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Locals honored by All-District baseball and softball awards

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A number of local players and a coach were recently honored by the coaches in the Sixth Region for their accomplishments this spring in both baseball and softball.

In baseball, Bullitt East seniors Shane Valentine and Cody Morris, along with junior Colten Maupin earned All-Sixth Region honors. North Bullitt’s Cody Montgomery and Marcel Hull, a pair of seniors, also earned All-Sixth Region honors.

Also honored as the Sixth Region Assistant Coach of the Year was North Bullitt’s Chris Kelly. It is the second time that Kelly has earned that honor.

The Sixth Region Player of the Year was Zach Lucas, a senior at Butler. Lucas is the son of former Bullitt Central football coach Doug Lucas. Zach Lucas, who will attend the University of Louisville, was recently named the Kentucky Player of the Year by Gatorade.

Butler head coach Greg Lauder was the Sixth Region Coach of the year.

The coaches also selected an All-24th District team. This is not to be confused with the All-24th District Tournament teams that were announced at the end of tournament play.

The All-24th District squad was heavily weighted to Bullitt East which had the number one seed and won the district title for an eighth straight season. Earning those honors were Valentine, Morris and Maupin along with senior Chaz Jackson and sophomores Hunter Wood and Tyler Minogue.

North Bullitt’s players on that honor list included Hull and Montgomery along with senior Tyler Shewmaker and sophomore Clayton Kelly. Bullitt Central sophomore Ben Parker also made the All-24th District team.

Almost half the players on the Metro Coaches Association All-Sixth Region Softball squad were from the three Bullitt County schools.

Bullitt East, which lost in the regional semi-finals, was represented by juniors Kirsten Price and Jamie Lutes along with freshman Morgan Raymer. Bullitt Central also had three players on the honor team, senior Rachel Basil, junior Seaera Minyard and freshman Haley Dukes. North Bullitt was represented by eighth-grader Jordan Vorbrink. 

It was a good year for softball in Bullitt County, but 2012 could be even better. Basil was the only senior to be a full-time starter on any of the three local squads (BE’s Mericate Small started in centerfield, but did not bat).

So, all three squads will return their top pitchers, catchers and shortstops next season. Pleasure Ridge Park, the four time Sixth Region champions, will lost five senior starters, but will have some key players back including their best pitcher.

With that in mind, it is not hard at all to imagine the three Bullitt County squads being amongst the top five teams in the Sixth Region next season.

North Bullitt did not have a senior on its roster this season. Even with that, head coach Eric Lambert told his team after the loss to Bullitt Central in the district tournament, that they would have to get better just to have a chance to reach the regional tournament next spring.

It should be a very interesting softball season locally in 2012.