The Brock Eagles continued their journey as a Class 3A perennial contender in 2019.
Toward the end of the team's campaign, Brock accomplished a feat no other team in Class 3A competition achieved in 2019, beating eventual state champion Wall in a game.
After falling 3-2 to the Hawks in game one of the teams’ regional final series, the Eagles evened the field with a 6-4 victory in game two the next day.
Brock eventually fell in the teams’ final matchup, however by forcing a game three, the Eagles succeeded in playing spoiler, denying the Hawks a chance at a perfect season.
The Eagles’ deep postseason run was rewarded with 11 selections in District 7-3A awards, including two superlative honors, four first-team selections, three second-team selections and two honorable mentions.
Junior Caleb Satterfield and sophomore Jaxson Gleaton led the way, with the former being named the district’s Co-Utility Player of the Year and the latter taking home Newcomer of the Year.
Satterfield, who finished with an ERA of 1.11, 54 strikeouts (in 56 innings pitched) and an 8-0 record on the mound, displayed the clutch gene throughout the 2019 season, Brock Head Baseball Coach Hart Hering said.
“Caleb did a great job all year long of coming through in the clutch when the team needed it the most,” Hering said.
“He stepped his game up and delivered.”
Hering also praised Gleaton for making the most of his first opportunity to play varsity ball.
“Jaxon Gleaton performed at a high level as a first-year varsity player,” Hering said.
“We had to throw him in the fire this year due to some injuries and he really held his own.”
First-team selections for the Eagles included senior Cooper Nelson (first-team pitcher), senior Cooper Allen (first-team infielder), sophomore Tyler Riddle (first-team catcher) and senior Jase Lopez (first-team designated hitter).
Nelson owned an ERA of 1.16 and collected 54 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched, all while enjoying a 9-3 record on the mound (in addition to batting .375 for 33 hits).
“Nelson had a special year for us on the mound,” Hering said.
“He pitched against the best teams on our schedule and on the biggest stages of the postseason and was as good as gold each time.
“He is a young man that competes his tail off and you can always count on to give his team a chance to win.”
Allen provided great consistency both with his glove at third base as well as with his bat, Hering said.
“He did a great job playing the hot corner and was extremely consistent at the plate,” Hering said.
“He found a way on the bag a lot for us at the top of the order.”
Riddle batted 3.17, putting up 32 hits and 35 RBIs, all while providing consistency behind home plate, Hering said.
“Tyler is a huge reason for our team’s success this season,” Hering said.
“He caught every game this season and was a run producer at the plate. He has a very bright future ahead of him.”
Lopez, despite battling injury trouble in 2019, nevertheless provided the Eagles with big at bats (.358 batting average to go along with 23 RBIs and 26 runs scored), Brock’s head baseball coach said.
“Jase battled through a tough injury this year, and [still] was a mainstay in the middle of the order,” Hering said.
Second-team all-district selections for the Eagles included sophomore Carson Lightfoot (second-team pitcher), senior Tripp Jones (second-team infielder) and senior Parker Bounds (second-team outfielder).
Lightfoot owned an ERA of 1.26, racking up 69 strikeouts (50 innings pitched) while owning a 9-1 record on the mound.
Hering said Lightfoot not only came up big in a number of high-stakes games in 2019, but has a chance to take the next step in 2020.
“Carson was big for us on the mound this year,” Hering said.
“Look for him to have even more of a breakout year next season.”
Jones made great use of his athleticism on both sides of the ball, Hering said.
“Tripp had a solid year at second base for us, and really showed his athleticism at the plate,” Hering said.
“He was one of our hottest hitters down the stretch.”
Bounds was not only a force on the defensive end, but an excellent teammate, Hering said.
“Parker played amazing defense and threw a handful of runners out from the outfield,” Hering said.
“He has gotten better each and every year. He is one of the best teammates and has a great work ethic.”
Freshman Peyton Shaffer and sophomore Quinton Boedeker each took home all-district honorable mentions.
Both of the abovementioned underclassmen brought unique strengths to the table for the Eagles, Hering said.
“Peyton came through for his team on so many occasions and that’s really special for a freshman,” Hering said.
“He will be a big part of the Eagles’ success for years to come.
“Quinton gained valuable experience as a sophomore on the varsity level. He is a weapon with the bunt game and on the base paths.”