A pair of Ohio County High baseball players were voted last week to the All-Third Region team, in a poll of members of the Third Region Baseball Coaches’ Association. Shortstop Tyler Tichenor and centerfielder Cody Murphy added the TRBCA All-Region honor to their previous All-Area team selection.
Tichenor, a preseason signee with Trevecca Nazarene University, led Ohio County with a .518 batting average, with 57 hits — including ten doubles and three triples — scoring 47
times and batting in 19. He reached base 28 times other ways (21 walks, three hit-by-pitches, and four times on opponent errors), compiling a .587 on-base percentage and a .664 slugging percentage. He also set a school record in stolen bases with 52 in 55 attempts and had a good .937 fielding percentage, handling 149 of 159 chances and being a part of a dozen double plays. In 30.1 innings on the mound for Coach Vic Evans’ team, he recorded a 2.77 earned run average, striking out 24 and walking 13, finishing with a 3-1 mound record.
Murphy, who has signed a football scholarship offer with Lindsey Wilson College, batted .433 for Evans’ Eagles, compiling 42 hits — including 10 doubles, four triples, and two home runs — while scoring 31 runs and driving in 40 more. He also drew 28 bases on balls, was hit by pitches four times, and reached base on opponent errors three times, for a .565 on-base percentage and a .680 slugging percentage. He also stole 29 bases in 32 tries and had a .983 fielding percentage with one error in 59 chances. He also pitched 6.1 innings for OCHS, striking out 13 opposing hitters while walking eight, posting a 0.00 ERA.
Apollo catcher Dalton West added the TRBCA “Regional Player of the Year” trophy to POY award in the all-area balloting. Joining Tichenor, Murphy, and West on the coaches’ All-Region Team were Brandon Hamilton and Matthew Johnson of Apollo, Alex Peveler and Brody Stobaugh of Muhlenberg County, Owensboro Catholic’s Alec Bahnick, Owensboro’s Darian Dull, Hancock County’s Chance Hamilton, Grayson County’s Joey Henry, Daviess County’s Walker Owens, and Meade County’s Bo Wilson.
Muhlenberg County’s Ken Carver was voted the region’s “Coach of the Year” by his peers, while Daviess County’s Adam Saalwaecher drew recognition as the region’s “Assistant Coach of the Year.”