After a year away from the diamond due to COVID-19 knocking out the 2020 season, high school baseball returned to Gibson County in 2021 and saw all three local teams make strides.
While none were able to win a postseason game, all three teams had moments to remember and several individual standout performers.
The 2021 Daily Clarion All-County team features 10 players from Gibson Southern who finished with the best record in the county (16-13), seven from Princeton Community and three from Wood Memorial.
BRIAR CHRISTY, PRINCETON COMMUNITY
Briar Christy was the Tigers' top hitter and their No. 2 starter on the mound in 2021. The senior hit a team-best .384 while also posting a team-high .516 on-base percentage. On the mound, he posted a 4.40 ERA and 5-7 record in 10 starts and nine relief appearances.
BRAYDEN MALONE, GIBSON SOUTHERN
Brayden Malone made history for Gibson Southern in 2021 as he set a single-season school record with 24 stolen bases. He also hit .326 with a .429 on-base percentage serving as the Titans leadoff hitter while pitching to a 2.67 ERA and 3-2 record in six starts and one relief appearance.
OWEN DAY, WOOD MEMORIAL
No Trojan was better than Owen Day in 2021. The junior hit a team-best .434 with 14 RBI’s while earning three wins on the mound that included a 16 strikeout game against Duggar Union. In the Trojans Class A Sectional semifinal game against Cannelton, he pitched seven no-hit innings in which he held the Bulldogs scoreless but was unable to pitch into extra innings where Wood Memorial would lose 1-0 after throwing 119 pitches.
LOGAN MAURER, GIBSON SOUTHERN
Logan Maurer was stellar both at the plate and on the mound in 2021 for the Titans. He posted a team-best .360 batting average with a .462 on-base percentage, a home run and 18 RBI’s at the plate while pitching to a 1.38 ERA and 4-2 record in six starts and five relief appearances on the mound.
OLIVER HAMILTON, GIBSON SOUTHERN
Oliver Hamilton was the Titans' top pitcher and one of their top hitters in 2021. On the mound, the junior posted a team-best 1.15 ERA and 47 strikeouts that included a 14 strikeout complete-game victory against Heritage Hills. At the plate, Hamilton hit .317 with 12 RBI’s. He was also the team’s primary catcher when not pitching.
SEAN STONE, PRINCETON COMMUNITY
Sean Stone served as the Tigers ace on the mound while also putting together a solid season while serving as the team’s catcher when not on the mound. The junior posted a 3.47 ERA, 2-7 record and struck out 52 batters in 46.1 innings on the mound while hitting at a .299 clip with a team-high 16 RBI’s.
GRAMM COLLINS, WOOD MEMORIAL
Gramm Collins served as a leader on and off the field for a young and inexperienced Trojans team. The senior hit .300 at the plate with 10 RBI’s while striking out 33 batters in 30.1 innings and earning a win on the mound.
MALAKYE MOODY, PRINCETON COMMINITY
Malakye Moody finished his high school career with a solid senior season as he placed second on the Tigers with a .351 batting average and .485 on-base percentage. The starting third basemen also drove in 11 runs and scored a team-high 22 runs.
LANDON STOLL, GIBSON SOUTHERN
Landon Stoll put together a stellar season at the plate for the Titans. He finished second on the team with a .347 batting average while also posting a .407 on-base percentage. The senior also added 11 RBI’s and made four appearances on the mound.
RHETT THOMPSON, PRINCETON COMMUNITY
Rhett Thompson finished his high school career by hitting .348 with a .400 on-base percentage while serving as the Tigers leadoff hitter in 2021. Thompson split time between first base and centerfield while also making six relief appearances on the mound. Thompson’s 14 RBI’s and 20 runs scored both ranked second on the team.
WILL MORTON, WOOD MEMORIAL
Will Morton put together an impressive freshman season for the Trojans. He spent most of his time either catching or pitching for Wood Memorial. At the plate, he hit .290 with eight RBI’s, while on the mound, he made four starts and pitched in 11 games.
ADYN SCHMIDT, GIBSON SOUTHERN
Adyn Schmidt finished his high school career with a powerful senior season. He hit to a .294 clip and posted an impressive .432 on-base percentage. He also added two home runs, both of which came during a 4-1 conference win at Heritage Hills and picked up a team-high 23 RBI’s.
KADEN HURLESS, GIBSON SOUTHERN
Kaden Hurless served as the Titans starting shortstop for much of his junior season. At the plate, Hurless hit .303 with a .418 on-base percentage. He smacked a home run, picked up 11 RBI’s and finished second on the team with 22 runs scored.
TANNER ENGELBRECHT, PRINCETON COMMUNITY
Playing in his first varsity season, Tanner Engelbrecht earned the starting shortstop job for the Tigers. He hit .268 with 13 RBI’s wile making 11 relief appearances on the mound.
JACOB SPINDLER, GIBSON SOUTHERN
Serving as the Titans' primary left fielder, Jacob Spindler put together a solid senior season that saw him hit .286 with a .380 on-base percentage. In four appearances and 10 innings on the mound, Spindler posted an impressive 2.10 ERA.
ETHAN COCHREN, PRINCETON COMMUNITY
Ethan Cochren served as the Tigers starting right fielder during his 2021 senior season. He hit .255 but posted a .435 on-base percentage with 11 RBI’s.
COLTON OKES, GIBSON SOUTHERN
Colton Okes put together a solid year at the plate for the Titans as he hit .271 with a pair of home runs and 19 RBI’s. On the mound, Okes posted an impressive 1.90 ERA in three starts and a relief appearance.
LANCE STUCKEY, PRINCETON COMMUNITY
After starting the season in a reserve role, senior Lance Stuckey earned his way into the Tigers' everyday lineup as a super-utility man. He hit .222 while making six relief appearances and one start on the mound that saw him post a team-best 2.40 ERA.
DREW FOSTER, GIBSON SOUTHERN
Drew Foster saw himself become the Titans starting second basemen and hitting second in the batting order by season’s end as he batted .284 with a .375 on-base percentage. He also stole six bases which ranked fourth on the team.
RYAN HOLZMEYER, GIBSON SOUTHERN
Ryan Holzmeyer didn’t have many at-bats but was solid on the mound in five outings which included two starts for the Titans as he posted a 1.75 ERA and 1-0 record for Gibson Southern.