Four Trojans selected for Indiana Elite All-Star baseball games
BOURBON — Four Triton baseball players have been selected to play in the Indiana Elite All-Star games Saturday, June 23 at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis.
Trojans Bryson Mosier and Pete Kauffman will play in the Class A junior game scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT, while Zak Shively and Marc Lindsey will compete in the 1A seniors game slated for 12:30 p.m. EDT at the event, which is broken down according to class and school year and is in its second year.
“It’s nice for Triton kids to get recognized and be selected to the team and invited to play at the 1A level,” said Triton baseball coach James Shively. “I know a big thing that they look at is the level of competition that we play during the season and realize that our 1A kids are playing 80 percent of our schedule vs 2, 3 and 4A schools. It will be nice exposure for both Pete and Bryson as juniors for getting recruited for college next year, and a nice honor and fun way for Zak and Marc to finish up their high school careers.”
Shively, who will play at Bethel next year, was a four-year starter with Tritons. As a senior, he played at short stop and was a starting pitcher who led the team in innings pitched at 36.67 in 2012. He finished the season with a 6.30 ERA and 2.155 WHIP, striking out 20 while giving up 31 walks on the year.
On defense, he recorded 60 assisted outs with 33 put-outs and 12 errors last season. At the plate he finished with a batting average of .316 and an on-base percentage of .441 while driving in 14 runs.
“(He is) a good defensive short stop with soft hands and a strong arm,” said James Shively. “Good athlete, he handles the bat well. “
Lindsay, also a four-year starter with the Trojans, was a utility player who served at catcher, as a starting pitcher, in right field and at first base.
He batted .276 with a .433 on-base percentage and 19 RBI while tallying 75 put-outs and 18 assists with 10 errors on defense last season. He averaged 4.15 earns runs an outing with a 1.395 WHIP in 28.67 innings pitched, fanning 20 and walking 11.
“He is versatile on defense, a great on-base guy with occasional power,” said Shively.
Kauffman is a second baseman for Triton who ended up being the team’s primary reliever/ closer on the mound. He recorded a batting average of .382 last season with an OBP of .447, recording 27 RBI with one homer. He finished the year with 42 assisted outs and 38 put-outs while committing just four errors. In 20.33 innings pitched, he recorded a WHIP of 1.395 and ERA of 3.5, striking out 13 and walking seven.
“(He’s a) very solid defender, crafty on the mound, strong and handles the bat very well,” Shively said.
Mosier is a third baseman, starting pitcher and a three-year starter at Triton, who is “fast, strong” with “good power”, said Shively.
He averaged .296 at the plate with a .420 slugging percentage and 20 RBI, including one homer, and an OBP of .422 on the year. He finished with 41 assisted outs and 19 put-outs manning the hot corner and racked up 34 innings on the mound, allowing 8.44 runs on average per outing with a 2.353 WHIP. He also struck out a team-best 31 batters while giving up 25 bases on balls in his junior season.