The Lakota West baseball team has seen a historical season in 2017 with a current record of 25-5, winning the GMC, finishing third in the final Enquirer poll, and seventh in the final state poll. With the state finals on the horizon, the individual accolades are starting to pile up. This past weekend, it was announced the Firebirds had three players make the All-Ohio team voted on by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association (OHSBCA). In the school’s 20 years of existence, the Firebirds have seen 20 players make All-Ohio plus the three 2017 nominees. It’s the fourth time the Firebirds have placed three or more athletes on the All-Ohio team in the same year.
Kates is one of four pitchers named to the Division I First Team. He’s signed to play baseball at High Point University in North Carolina next year. He currently has a 0.32 ERA in 2017, the lowest ERA in school history for a season. He has the most wins (10-0) and the most strikeouts (77) in the GMC. He also owns the school record for most complete games in a season with eight. In addition to his pitching, the 6’3″, 200 lb Kates is batting .373 with an OBP of .505.
Johnson is one of only four outfielders named to the Division I Second Team and he shares the honor with his teammate Brennen Martin. Johnson is hitting .379 for the season with a .500 OBP. He also leads the GMC with 28 stolen bases. That’s eleven more stolen bases than the next athlete and two shy of the Lakota School District record. He’s also tied with teammate Brennen Martin for the second most runs scored in the GMC with 29.
Martin joins teammate Bryce Johnson as one of the four Division I Second Team honorees. He has signed to play college ball at Lincoln Trail Community College in Illinois. Martin leads the Firebirds with a .407 batting average and a .522 OBP. It’s the highest OBP seen by the Firebirds since Jacob May and Brian Abrams in 2010. He’s also second in the GMC with 27 RBI’s and 29 runs.