Easley top pitcher; Burroughs voted Coach of the Year

Cowley College freshman right-hander J’Briell Easley earned Pitcher of the Year honors in voting by Jayhawk East baseball coaches. Darren Burroughs was named Coach of the Year in his first season as skipper of the Tigers.

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.

 

Jayhawk East

All-Conference Baseball

 

Most Valuable Player — Levi Bennett, Allen.

Pitcher of the YearJ’Briell Easley, Cowley.

Freshman of the Year — Levi Bennett, Allen.

Coach of the YearDarren Burroughs, Cowley.

 

FIRST TEAM

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

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SECOND TEAM

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

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HONORABLE MENTION

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.

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