Darren Burroughs was named the Jayhawk East Coach of the Year in his first full season as head coach of the No. 5-ranked Cowley College baseball team.
Freshman pitcher J’Briell Easley was voted the Jayhawk East Pitcher of the Year.
Burroughs, who was an assistant coach for 30 years prior to taking over as head coach of the Tigers, guided Cowley to a 47-10 record and fifth place at the Juco World Series. The Tigers captured the Jayhawk East title and Region VI championship.
“I am humbled and very honored to receive this honor,” Burroughs said. “Our coaching staff (Brock Buckingham, Dax Leone and Butch Rea) is pretty special and I could not do it without them.”
Easley was won of five Tigers named to the All-Conference first team. The right-hander posted a 9-0 record and a 3.81 ERA during the regular season. He struck out 67 in 52 innings and tossed a no-hitter April 8 against Coffeyville.
“J’Briell had really consistent starts against most everyone in the conference,” Burroughs said. “His numbers are really good and the no-hitter he tossed doesn’t hurt either.”
Joining Easley on the list of first-team selections were catcher Gus Freeman (.403 average, 41 RBI), designated hitter Blake Robertson (.358 average, 61 RBI), outfielder Bryce Madron (.401 average, 55 RBI) and outfielder Janson Reeder (.410 average, 12 home runs, 76 RBI).
Shortstop David Herring (.351 average, 10 HR, 66 RBI), starting pitcher Grant Adler (7-0, 2.78 ERA) and relief pitcher Isaac Stebens (2-0, five saves, 0.78 ERA) were named second-team all-conference.
Michelle Artzberger (.390 average, 64 RBI) rounded out the all-conference selections as an honorable mention first baseman.
“Congratulations to our guys that were named all-conference, they are well deserved,” Burroughs said. “They played hard and worked hard for these honors.”
Neosho County sophomore outfielder Andrew Brautman, a former Arkansas City High School standout, also earned honorable mention. He was third on the Panthers with a .374 average and second on the squad with 14 home runs, driving in 60.
Allen third baseman/relief pitcher Levi Bennett was voted the Jayhawk East Freshman of the Year and conference Most Valuable Player. Bennett batted .393 with 37 RBI, while also going 5-1 with seven saves and a 2.45 ERA.
Most Valuable Player — Levi Bennett, Allen.
Pitcher of the Year — J’Briell Easley, Cowley.
Freshman of the Year — Levi Bennett, Allen.
Coach of the Year — Darren Burroughs, Cowley.
SP — Chat HayesFrCoffeyville
SP — J’Briell EasleyFrCowley
SP — Max ChapmanFrJohnson County
RP — Levi BennettFrAllen
RP — CC CrainSoJohnson County
C — Gus FreemanFrCowley
1B — Trey McClellandSoCoffeyville
2B — Carter DobrinskiSoFort Scott
3B — Levi BennettFrAllen
SS — Dylan Choy-FooSoFort Scott
OF — Alec RobertsSoAllen
OF — Bryce MadronFrCowley
OF — Janson ReederFrCowley
DH — Nick IannantoneSoJohnsonCounty
DH — Blake RobertsonFrCowley
SP — Grant AdlerFrCowley
SP — Logan BarnardFrKansas City
RP — Isaac StebensFrCowley
RP — Austin NealFrFort Scott
C — Lukas RichSoAllen
1B — Mason LundgrinFrNeosho County
2B — Cole SlibowskiFrKansas City
3B — Wyatt MorganSoJohnsonCounty
SS — David HerringFrCowley
3B — Palmer HutchisonFrKansas City
OF — Jayden KayFrCoffeyville
OF — Jake SkaggsFrFort Scott
OF — Jake GraubergerSoJohnson County
DH — Jhors GomezSoHighland
SP — Joan Gonzalez (So), Highland; Matt Ronnebaum (So), Johnson County; Jay Long (So), Johnson County; Taylor Parrett (Fr), Neosho County.
RP — Chase Terrell (Fr), Kansas City; Bryson Van Sickle (Fr), Labette.
1B — Michelle Artzberger (Fr), Cowley.
2B — Jonah Weisner (So), Allen.
3B — Luis Mendoza (So), Coffeyville.
SS — Joshua Prinner (So), Allen; Brady Daegan (So), Neosho County.
C — Travler Moore (So), Fort Scott; Gustavo Nava (So), Highland; Ivan Witt (Fr), Neosho County.
OF — Quinton Hall (So), Johnson County; Jackson Galloway (So), Johnson County; Ray Paniagua (Fr), Kansas City; Caleb Adams (Fr), Kansas City; Andrew Brautman (So), Neosho County; Khalil Thrasher (So), Neosho County.