While the season is now long behind them, it didn’t stop Brownstown Central’s baseball team from celebrating their 2017 campaign.
Players, parents and coaches gathered in the middle school cafeteria on Friday.
Braves senior Sy Zickler was named most valuable player on the evening.
Zickler totaled 26 hits on the season, five of which went for extra bases, with 16 RBIs.
On the mound, Zickler had a record of 5-2 in 35 innings of work. In the regular season, Zickler tossed a no-hitter against Borden.
Zickler also made the All-Mid-Southern Conference first team along with senior teammate Ty Maxie.
Maxie will continue his baseball career at Greenville College (Greenville, Illinois) and Zickler will play at Clark State Community College (Springfield, Ohio).
Seniors Devin Stuckwisch and Nick Marling both made the All-MSC honorable mention for their efforts.
A hitting award was presented to Marling, who had a team-best batting average of .361
The defensive award went to Braves senior centerfielder Carson Lambring. Lambring had just one error in the season, and had a fielding percentage of .969.
Senior Cody Williams received the pitching award. Williams had four wins on the mound, and led the team with 55 innings pitched.
Devin Stuckwisch, a senior, took home the mental attitude award for the second straight year.
BCHS’ varsity team finished 16-9 on the season, falling in the semifinals of the Class 3A Silver Creek Sectional.
A total of 13 varsity awards were presented to players.
At the conclusion of the awards, Braves head coach John Lawson and assistant coach Jim Gastineau announced that they will both retire from coaching.
Gastineau said that Brownstown is a special place, and told the players that all they need to do is look in the stands each game to see the support they have.
Lawson said that between being a player and coach, he has been a part of 600-plus Brownstown Central games over the years.
Lawson said he coached at BCHS for 18 years, in various roles, and Gastineau said he totaled 16 years.
A new head coach has not yet been named.