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Baseball - Seed headlines All-Purchase Team
6/22/2017 12:21 PM

He dominated lineups in the First Region, but what Luke Seed did to some of the best lineups in the state and southeast set him apart as the region's best player.

Seed, a McCracken County junior pitcher, was a unanimous selection to the 2017 All-Purchase Team and used his big year to win the second-ever All-Purchase Player of the Year.

He entered the season as one of the aces for the deep Mustang pitching staff, and as the season progressed, Seed became the clear ace of the team and region.

With McCracken's first-ever perfect game against the potent lineup of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, on April 1, Seed showed he had entered the forefront of the conversation of best pitchers in the state.

If Trinity wasn't aware of his lights-out stuff, then it received a rude awakening in the KHSAA State Tournament first round when Seed threw six innings of scoreless ball against the top-ranked Shamrocks.

Seed completed his junior season with a minuscule ERA of 0.60 to go with his 9-1 record and 0.86 WHIP -- striking out more than 100 batters.

He was the clear choice for the region's Player of the Year award, and he had some company by two other members of his pitching staff to the All-Purchase Team. Senior pitchers Caleb Reinhardt (7-1, 0.88 ERA) and Mason Vinyard (9-2, 1.19 ERA) were also voted onto the team by area coaches.

It was that deep pitching staff for the Mustangs that led to their fourth straight First Region title.

McCracken well represented

In addition to its top three ace pitchers, five more McCracken players were named to this year's team to give it eight selections to the 20-person team.

Seniors Daniel Myatt (.361 average, 37 RBI) and Trent Shelby (.317 average, 31 runs) were integral parts of the first team from the region to win four straight First Region championships since 1952-55.

McCracken later advanced all the way to the KHSAA state semifinals, with its loaded junior class helping the Mustangs in a big way. Three Mustang position players -- catcher James Michael Dodd (.373 average, 19 RBI), third baseman Will Sykes (.290 average, 22 runs) and center fielder Rook Ellington (.464 OBP, 42 runs) were named to the team.

Even with four All-Purchase players having played their last game in a McCracken uniform, the Mustangs will still be looked at as the region favorite and a top state contender next year with an experienced lineup and Seed back to lead the pitching staff.

The region's heavy hitter

In a class of his own among First Region batters this season was Calloway County's Lofton Pigg, who made it to the All-Purchase Team behind a monster junior season at first base.

Pigg was tops in the region with six home runs and 21 extra-base hits, as he batted .438 for the Lakers.

Calloway was the surprise of the region in 2017 and won the Fourth District title, thanks in large part to Pigg's season that led to an All-State nod.

Tilghman showcases its youth

Of the four players from Paducah Tilghman to make the All-Purchase Team, three are sophomores -- showing just how promising the future could be for the Blue Tornado.

Shortstop Eric Riffe (.324 average, 35 runs) and outfielder/pitcher Colbe Crim (.287 average, 2.95 ERA) were both named to the team as starters, with second baseman/pitcher Josh Lang (,333 average, 1.29 ERA) also making it for the first time.

They're joined by teammate Isaac Humphrey, who has been Tilghman's ace pitcher and first baseman in recent years. Humphrey finished his senior season with a 7-2 record and 0.98 ERA and a .348 batting average with 21 RBI.

Humphrey is one of just two senior starters for Tilghman, who will likely remain the top challenger to unseat McCracken atop the First Region throne.

A youth movement

There were just as many sophomores (six) to make the team as juniors, with the sophomore class in the region looking to be a deep one.

In addition to the three aforementioned sophomores from Tilghman, Graves County had a pair in outfielder Drew Cooper and pitcher/outfielder Jordyn Naranjo make the team.

The Eagles won the Third District championship, aided largely by the massive efforts of Cooper (.488 average, 40 runs) and Naranjo (1.90 ERA, 20 RBI).

Another sophomore, Calloway's Tyce Stalls, performed like the ace he is in some high-pressure games this season. He finished his year with eight wins and a 2.46 ERA to make the All-Purchase Team.

Carlisle County junior Michael Thomason was the lone player from the First District to make the team following his season with a .366 average and 30 runs at third base for the Comets.

Senior presences loom large

To no surprise, seniors led the way with eight players selected to this year's team.

St. Mary, Murray and Marshall County all had a senior make the All-Purchase Team to represent their respective squads.

For the Vikings, it was Butler signee John MacCauley. He shined on the mound and in the infield, having a 2.90 ERA as a pitcher and .385 average as a hitter.

Marshall's JC Goins was the ace for his staff and had a solid 3.53 ERA while oftentimes earning the toughest matchups.

Murray was represented by Jared Gray, who posted a 3.10 ERA while also batting at a .329 clip.

Voting

The All-Purchase Team was voted on by coaches throughout the region along with the Sun sports staff. Nine of the region's 14 coaches casted votes.

2017 All-Purchase Team

POY: Luke Seed, McCracken County

C: James Michael Dodd, Jr. (McCracken County) (.373, .432 OBP, 7 R, 19 RBI, 9 XBH)

1B: Lofton Pigg, Jr. (Calloway County) (.438, .540 OBP, .820 SLG, 25 R, 44 RBI, 21 XBH, 6 HR)

2B: Daniel Myatt, Sr. (McCracken County) (.361, .424 OBP, 32 R, 37 RBI, 16 XBH, 3 HR)

3B: Will Sykes, Jr. (McCracken County) (.290, .370 OBP, 22 R, 18 RBI)

SS: Eric Riffe, So. (Paducah Tilghman) (.324, 35 R, 28 RBI, .413 OBP, 10 XBH, 14 SB)

OF: Rook Ellington, Jr. (McCracken County) (.284, .464 OBP, 42 R, 21 RBI, 11 XBH, 13 SB)

OF: Colbe Crim, So. (Paducah Tilghman) (.286, 16 R, 23 RBI, .457 OBP; 5-3, 2.95 ERA, 41 K)

OF: Drew Cooper, So. (Graves County) (.488, .611 OBP, 40 R, 21 RBI, 9 XBH, 13 SB)

P: Luke Seed, Jr. (McCracken County) (9-1, 0.60 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 101 K)

P: Caleb Reinhardt, Sr. (McCracken County) (7-1, 4 SV, 0.88 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 82 K)

P: Jordyn Naranjo, So. (Graves County) (5-2, 1.90 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 67 K; .237, .381 OBP, 20 R, 20 RBI, 11 SB)

P: Tyce Stalls, So. (Calloway County) (8-3, 2.46 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 68 K, 59.2 IP)

P: Isaac Humphrey, Sr. (Paducah Tilghman) (7-2, 0.982 ERA, 0.895 WHIP, 39 K; .348, .436 OBP, 23 R, 21 RBI)

UTILITY: Josh Lang, So. (Paducah Tilghman) (.333, 23 R, 22 RBI, .464 OBP; 5-1, 1.29 ERA, 0.895 WHIP, 27 K)

UTILITY: John MacCauley, Sr. (St. Mary) (2.90 ERA, 41 IP, 70 K; .385, 8 XBH, .569 SLG)

UTILITY: Trent Shelby, Sr. (McCracken County) (.317, .435 OBP, 31 R, 28 RBI, 11 XBH)

UTILITY: Michael Thomason, Jr. (Carlisle County) (.366, .462 OBP, 30 R, 21 RBI, 3 HR, 15 XBH, 14 SB)

UTILITY: JC Goins, Sr. (Marshall County) (5-6, 3.43 ERA, 57 K, 1.56 WHIP)

UTILITY: Mason Vinyard, Sr. (McCracken County) (9-2, 1.19 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 62 K; .284, 9 R, 18 RBI)

UTILITY: Jared Gray, Sr. (Murray) (5-4, 3.10 ERA, 48 K, 1.40 WHIP; .329, .422 OBP, 9 R, 30 RBI, 3 HR)

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