Boys Varsity Baseball
Columbus North junior Austin Bode has been named to the second team of the Rawlings/Perfect Game 2020 Underclass Preseason All-America teams.
Bode led the Bull Dogs with a .417 batting average last season. He also produced eight doubles, one triple, three home runs and 35 RBIs as the team finished 22-8. Bode has committed to University of Louisville.
Other Indiana players on the Perfect Game All-America lists include Edgewood pitcher Luke Hayden (Indiana) on the first team as well as West Vigo pitcher Brennyn Abendroth, Lake Central pitcher Carter Doom (Purdue), Brebeuf Jesuit pitcher Andrew Dutkanych (Vanderbilt), Southridge shortstop Colson Montgomery (Indiana) and Linton-Stockton shortstop Josh Pyne (Indiana) on the third team.
In addition, 22 players from Indiana were selected to the honorable mention list. They included Jeffersonville pitcher Chate Amick, New Albany shortstop Tucker Biven (Louisville), Fort Wayne Snider outfielder Auston Brewer, Center Grove shortstop Tyler Cerny (Indiana), Franklin outfield Maxwell Clark (Vanderbilt), Hanover Central outfielder Jared Comia (Illinois), Valparaiso pitcher Grant Comstock (Northwestern), Western pitcher Parker Dean (Purdue), Southridge pitcher Camden Gasser (Michigan), Northridge pitcher Carter Gilbert (Kentucky), Valparaiso shortstop Ty Gill (Purdue), Floyd Central shortstop Evan Goforth (Indiana), Silver Creek pitcher Holden Groher, Lebanon pitcher Garrett Harker (Cincinnati), Lawrence North pitcher Enas Hayden, Cathedral outfielder Camden Jordan (Louisville), Homestead outfielder Carter Mathison (Indiana), Zionsville catcher David Novak (Miami, Ohio), Carmel outfielder J.D. Rogers (Vanderbilt), Lake Central catcher Matthew Santana (Tennessee), Seeger pitcher Khal Stephen (Purdue) and Heritage Christian pitcher Andrew Wiggins.
The Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason All American 1st, 2nd and 3rd team recognizes 300 players from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Each team consists of 100 players who are currently juniors, sophomores, or freshmen in high school. There is also a high honorable mention list.
“With more than 450,000 high school baseball players in the nation, the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American players represent the very best in their class,” said Mike Thompson, chief marketing officer for St. Louis-based Rawlings. “Rawlings and Perfect Game are synonymous with the game of baseball, and the preseason awards allow us to recognize and reward these elite athletes for their hard work and contribution to the game.”
Perfect Game, based in Iowa, is considered to be the elite amateur baseball scouting organization in existence, producing hundreds of tournaments and showcases each year across the country. Perfect Game is dedicated to giving amateur players exposure to take their game to the next level, whether that be in college or in the professional ranks. At Perfect Game events, players are performing with top-level competition in front of college recruiters and professional scouts from all over the country. Because of this, these events prove to be invaluable to the college coaches as well as Major League Baseball as they can scout a large population of talented ballplayers in one location. To date, 1,369 players that have played in a Perfect Game event have also played in Major League Baseball. Since 2003, 12,627 Perfect Game alumni have been selected in the MLB First-Year Amateur Player Draft.
“To receive the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American or All-Region Award is a tremendous achievement for these high school student-athletes,” Perfect Game president Jerry Ford said. “We are proud to recognize their talent as they prepare for their careers playing collegiate or professional baseball.”
PHOTO: Columbus North junior Austin Bode hit .417 with eight doubles, one triple, three home runs and 35 RBIs as a sophomore.