Two Husky players make baseball all-conference team

Nathan Ham

June 8, 2014

Pitcher Joseph Lowder and catcher Bradley Richie were named to the Mountain Valley All-Conference team.

Lowder was the team’s ace this season going 5-0 on the mound with a 1.19 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 30 walks. The sophomore also hit .288 at the plate and drove in eight runs.

Richie was second on the team with a batting average of .329 and tied for the team lead with nine RBI’s.

Ashe also had two players receive honorable mention recognition with Hunter Barnes and Joe Richardson earning that recognition.

Richardson led Ashe this season with a .338 batting average and was second on the team with 13 runs scored. Barnes hit .263 and scored 12 runs while knocking in nine more.

Wilkes Central swept the top two season-ending awards.

Austin Staley, who signed to pitch at N.C. State next season, was named MVAC Player of the Year while his head coach Terry Johnson was named MVAC Coach of the Year.

MVAC All-Conference:

Will Altemueller (Elkin)

Josh Bare (North Wilkes)

John Bauguess (West Wilkes)

Daniel Brinegar (Elkin)

Ben Church (Wilkes Central)

Logan Church (West Wilkes)

Johnathan Cook (Wilkes Central)

Sawyer Davis (Starmount)

Austin Easter (Alleghany)

Brandon Eubanks (Alleghany)

D. Hague (Wilkes Central)

Jake Hampton (Alleghany)

LJ Hendren (North Wilkes)

Joseph Lowder (Ashe)

Levi Ray (East Wilkes)

Bradley Richie (Ashe)

Drew Shinkle (Elkin)

Luke Shore (Starmount)

Austin Staley (Wilkes Central)

Jeremiah Triplett (West Wilkes)

Honorable Mention:

Hunter Barnes (Ashe)

Nick Bumgarner (North Wilkes)

Ben Combs (Starmount)

Zach Crabb (East Wilkes)

Tanner Edwards (Elkin)

Seth Haynes (Elkin)

Matt Hendrix (Alleghany)

Josh McIntyre (Wilkes Central)

Matt McMillian (Alleghany)

Austin Owens (North Wilkes)

Zach Staley (West Wilkes)

Cole Susi (Wilkes Central)

Joe Richardson (Ashe)

Zach West (East Wilkes)

Cody Whitaker (Starmount)

Jacob Wood (West Wilkes)

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