Edwards named POY; four others make All-Conference

Published 3:06 pm Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Eastern Plains Conference baseball coaches voted Washington High School junior second baseman Connor Edwards the league’s player of the year and four teammates joined him on the All-Conference first team.

Edwards hit .485 from the lead-off spot in the order during the conference season, scored 21 runs, stole 15 bases and reached base 57 % of the time.

“He was the perfect lead-off man for us,” coach Lane Raper said. “We experimented with several lineups early, but he led off every conference game for us. He was excellent in working the count to frustrate the pitcher and eventually drawing a walk or getting a hit. He is a quiet leader and his calm demeanor helped him in key situations”

Edwards was the only player to get at least one hit in all 12 conference games. WHS finished 12-10 overall and 7-5 in the EPC.

Teammates Hunter Baldree (.397), Austin Cherry (.375) Zac Lilley (.325) and Jon Hamill (5-0, 32 strikeouts and opponents average of .216) joined Edwards on the All-Conference squad.

The Pam Pack also handed out team awards at their recent banquet.

Edwards was the offensive player of the year, Cherry, a catcher, was the defensive player of the year, Hamill was the pitcher of the year and also won a coaches award. Luke Brown won the other coaches award; Hayes Pippin was named Mr. Clutch and Matt Craig was the comeback player of the year.