Boys Varsity Baseball
Columbus North senior Tyler Finke was honored as MVP of the Bull Dogs' 2018 baseball team at its season-ending gathering Tuesday evening (June 12).
Finke, a shortstop who also was named the team’s most valuable offensive player, hit.380 with two doubles, two triples, 32 runs, 13 RBIs and a school-record 43 stolen bases for a Bull Dogs’ squad that went 18-10. For his career, Finke finished with a school record 109 stolen bases, second on school charts for hits (127), walks (50) and runs (108) as well as fourth on the school career list for batting average (.403).
Finke’s season steals mark broke the previous record of 38 that he had set as a junior, and his runs were the sixth most by a CN player in a season. Finke’s career steals figure puts him in 10th place all-time in Indiana high school baseball records.
Others cited for special recognition were senior Nicholas Stevens, sophomore Casper Clark, freshman Austin Bode and senior Jake Petrusky.
Stevens was named winner of the Bull Dog Award. He had a .200 on-base percentage and scored one run in a backup role.
Clark was honored as the team's most valuable pitcher, while Bode was winner of the Big Stick Award, the most valuable defensive award, the Black and Blue Award and was the team’s Quality At-Bat Champion. Petrusky was honored as the team’s most versatile player for the second consecutive season.
Clark posted a 6-1 record with 46 strikeouts, 11 walks and a 1.49 earned-run average in 47 innings en route to the pitching award. Clark’s walk total put him second on the CN list for fewest walks to Micah Buss, who allowed just 11 walks in 61 2/3 innings in 2007.
Bode hit a team-best .411 with 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 28 runs and 23 RBIs to capture the Big Stick Award. Defensively, he posted a .989 fielding percentage with just two errors in 187 chances. As a batter, Bode was hit by pitch 10 times for the Black and Blue Award, and he had quality at-bats 75 percent of his plate appearances (72 of 96). Bode’s 10 doubles for tied for seventh most in a CN season.
Petrusky was cited as the team’s most versatile player serving as a pitcher, a second baseman, a designated hitter and a pinch runner. Petrusky was 5-2 as a pitcher, striking out 21 with a 2.39 ERA in 38 innings. He hit .229 with one double, nine runs and seven RBIs.
Finke, Petrusky and sophomore Grant Trinkle were cited as team captains.
In other awards, Finke and Petrusky were voted all-district by the IHSBCA. In addition, Finke, Bode, sophomore Casper Clark and junior Parker Maddox were chosen first-team all-Conference Indiana. Maddox was 3-2 as a pitcher with 49 strikeouts and a 2.39 ERA in 41 innings. At the plate, Maddox hit .242 with one double, one home run, eight runs and 14 RBIs.
Those recognized with varsity letters were seniors Tyler Finke, Bryce Lollar, Jake Petrusky and Nicholas Stevens; juniors Parker Maddox, Jakob Meyer and Devon Rodgers; sophomores Adam Chapman, Casper Clark, Homare Takauchi and Grant Trinkle; and freshmen Austin Bode, Reese Harmon, Blake Huffman, Hayden McDaniel and Kyler McIntosh.
JV awards went to junior Konner Stahl; sophomores Oliver Fischer and Pedro Munoz; and freshmen Jacob Bailey, Gage Bayne, Kyle Carlson, Caden Carpenter, Matthew Pearson, Aaron Rork, Blake Stevens and Tyler Stevens.