New Albany's Steven Thom garners a handshake from head coach Chris McIntyre after belting a solo home run during the Bulldogs' 5-0 victory over North Harrison in the Stan Sajko Invitational championship game on May 18. 

Thom, who will play for Bellarmine next season, led New Albany in home runs with eight, doubles with 12 and RBIs with 45. Paired with a .412 batting average, Thom was certainly a cornerstone in New Albany heading into the postseason ranked No. 4 in the Class 4A coaches’ poll.

Thom had a down year after a strong sophomore campaign but bounced back big. He went from zero to the career-best eight homers.

“I didn’t have too good of a year last year. This is the best year I had. It was good to end my four years on that at least,” Thom said.

Thom committed to Bellarmine in October and said he had his best off-season conditioning and preparing for his senior year. Thom will play for Jeffersonville native Larry Owens at the Division II program in Louisville.

“He’s a great coach. I can’t wait to see what he can teach me and what I can do at Bellarmine,” Thom said.