Three high school baseball players from the News and Tribune coverage area have been named first team All-State by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Steven Thom of New Albany was selected the Class 4A first baseman, Blayden McMahel of Jeffersonville the Class 4A second baseman and Silver Creek catcher Tyler Kapust was also a first-team pick in 3A.
Thom hit .412 with eight home runs, 45 RBIs and eight doubles, helping the Bulldogs rise to as high as No. 4 in the state going into postseason play. Thom will play for Bellarmine next season.
Kapust, who is headed to the University of Southern Indiana, had an outstanding season for Silver Creek, hitting .445 with five home runs, 31 RBIs, seven doubles.
McMahel, who announced his commitment Friday to play for Wabash Valley (Ill.) Junior College, had a monster offensive season for the Red Devils, including a big postseason that included his 11th home run of the season in sectional action against New Albany. His two-run triple against Columbus East in the regional put his final tally of RBIs at 53 to tie the school record.
McMahel finished with a .435 batting average, a .562 on-base percentage and a .988 slugging percentage, walking 22 times to just 13 strikeouts. He also stole 11 bases.
Earning honorable-mention status in Class 4A were Jeffersonville senior Jack Ellis and New Albany junior Cooper Biven. Ellis posted an on-base percentage over .500 as a key man near the top of the Red Devils’ lineup. Ellis will play next year at John A. Logan (Ill.) College.
Biven, a second baseman committed to Kentucky Wesleyan, hit .440 with nine doubles and 20 RBIs while scoring 49 runs last season for the Bulldogs.
In Class 3A, Silver Creek shortstop Holden Groher was an honorable-mention pick. The IU commit had an impressive sophomore campaign, hitting .449 with five home runs and a team-best 36 RBIs. He walked 17 times to just 16 strikeouts and went 8 for 8 in stolen-base attempts.
Silver Creek outfielder Dylan Whitt was also an honorable-mention selection, hitting .427 with 34 runs scored and 21 stolen bases.