Napier

Hazard

INF Grant Davis

Johnson Central

OF Samuel Brown

Shelby Valley

OF Tanner Wood

Pike Central

OF Karsten Poe

Paintsville

UTL Matt Combs

Floyd Central

UTL Peyton Burke

Prestonsburg

UTL Dakota Vance

Tug Valley

Honorable

Mention

Gabriel Brown

Shelby Valley

Lincoln Billiter

Shelby Valley

Mikey Mullins

Shelby Valley

Daylin Goad

Mingo Central

Jace Dotson

Mingo Central

Noah Rose

East Ridge

Michael Baldridge

East Ridge

Hunter Ferrell

East Ridge

Alex Vance

Tug Valley

Justin Hall

Tug Valley

Seth Elkins

Phelps

Riley Dotson

Phelps

Jordan Blankenship

Phelps

Zach Bentley

Betsy Layne

Chase Hamilton

Betsy Layne

Chase Conley

Floyd Central

Logan Conley

Floyd Central

Braden Slone

Prestonsburg

Aaron Shepherd

Prestonsburg

Brett Coleman

Belfry

Tate Walters

Pikeville

Lucas Justice

Pikeville

Brody Birchfield

Pikeville

Drake Potter

Pikeville

Seth Williams

Paintsville

Hayden Fleming

Jenkins

Mason Lovely

Magoffin County

Brayden Cottongame

Perry Central

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