By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
The Tomahawks first ever All Tri-County Softball Team made up of players from Johnson and Carter County was a huge hit among our readers. We received several emails thanking us for recognizing our local athletes.
This week we will present our 2015 baseball team. And like softball we had another tie on Player of the Year honors.
Elizabethtons Hunter Hodges and Happy Valleys Hunter Townsend will share the top award.
Hodges compiled a team high .455 batting average with six doubles and 30 runs batted in. Townsend batted .382 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs which were tops for the players selected.
Hodges will continue his baseball career at Roane State Community College. Townsend will wear the orange and black for Milligan next year.
Elizabethtons lefty, Dylan Richardson, and Stone Hutchinson of Hampton are our top pitchers. Hutchinson was 8-3 with a 2.99 ERA. He also batted .322 for the Bulldogs. Richardson finished 6-4 with a 2.39 ERA. He struck out 63 batters and issued only 22 walks. The majority of games he pitched were against the leagues best teams.
Richardson recently signed to play with Brunswick Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. Our prayers go out to him and his mom due to the passing of his father last week.
Johnson Countys Nick Whitener was tabbed as our top underclassman. The sophomore standout hit .444 with six doubles and 30 runs batted in. He was also a standout pitcher for the Horns.
The infield is loaded with talent.
Happy Valleys Ryne Baines earns a spot after batting .450 with six doubles and 29 RBIs. So does his teammate, Justin Maupin (.346, 10 2b, 30 RBIs).
Johnson Countys Adam Worley gets penciled in due to his clutch hitting and defense.
Worley batted .369 and led the team in stolen bases. Hell continue his playing days at Alice Lloyd College next year.
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