For The Tribune

Jorge Vega was named the most valuable player and received the Golden Glove defensive player of the year award at the Seymour baseball awards program Wednesday night at the high school.

Vega had a solid year offensively as he was 21-for-65 for an average of .323. He scored nine runs, had five doubles and one home run.

He was the starting first baseman the past two seasons and had 153 putouts, 13 assists, only four errors for a .976 defensive percentage. Vega was hit by pitch four times this season and ranks second on the career HBP list.

Head coach Jeremy Richey said the MVP award was voted on by the players.

Paetan Brennan received the Doug Hill Memorial Leadership Award.

Brennan tore his ACL before the season and was unable to play this spring, except for a pinch-hitting appearance on senior night.

“He handled a tough situation in a good way,” Richey said. “He led from the dugout and was always doing the right thing.”

Keenan Bohall took home the the Owls Hustle Award. He was the starting catcher throughout the season and had 122 putouts and 21 assists, and he batted .262.

Assistant coach D.J. Henkle said Bohall is a three-time winner of this award.

“He went out every day and worked hard, and he was the same way in practice,” Henkle said.

Bryce Carpenter was named the baseball scholar athlete.

Richey said he graduated 48th in the senior class of 279.

Richey also announced Carpenter’s team was winner of the Victory Field Challenge that was conducted prior to the season.

Alan Perry was hitter of the year. He topped the Owls in batting with 30-for-86 for an average of .411. He scored 19 runs and topped the team in stolen bases with 14, and in extra base hits with 8, including 7 doubles.

Vega, Tyler Bloom, Satoshi Hirose, Luis Munoz, Seth Maki and Perry received plaques for being members of the .500 Club that is based on the players’ percentage of quality at bats.

Hirose received the pitching award. He had a record of 4-1 while pitching 37 innings with 35 strikeouts, 9 walks, he allowed 12 earned runs for an ERA of 2.27, and had a .389 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Perry was named to the Hoosier Hills All-Conference first team and Hirose made the honorable mention list.

Seniors Ryan Wieneke and Janzen Bloom received four-year awards.

Richey praised the seniors — Wieneke, Bloom, Bohall, Carpenter, Jacob Ahlbrand, Brennan and Vega — for their hard work.

“The seniors are walking away as better people,” he said. “They won 58 games in four years, and four of them are going on to play college baseball.”

The Owls had a record of 15-10.

“We had a slow start but ended up playing pretty good baseball,” Richey said. “We had fun. I’m proud of this group.”

The Owls played 14 games against teams that were ranked or received votes and beat six of them.

Seymour had a 4-1 record against area teams, beating Brownstown Central, Jennings County, Columbus North and Columbus East.

He listed highlights as the Victory Field Challenge, attending a Louisville Bats game, and the overnight trip playing in the Richmond Invitational.

Richey also said the team had to overcome the dust from construction of the soccer field.

Brad Thompson introduced the freshman (purple) team and said it had a record of 4-6, and had six rainouts.

Dan Henkle also introduced the junior varsity (black) team, which had a record of 7-4 and had seven rainouts.

“The young guys coming back hopefully will make a lot more highlights in the future,” Richey said.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.