The Courier Times also released their All Area Baseball team. Representing Knightstown was back to back CT’s Player of the Year Drake Peggs. Also joining Drake on the All Area first team are Isaac McRoberts and Spencer Mattix. Named to the second team All Area are Tyler Burton and Jake Bearhope! The following was written in the Courier Times article:
The Knightstown baseball team reached the Class 2A southern semi-state championship game this season for the second year in a row. The Panthers had good coaching and good players, and perhaps the best of them was senior Drake Peggs.
Peggs, who is on scholarship to play baseball for Eastern Michigan University starting this fall, has again been named The Courier-Times Player of the Year in baseball for the 2016 season. Peggs also earned the same honor in 2015 as a junior.
Peggs also matched his first cousin, Mackenzie Peggs, as a repeat winner of a C-T Player of the Year honor. Mackenzie Peggs was the C-T Player of the Year in softball on both 2015 and 2016.
The C-T Player of the Year and the All-Area Teams were decided from input submitted by all six area high school baseball coaches and from the C-T sports staff.
Drake Peggs led the area in batting average (BA) at .500, hits (48), runs (41), triples (12), slugging percentage (.916), and on-base percentage (.597). He was tied for third in the area in doubles (10), hit two home runs, drove in 22 runs, and stole 11 bases.
Peggs was among the state leaders in several categories. He was third in Indiana in runs scored, eighth in slugging percentage, 16th in on-base percentage, and 18th in batting average.
Peggs also had an impact on the mound, as he had a 0.82 ERA and 1-1 record in 17 innings pitched (IP), and allowed five hits, four runs (two earned), struck out 26, and walked only two. Peggs had a fielding percentage of .917 at shortstop and on the mound with 11 errors in 132 total chances.
McRoberts, a junior at Knightstown, repeated as a member of the First Team. McRoberts, the Panthers’ catcher, had another solid season and led the area in RBI with 29 and tied for third in doubles with Peggs at 10. He had 34 hits, two triples, and a home run and scored 17 runs.
Behind the plate, McRoberts was just as impressive with a fielding percentage of .985 and had just three errors in 201 total chances.
Mattix, a senior, was the ace of the Knightstown pitching staff. Mattix had a 1.45 ERA and 8-1 record (best in the area) in 62 2/3 IP, giving up 32 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 47 and issuing 12 walks.
At the plate, Mattix had a BA of .300, scored 27 runs, drove in 20, and had four doubles. His fielding percentage was .896 with eight errors in 77 total chances.
Burton, a sophomore for the Panthers, shined in the field and at the plate. When pitching, Burton had a 1.79 ERA and 3-2 record in 31 2/3 IP with 31 strikeouts and 10 walks. At the plate, Burton hit .388 (sixth in the area) with 38 hits (second in the area) and 24 RBI. he hit nine doubles, a triple, and had a fielding percentage of .962.
Bearhope, a senior at Knightstown, hit four home runs (tied for first in the area) and batted .276 with 26 RBI (second in the area) and 20 runs scored. Bearhope was the Panthers’ first baseman and had a fielding percentage of .984 with just three errors in 186 total chances.
C-T Area Coach of the Year
Knightstown’s Daren Hardesty repeats as the C-T Area Coach of the Year for Baseball in 2016. Hardesty led the Panthers to a 22-9 record this season and were champions of the Mid-Hoosier Conference with an 8-1 record.
After taking over the Knighstown baseball program, Hardesty has led the Panthers to three straight sectional championships and consecutive regional titles. Knightstown lost the Class 2A southern semi-state championship game 7-4 to eventual state champion Providence, the second straight year the Panthers have lost to the eventual state champs at the semi-state level.