By Jake Thompson
— Two county teams won sectional titles this season as Brownsburg and Danville advanced to the regional round of play.
The Bulldogs fell in the final to undefeated Cathedral while Brebeuf took down the Warriors.
There was no shortage of good players to choose from for an all-county baseball team as several schools had solid seasons. Three nominees return from last year with one getting the nod for his third straight all-county selection.
Brownsburg tops the list with four selections after its strong postseason run and 18-10 record. Senior shortstop Mike Hartnagel hit .475 while scoring 36 runs to go along with eight doubles, five triples, and five homeruns. He also tallied 24 RBI along with 17 stolen bases.
Junior outfielder/pitcher Tyler Houston hit .453 while recording 39 hits in conjunction with 30 runs, 10 doubles, three triples, and six homeruns. Houston had 34 RBI and also got it done from the mound with a 6-0 record, 1.14 ERA with 27 Ks in 37 innings.
Senior second baseman/pitcher Haden Shipman hit .470, scored 18 runs while recording 22 RBI with five doubles, three homeruns and nine stolen bases. While on the mound, Shipman went 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA with two saves.
Senior outfielder Garrett Isch hit .440 on 33 hits, scored 25 runs with 18 RBI while collecting 10 doubles and six stolen bases.
Plainfield made it to the sectional final, ended with a 17-11 record — the second best mark in the county — and garnered three nominations.
Junior first baseman Gabe Burkhardt led the Quakers while hitting .376 with 21 RBI along with eight doubles and a homerun.
Senior Outfielder Matt Spaulding hit .341 and brought in 20 RBI along with eight doubles, two triples and three homeruns while setting the school record in runs (34).
Senior outfielder Dillon Hughes returns to the all-county team for the second consecutive year. Hughes hit .346 with 22 RBI and recorded six doubles, five triples, two homeruns and tallied 24 runs to go along with 13 stolen bases.
Avon finished up its season in the sectional final and a 14-17 record.
Senior catcher Dylan Jones made the all-county squad for the second consecutive season and finished up his four-year career with the Orioles hitting .326 with nine doubles, one triple, two homeruns and 10 RBI.
Junior shortstop/pitcher Khristian Reynolds was a dual threat for the Orioles this year, hitting .344 with 19 RBI, 13 doubles, two homeruns and eight stolen bases. Reynolds threw 12 games from the mound with a 1.87 ERA.
Danville won its first sectional title in 23 years and finished with a 9-18 record.
D.J. Eckert returns to the all-county team to represent the Warriors having a great year from the plate and mound. Eckert threw 70 innings, racking up a 1.85 ERA and 102 Ks while hitting .359 for 23 hits and scored 11 runs.
Tri-West’s Levi Baumer makes his third appearance on the all-county team, helping lead the Bruins to an 11-14 record, along with winning the school’s first-ever county championship. Baumer tied for the county’s best hitting percentage at .475, bringing in 21 RBI.
Sophomore Ty Comer was Cascade’s lone representative on the all-county squad as the Cadets finished the year 8-18. Comer hit .366 with 14 RBI, nine doubles and six stolen bases.
Second team: Brownsburg’s Ty McCoy; Plainfield’s Alec Caprarella and Justin Martin; Avon’s Cole Johnson, Matt Betustak, and Tasker Strobel; Danville’s Seth Tollison; Tri-West’s Matt Pope, Quentin Garland and Dustin Burks; Cascade’s Colin Smith and Bailey Blackburn; Bethesda’s John Mlagan, Alec Varvel and Austin Forsythe.