Avon Park’s Trent Lewis and Cory Leech played vital roles in helping the Red Devils win the Class 5A-District 10 championship and qualifying for the postseason for the second consecutive year.

Lewis is a versatile junior who batted .343, with five home runs, 16 RBI and scored 21 runs heading into the district tournament. Lewis played second base, shortstop and pitched to help Avon Park finish first in the district in the regular season as well. On the mound, he posted a record of 6-2 with an ERA of 1.02.

Leech, a senior who has signed to play baseball at Eastern Florida State College in the fall, batted .270 with 12 RBIs, scored 26 runs and displayed excellent speed with 14 stolen bases heading into the district tournament. When he wasn’t playing shortstop, he went 4-0 as a pitcher with a miniscule 0.48 ERA.

“Cory and Trent are hard workers and great young men,” said Avon Park baseball coach Whit Cornell. “Cory is an offensive catalyst and he’s been outstanding on the mound for us. Trent has some power and has driven in a lot of important runs for us. They both lead by example and are team leaders.”

For their ability and accomplishments, Lewis and Leech have been selected as the Highlands News-Sun 2019 All-Highlands Baseball Co-Players of the Year.

“It means a lot to win this award,” Lewis said. “It’s something special to share it with Cory.”

“It’s an honor to win this award,” said Leech. “All the hard work paid off and I’m glad to share it with Trent because he’s a great teammate and ballplayer.”

The Team

Katwan Ward, junior, Lake Placid — Ward batted .333 and helped the Green Dragons win the Class 5A-District 12 championship and qualify for the state playoffs.

Charles Petty, senior, Sebring - Petty was a versatile and consistent performer and batted .259 to help the Blue Streaks reach the Class 6A playoffs.

Dayvon Terry, senior, Avon Park — Terry went 4-0 on the mound and was solid at the plate with some pop in his bat to help the Red Devils win the district championship and qualify for the Class 5A state playoffs.

Briar Napier, junior, Lake Placid — Napier batted .422 and contributed in the field and on the mound to help the Green Dragons win the district title and qualify for the Class 5A state playoffs.

Sam Lieske, junior, Sebring — Lieske had a solid season and batted .241 to help the Blue Streaks qualify for the Class 6A state playoffs.

Andrew McGuckin, senior, Avon Park — McGuckin’s bat and versatility helped the Red Devils win the district title and qualify for the postseason.

Cody Jolley, senior, Lake Placid — Jolley batted .242 and played a key role in the Green Dragons winning the district title.

Drew Morris, junior, Sebring — Morris played well and batted .266 to help the Blue Streaks succeed on the diamond.

Hunter Vanderpool, junior, Avon Park — Vanderpool made solid contributions in the field and at the plate to help the Red Devils succeed.

JJ Huergo, senior, Lake Placid — Huergo batted .228 and was a solid contributor to the Green Dragons success on the diamond.

Carson Angell, senior, Sebring — Angell had a solid season for the Blue Streaks

Joe Jacobson, senior, Avon Park — Jacobson had a solid season for the Red Devils.

Patrick Healey, junior, Lake Placid — Healey batted .203 and had a solid season for the Green Dragons.

Cody Carpenter, junior, Sebring — Carpenter was a versatile performer for the Blue Streaks.

Luis Perez, senior, Avon Park — Perez contributed at the plate and on the mound to help the Red Devils qualify for the postseason.

Jorge Martinez, senior, Lake Placid — Martinez batted .317 and played a vital role in helping the Green Dragons win the district title.

Joey Warner, sophomore, Sebring — Warner batted .244 and had a solid season for the Blue Streaks.

Mason Huertas, senior, Avon Park — Huertas had a solid season for the Red Devils.

Kenny Palmerton, junior, Sebring — Palmerton batted .263 and was a consistent performer for the Blue Streaks.

Blayne Huter, senior, Sebring — Huter contributed on the mound and at the plate for the Blue Streaks.

Zach Doorlag, freshman, Sebring — Doorlag made solid contributions to the Blue Streaks this season.

Luke Mendez, sophomore, Sebring — Mendez batted .318 and had a solid season for the Blue Streaks.

Kamiran Taylor, junior, Sebring — Taylor batted .419 and played well for the Blue Streaks

Drew Smith, senior, Sebring — Smith contributed to the Blue Streaks success this season in many ways.

Trey Bender, sophomore, Sebring — Bender bated .385 and had a solid season for the Blue Streaks.

Desmond Gaines, junior, Sebring — Gaines contributed to the Blue Streaks success this season.

Coaches Of The Year

For guiding their team to the state playoffs, Avon Park’s Whit Cornell, Lake Placid’s Harry Tewksbury and Sebring’s Jasone DeWitt have been selected as the Highlands News-Sun 2019 All-Highlands Baseball Coach of the Year.

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