Baseball players receive Dispatch honors
?Named to the All-Area team were Josh Hutton, James Matson, Trevor Peterson and Cody Williams.On the honorable mention list were Ian Cooper, Kaleb Hougland and Payton Keller.
Olympic coaches made Hutton, Matson, Peterson and Williams unanimous selections for the All-Conference team. Cooper received honorable mention.
At the Chargers’ postseason banquet, Matson picked up plaques for Most Outstanding Player,
Most Outstanding Pitcher, Most Outstanding Hitter, and Coaches Award.
His batting average was .442, his on-base percentage was .556 and his slugging percentage was .628. He drew 22 walks and scored 39 runs.
As a pitcher, Matson had a 6-2 record with four complete games. He worked 45 2/3 innings in 14 appearances.
Matson had a 2.45 earned-run average. He collected 50 strikeouts while issuing only 12 walks.
When not on the mound, he was in the outfield.
Hutton also received the Most Outstanding Pitcher award.
He compiled a 7-2 record with two saves and four complete games. Over 55 2/3 innings,
Hutton’s ERA?was 2.39. He whiffed 55 batters.
He played shortstop when he was not on the mound.
Hutton hit .326 with a .437 on-base percentage.
Williams pitched and played first base.
He had a 3-4 record with two saves and two complete games. Three of his losses were in one-run games.
In 49 innings, he had an ERA?of 2.57. He struck out 48.
At the plate, he hit .359 with an on-base percentage of .421. He notched 27 RBIs.
Peterson held down the hot corner at third base, where his fielding percentage was .940.
He hit .359 and had an on-base percentage of .425.
Cooper spelled Williams at first base and also saw time in the outfield.
He had a batting average of .312 and an on-base percentage of .396. He drove in 26 runs.
Hougland received the Mr. Hustle and Most Improved awards at the postseason banquet.
Partway through the season, he earned a starting spot in the outfield. He hit .299 with an on-base percentage of .447.
In 19 frames during 11 appearances on the mound, Keller had a 1.47 ERA. His record was 2-1 with one save.