Blue Valley Southwest High School pitcher Miller Hogan still cannot quite wrap his head around his postseason success.
He threw an 87-pitch, one-hit shutout in the Kansas Class 5A state quarterfinals, then struck out the side on 13 pitches and earned a save in the state championship game, as BV Southwest held off Topeka Seaman 2-1. It was the first baseball state title for the Timberwolves and it helped Hogan clinch the honor of The Star’s All-Metro baseball player of the year.
“Obviously, you’d like to be able to go out and do that every time, but in your head you don’t expect it to,” Hogan said. “To be able to actually do that was pretty special.”
His performances at the state tournament capped a dominant senior season for Hogan. He posted a 5-0 record and an 0.00 ERA across 44 innings. He allowed just 19 hits and one unearned run with 69 strikeouts and 10 walks. He converted his only save opportunity in the state title game and was selected first-team all-state by the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches.
Offensively, Hogan contributed, too. He batted .333 with 14 RBIs and five runs.
He said the season — and especially the state title — was even more rewarding because he missed his first two starts with scapular deficiency.
“I was skeptical about how this season would go, but went to physical therapy and started working it out,” Hogan said. “I started feeling good in the middle of the season. My velocity picked up and I worked really well with my catcher, Andrew Gillett.”
Hogan will continue his baseball career at St. Louis University.
The Star’s All-Metro baseball team
Miller Hogan, Blue Valley Southwest, senior. Hogan led the Timberwolves to the Kansas Class 5A state championship with a 5-0 record an a 0.00 ERA. He gave up just one unearned run and had 69 strikeouts.
Ethan Frazier, Blue Springs South, senior. The Nebraska signee started eight games, and he finished 8-0 with a 0.65 ERA. He struck out 80 and allowed only 12 hits in 43 innings pitched.
Tyler Garrison, Mill Valley, senior. The Kansas Class 5A catcher of the year batted .516 with eight doubles and 27 RBIs for the Jaguars this season. He will be attending Iowa Western Community College in the fall.
Joey Wentz, Shawnee Mission East, junior. The Sunflower League player of the year batted .434 with six doubles for the Lancers. The Virginia commit also pitched 34 2/3 innings with a 4-1 record and 1.01 ERA.
Tyler Benninghoff, Rockhurst, junior. An Arkansas commit, Benninghoff batted .398 with nine extra-base hits, including two home runs. On the mound, he was 5-1 with a 1.25 ERA in 39 innings pitched.
Luke Ritter, Rockhurst, senior. A Wichita State signee, Ritter batted .473 with 41 runs scored. He delivered 12 extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs, and drove in 18 runs.
Brian Sharp, Liberty North, senior. A versatile defensive player, Sharp batted .343 at the plate with 16 doubles and 26 RBI. On the mound, he compiled seven wins with a 1.57 ERA. He will attend Missouri.
Marquise Doherty, Winnetonka, senior. A Kansas City Royals draft pick last month, Doherty batted .377 with 13 extra-base hits, including three home runs. He spurned the Royals in favor of attending Missouri, where he will play both baseball and football.
Chase Redick, Shawnee Mission North, senior. As a Kansas Class 6A all-state outfielder, Redick batted .558 with nine doubles, three triples and two home runs. He also knocked in 20 RBIs for the Indians.
Jack Duffy, Staley, junior. A top-notch defensive center fielder, Duffy batted .460 with 46 hits, 29 runs and 26 RBI. He stole 16 bases and struck out only four times in 121 plate appearances. He has committed to Missouri State.
Hunter Gudde, Lawrence Free State, junior. As a pitcher and outfielder, Gudde helped the Firebirds capture the Kansas Class 6A state title batting .368 with 22 RBIs and earning a 10-0 record on the mound. He had a .817 ERA with 37 strikeouts.