The 2013 high school baseball season was a pretty good one for Southwestern senior Logan Starnes.
Here’s a look at Starnes 2013 season in a nutshell: signed a scholarship to play baseball at Eastern Kentucky University, was voted the 12th Region Player of the Year, and named to the First-Team All-State baseball team by the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association.
After Starnes helped lead his team to their first 12th Region Championship game appearance since 2004, the former Warrior standout can now add another award to his list of accomplishments, as he has been chosen as the 2013 Clear Channel Radio/Commonwealth Journal All-County Baseball Player of the Year.
There are a lot of fresh faces on this year’s all-county team, as six players are making their first-ever appearance on the team, while three return from the squad from a season ago. There are four Southwestern players, a trio of Somerset players, and a pair of Pulaski County players on this year’s team.
This is Starnes’ third selection to the all-county squad, as he made the team in 2011 and 2012. The senior played his best when it counted most, as his performance in the postseason got the Warriors to within one game from the Forcht Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament.
At the plate, Starnes had a club-high 48 hits, including 16 doubles and three home runs. The versatile player had 35 RBI’s and a batting average of .457. On the mound, Starnes went 9-2 on the year, a season that saw him strike out 85 batters in 64 innings and have an earned run average (ERA) of 1.75.
Three Warriors join Starnes on the all-county team for the first time in their high school baseball careers - Trevor Howard, Trevor Stacey, and Jacob Burchett.
Howard had 46 hits during his freshman campaign, including 13 doubles, a lone triple, and trio of home runs. The Warrior freshman, who had a batting average of .404, had 39 RBI’s. On the hill, Howard went 3-2 and had two saves, while finishing with 25 strikeouts in 40.7 innings for an ERA of 1.38.
Stacey, a junior second baseman, finished the year out with a batting average of .383. The junior, who had 23 RBI’s, had 44 hits for Southwestern, including five doubles and one triple.
Burchett gave up zero earned runs in 19.7 innings of work this season, which included 32 strikeouts. The sophomore went 1-0 and had eight saves. At the dish, Burchett had 41 hits (six doubles, one triple, and one home run), 22 RBI’s, and a batting average of .320.
Somerset, who finished as 47th District champions once again, had three players make the all-county team - Charlie Dishman, Jacob Pelston, and Logan Ramsey.
Dishman, who is on the team for the second year in a row, went 2-3 pitching for the Briar Jumpers. In 36 innings, the Somerset junior struck out 55 batters and had an ERA of 3.11. At the plate, Dishman had 52 hits (20 doubles, a triple, and six home runs), 43 RBI’s, and an average of .505.
Pelston, despite battling shoulder issues all-season, finished with 50 hits in 2013, which included 15 doubles, a triple, and a home run. The Briar Jumper third baseman had an average of .404 and 20 RBI’s.
Ramsey, only a freshman, came up big for Somerset late in the year, as he had 19 hits in 57 plate appearances. The freshman, who had two doubles and seven home runs, had an average of .333 and 23 RBI’s.
Two Pulaski County Maroons round out the all-county for 2013 - Jacob Denney and Aaron Smith. Denney is one of three players returning to the all-county squad.
Denney, who also battled an injury to his shoulder all of 2013, had 39 hits, including seven doubles. The Maroon junior had an average of .398 and had 12 RBI’s.
Smith, who had 75 strikeouts pitching-wise, went 5-6 for the Maroons with an ERA of 2.54 in 63.3 innings of work. At the plate, the Pulaski County junior had 34 hits (seven doubles, three triples, and two home runs), 36 RBI’s, and an average of .324.