Seymour baseball holds 2019 awards program


Seymour concluded its baseball season with an awards banquet in the high school cafeteria Wednesday.

The Owls finished 14-11 overall under head coach Jeremy Richey.

Owls senior second baseman R.J. Kleber was named the team’s most valuable player. Kleber, who also led off for the Owls, had 29 hits with a .341 batting average and a fielding percentage of .955.

Kleber was selected to the all-district team and was also named all-Hoosier Hills Conference honorable mention. The Mount Vernon Nazarene commit also was the recipient of the .500 club (for quality at-bats) and golden glove awards.

Devin Hill and Brayden Wilson also received golden glove awards. Hill, Wilson, Ezra Barr, Matthew Moore, Jake Roberts and Takumi Nishiwaki also were .500 club members.

The quality at-bat champion was Nishiwaki, who had a quality at-bat percentage of .606. He will play for Hanover College next year.

Hunter Ahlbrand, who also will continue his baseball career at Hanover, was name the Owls’ pitcher of the year. Ahlbrand went 4-2 on the mound, pitching 29.6 innings while recording 36 strikeouts, 18 walks, 26 hits and 13 earned runs for an ERA of 3.07.

The Owls’ scholar athlete was senior Sam Schmidt, who ranked seventh in his class with a 4.788 grade-point average.

Jack Roberts was presented the Doug Hill Memorial Leadership Award.

Jake Roberts was named all-HHC and was also the Owls’ hitter of the year and hustle award winner. He had nine home runs this spring, which is the second-most by a player in a season in SHS history. Roberts’ 33 RBI was the fourth-most by a player in a season. The junior currently sits third all-time for homers in a career.

Moore set a new school record for sacrifices in a season with eight, and Kleber (third, 25) and Nishiwaki (fifth, 22) both finished top five for stolen bases in a season. The Owls had 82 stolen bases, which is the second-most by an SHS team in a season.

Kleber finished his career third all-time for career stolen bases with 44.

Richey was assisted by Brad Thompson, Elvis Hernandez and Tim Perry with the varsity team.

The junior varsity team was coached by Jason Longmeier and Jorge Munoz, and Geoff Revalee and Justin Richey headed the freshman team.

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