It was another big year for East Kansas League baseball, with Blue Valley bringing home the Kansas Class 6A state championship, St. Thomas Aquinas taking second in Class 5A and Blue Valley Northwest finishing third in Class 6A.
Fittingly, those three schools dominated the first-team selections on the All-EKL Baseball Team. Blue Valley and Aquinas placed three each on the first team, while BV Northwest led all schools with four selections.
All-EKL First team
Pitchers: Jackson Blancarte, Mill Valley, senior; Tanner Howe, Blue Valley Southwest, senior; Max Abramovich, Blue Valley Northwest, junior; Patryk Hernandez, Blue Valley, sophomore; Johnny Sprinkle, Blue Valley Northwest, senior.
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Infielders: Daniel Hegarty, Blue Valley, senior; Carter Putz, Bishop Miege, junior; Nathan Mark, St. Thomas Aquinas, senior; Brady Garrison, Mill Valley, senior; Brett Ingram, Blue Valley senior.
Catcher: Connor Ellefson, Blue Valley Northwest, senior.
Outfielders: Cooper Ashen, Blue Valley West, senior; Luke Sosaya, Mill Valley, senior; Will Swanson, St. Thomas Aquinas, junior; Will Morris, Mill Valley, junior.
Utility: Bayler Hinz, St. Thomas Aquinas, senior.
Designated hitter: Josh Fiene, Blue Valley Northwest, junior.
Pitchers: Jack Brimacombe, Blue Valley North, junior; Tanner Bramlage, St, James Academy, senior; Joe Bryant, St. Thomas Aquinas, sophomore; Dawson Cantwell, Mill Valley, senior; Patrick McClure, Blue Valley Southwest, senior.
Infielders: Chris Esposito, Blue Valley Southwest, senior; Max Pulley, Blue Valley North, senior; Derek Ripp, St. James Academy, senior; Brendan Ryan, St. Thomas Aquinas, junior; Drew Perez, Bishop Miege, junior.
Catcher: Reid Briney, Blue Valley Southwest, senior.
Utility: Davis Ernsdorff, St. James Academy, senior.
Designated hitter: Lucas Rich, Blue Valley Southwest, junior.
Mill Valley: Baylen Kelley, senior; Hunter Paxton, senior; Quinton Hall, sophomore; Ethan Judd, sophomore.
Blue Valley North: Michael Picollo, junior.
St. James Academy: Nick Modrcin, Zac Storm.
Gardner Edgerton: Tyler Henry, junior; Jonas Pippett, senior; Daryn Johnson, freshman; Reid Frase, junior; Nick Michael, senior; Tim Wood, senior; Chris Davidson, senior.
Blue Valley: Drew Howard, Michael Lane, Jamie Mitchell, Nathan Huber, Logan Pittman.
Blue Valley West: Brandan Shaw, Zach Lucitefeld, Carson Lujin, Matthew Ronnebaum, Mike Mylin.
Bishop Miege: Adam White, junior; Ethan Axman, junior; Connor Dumit, junior; Paul Wendling, junior.
St. Thomas Aquinas: Joe Rost, sophomore; Mike Strong, junior; Drew Hicks, junior; Jared Flood, junior; Sam Perkins, senior; Grant Cowley, senior; Cam McMillan, junior.
Blue Valley Northwest: Mitchell Bloss, senior; Ryan Callahan, freshman; Will Dennis, junior; Scott Duensing, junior; Drake Marker, senior; Jacob Sula, senior.