2013-06-26 / Sports

Owen Valley Boasts Five Patriots On H-T’s All-Area Baseball Squad

Staff Report

Nolan King Nolan King Head coach Brian Greene’s 2013 Owen Valley varsity baseball team didn’t conclude the regular or post-seasons the way it would have liked, but five Patriots were recently named to the Bloomington Herald-Times’ All-Area Baseball Team.

OV junior Nolan King took the All-Area First Team spot at second base, but also spent time on the pitcher’s mound and at shortstop.

King boasted a team-leading batting average of .413 with one home run, 16 runs batted in (RBI), eight doubles and eight steals. He tallied 26 hits on the year in 63 at-bats. King had a .500 on-base percentage and a .619 slugging percentage.

On the mound, King allowed 40 runs, 19 of which were earned on 53 hits, 29 walks and struck out 26 in 39 innings of work. He finished with a 2-4 record with one save.

Earning All-Second Team honors was fellow junior Casey Roberts, who rotated time between third base, second base and pitching. Roberts turned in an average of .409 at the plate with two home runs, 15 RBI and seven doubles. He tallied 27 hits and scored 16 runs on 66 at-bats. Roberts had a .453 on-base percentage and a .606 slugging percentage.

Nathen Swafford Nathen Swafford On the pitcher’s mound, Roberts went 2-5 with two saves. He allowed 37 runs, 27 of which were earned on 35 hits and 34 walks, while striking out 37 in 35 innings of work.

Three Patriots earned Honorable Mention for their play during the 2013 season – seniors Nathen Swafford and Ronnie Schwartz, along with freshman Chase Roberts.

Swafford turned in a quality season in center field and at the plate as the Manchester College signee finished with a .284 batting average, a .372 on-base percentage and .418 slugging percentage. He had 19 hits, six doubles and one home run and scored 11 runs in 67 at-bats, while driving in 12 runs and stealing seven bases.

Casey Roberts Casey Roberts Schwartz came back shortly after the season started to man his infield position at second base for the final 14 games. He tallied 14 hits in 55 at-bats, with 22 runs scored and six batted in. Schwartz also tallied two home runs and stole six bases.

Roberts filled a much-needed role behind the plate for coach Greene, where he caught 12 runners attempting to steal. At the plate, Roberts compiled 17 hits and scored 11 runs in 56 plate appearances with six doubles.

Ronnie Schwartz Ronnie Schwartz

Chase Roberts Chase Roberts

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