Aiden Smith arrived at Shelbyville High School as a freshman with plenty of “hype.”
A highly-successful travel baseball player, Smith (photo) fit in seamlessly with Shelbyville’s varsity squad and produced immediately on the mound and at the plate. And it earned him his first All-Conference selection.
The Hoosier Heritage Conference announced its 21-player All-Conference Baseball Team Monday and Smith was Shelbyville’s lone representative after a 14-14 season.
Smith finished his first season with a 5-3 record on the mound with a 2.40 earned run average. He pitched 46.2 innings and allowed 35 hits and just 16 earned runs while striking out 67.
Smith also led the Golden Bears in batting average (.430), doubles (10), runs scored (29) and runs batted in (21).
Also named All-HHC were Delta’s Zane Cline; Greenfield-Central’s A.J. Oden, Grant Shepherd, Conner Sims and Andrew Zellers; Mt. Vernon’s Eli Bridenthal, Nick Heitman, Konnor Scheidt, Cameron Sullivan and Joseph Wilson; New Castle’s Gavin Frazier; New Palestine’s Blaine Nunnally, Wes Stiller and Michael Thorpe; Pendleton Heights’ Nathan Gilmet and Spencer Leppink; and Yorktown’s Jackson Furnish, Jacob Grim, Jayce Key and Cole Temple.
Mt. Vernon was crowned HHC champion with a 13-1 record against conference foes. The Marauders finished the season 22-8.
Yorktown was conference runner-up at 19-7 (11-3 HHC) ahead of New Palestine (23-9, 9-5), Greenfield-Central (15-11-2, 8-6), Shelbyville (14-14, 6-8), Pendleton Heights (13-14, 5-9), Delta (11-17, 2-12) and New Castle (7-19, 2-12).
New Palestine’s Shawn Lyons and Yorktown’s P.J. Fauquher were named HHC Co-Coaches of the Year.
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