Boys Varsity Baseball
Columbus North senior Colllin Lollar was honored as MVP of the Bull Dogs' 2016 baseball team at its season-ending gathering Tuesday evening (June 7).
Lollar, a pitcher-outfielder, hit .422 with a team-best nine doubles and shared the team lead with 27 RBIs. He also contributed two doubles and four home runs. On the mound, Lollar posted a 5-2 record with 70 strikeouts and 2.54 earned run average in 41 1/3 innings.
Others cited for special recognition were senior Ben Thompson, junior Cooper Trinkle, senior Brice McDaniel, junior Wade Rankin, sophomore Nicholas Stevens and freshman Konner Stahl.
Thompson, a utility player, was named winner of the Bull Dog Award. He hit .229 with one double and five RBIs.
Stevens was selected JV Bull Dog Award winner, and Stahl was freshman Bull Dog Award winner.
Lollar was honored as the team's most valuable pitcher, while Trinkle was winner of the most valuable offensive player award and McDaniel was named the team’s most valuable defensive player. Trinkle hit .416 with six doubles, two triples, six home runs and 27 RBIs. McDaniel had a .995 fielding percentage with just one error in 207 total chances.
Lollar won the team’s Big Stick Award, while Trinkle captured the Black-and-Blue Award (most hit-by-pitch at-bats) and was the team’s Quality At-Bat Champion (73.2 percent, 71 of 91 at-bats were quality).
Thompson was cited as the team’s most versatile player after playing second base, left field, right field and catcher during the season. Rankin was presented the Web Gem award after numerous good plays at third base.
McDaniel was recognized for being named Academic All-State by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Lollar, McDaniel and Trinkle were cited as team captains.
In other awards, Baum, Lollar and McDaniel were voted all-district by the IHSBCA.
Baum, Lollar and McDaniel also were chosen first-team all-Conference Indiana. In addition, Trinkle and Rankin were selected honorable mention all-conference.
Those recognized with varsity letters were seniors Canaan Baum, Collin Lollar, Brice McDaniel and Ben Thompson; juniors Korry Drum, Logan Jones, Wade Rankin, Cooper Trinkle, Nathan VanDeventer and Nolan Wetherald; sophomores Tyler Finke and Jake Petrusky; and freshmen Parker Maddox, Jakob Meyer and Hayate Takauchi.
JV awards went to juniors Tristen Browning, Jeremias Dela Cruz, Dylan Eggers, Kyle Reardon and Branden Turner; and sophomores Cameron Barrix, Noah Earl, Nash Jackson, Bryce Lollar, Nicholas Stevens and Bryce Yarnell.
Freshmen receiving honors were Jason Abendroth, Brayden Ford, Jacob Liimatta, Patrick McKinley, Daniel Poe, Devon Rodgers, Trey Sams, Konner Stahl and Seth Wilkerson.