YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO (WKBN)-You at home have been nominating countless baseball and softball student-athletes from around the Valley and now its time to announce this year’s Diamond Kings.
Cheyenne Eggens – Mathews, SR
Eggens completed her senior season as the D-III Massillon runner-up after Mathews fell to Cuyahoga Heights. She was dominant in the circle this year with a 24-4 record, 0.52 ERA and 339 K’s. She ends her career with 1,302 strikeouts which is good for 2nd all-time in the state. She tossed 4 No-hitters and 3 perfect games for the Mustangs this year.
The South Florida commit was also solid in the box hitting .367 with 20 RBIs and 3 home runs. It is her 3rd straight season as a Diamond King.
Haylee Gardiner – Champion, SR
Gardiner ended her career in style, leading her team to a Division III State Championship after pitching a complete game shutout over Bloom-Carroll. She won over half of Champion’s games this year going 18-2 with an ERA of 1.39 and 201 strikeouts, all of which led the team. She too was a force with the bat, hitting .239 with 11 runs and 12 RBIs including two in the championship game. She leaves the Golden Flashes as a two-time state champ.
Meredith Grimes – Mathews, JR
Grimes is the second Mustang to crack the list this year thanks to the hot bat she swung all season. She batted .618 with 4 HR, 20 doubles, 37 RBIs and 32 runs scored for Mathews. While her numbers with the bat were good, her fielding also caught eyes this season, posting a 0.969 fielding percentage at first base.
Joel Hake – Ursuline, SR
YSU commit Joel Hake was stellar on the mound for the Irish in 2015. In 50 innings this year, Hake racked up 66 K’s (including a 16 K effort against South Range) with an ERA of 1.28. Hake threw a perfect game in the sectional final and led Ursuline to 4 straight District titles while on the team.
Aleah Hughes – Western Reserve, SR
The Blue Devils senior makes the list yet again this year making it back-to-back years as a Diamond King for Hughes. She led the Blue Devils with 29 RBIs, 5 HRs and 13 wins in the circle while carrying a 1.34 ERA and helping Western Reserve capture a District Championship
Wyatt Larimer – Western Reserve, SO
Larimer is the youngest Diamond King for 2015 and it was well-earned. He dominated on the mound going a perfect 8-0 with an ERA of 1.15 and 65 K’s. The sophomore pitched 5 innings, allowed only 3 hits while getting 10 K’s against Hicksville to send Reserve to the Division IV title game. When he wasn’t on the mound he was at shortstop and hit .309 with 30 runs and 11 RBIs.
Hunter Snyder – Springfield, SR
Snyder is another two-time member of our Diamond Kings and had a standout senior season. He led the team in batting average (.487), RBIs (38), home runs (3), doubles (13) and stolen bases (18). While behind the plate, Snyder gunned down 5 runners and will play for YSU next year.
Ricky Svetlak – Poland, SR
Svetlak helped lead Poland to the Division II State Championship game thanks to a hot bat. He hit .522 with 29 runs, 10 doubles, 2 home runs and 38 RBIs leading the Bulldogs in all those stats except runs.
Rachel Tinkey – Canfield, SR
Tinkey helped Canfield to a District Championship this year while leading the team in batting average (.480) and home runs (5). She also helped the cause be scoring 30 runs and driving in 33 Cardinals.