As good as his Northeastern Jets were this season — they won their first league title in 30 seasons — it would take something special for Chad Fyffe to consider coaching another team.
The All-Clark County baseball team might be as close as it gets. Then again, Fyffe — voted the Clark County coach of the year by his county peers — is pretty happy with the season the Jets turned in.
“This year was a lot of firsts for us,” said Fyffe, whose Jets led the all-county list with three first-team selections. “These guys, it was a total team effort. I knew we had the talent but it was just a matter of getting these guys to believe in themselves. It was a fun season.”
Northeastern senior pitcher Cameron Hand (6-2, 1.75 ERA), senior infielder Nick Wiseman (.357 average, 42 RBIs) and junior outfielder Mitchell McCorkle (.494 average, 41 runs) were all selected to the first team by a vote of Clark County baseball coaches. They were key contributors to a team that won the Ohio Heritage Conference, the program’s first league title since 1984.
“(Seniors Hand and Wiseman are) not real outspoken guys, but they’re the heart and soul of this team,” Fyffe said. “I’m glad to see them go out on top with a championship. Hopefully it’s not that long for the next one.”
Kenton Ridge junior infielder/pitcher Mitchell Schneider (.375, 24 RBIs; 4-1, 2.32 ERA) was named Clark County’s Player of the Year after harassing opposing pitchers at the plate, using his off-speed arsenal to baffle batters and discouraging those same hitters with his defense at second base/shortstop.
Schneider was joined on the first-team by sophomore teammate Nathan Andorfer (.325, 18 RBIs), who quickly adapted to playing first base this season. He also hit one of the longest home run KR coach Aaron Shaffer has seen at this level.
The Tecumseh Arrows and Shawnee Braves both placed a pair of players on the first team.
Tecumseh senior outfielder Bubba Cantrell (.419, 28 RBIs) and senior at-large selection Jake Nicewaner (.247, 17 RBIs; 2-4, 1.67 ERA) represented the Arrows.
Shawnee Senior catcher Joey Chapman (.402, 28 RBIs) and sophomore infielder Seth Gray (.442, 33 runs) were honored for the Braves.
Northwestern senior infielder Hunter Houseman (.467, 25 RBIs) and Springfield sophomore outfielder Ryan Prendergast (.396, 17 runs) were also selected by the coaches.
“There’s a lot of talented ball players in this area. It’s really tough,” Fyffe said of the selection process. “I think the coaches do a good job of keeping up with the area players and whose doing well.”