Class of 2017 Diamond Kings announced

They are players that have dominated our coverage this season, shattered school records, and won state championships

Diamond Kings
Diamond Kings

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Over the last 4 months, hundreds of high school baseball and softball players from around the Valley have been nominated for our Diamond Kings award. Tonight, we unveil the nine that made the cut.

They are players that have dominated our coverage this season, shattered school records, and won state championships.

Here is the Class of 2017, our WKBN Diamond Kings.

DRAKE BATCHO CHAMPION
Drake Batcho, Champion (JR)
29 games / 31 hits / 2 HR / 25 RBI / 24 runs / .437 avg
(7-1) / 97 K’s / 0.84 ERA
D3 State Champions

BAILEY BYERS WEST BRANCH
Bailey Byers, West Branch (SR)
.610 avg / 21 HR’s / 56 runs / 47 RBI / 14 doubles / 7 triples
Career school records – HR / RBI / Hits / Runs / Doubles / Triples
D2 District Runner-Up

MARCO DEFALCO NILES
Marco DeFalco, Niles (JR)
.384 avg / 25 runs / 14 RBI / 14 SB
(8-0) / 7 shutouts / 3 ER / 0.38 ERA / 94 K/s 3 no-hitters
AAC White Tier Champions

WYATT LARIMER WESTERN RESERVE
Wyatt Larimer, Western Reserve (SR)
.424 avg / 18 RBI / 31 runs / 22 SB / 113 career hits – school record
(9-1) / 94 K’s / 241 career K’s – school record
Four time D4 District Champs

ALLISON SMITH CHAMPION
Allison Smith, Champion (FR)
.518 avg / 58 runs / 57 hits / 64 RBI / 18 HR
(7-1) / 0.70 ERA / 81 K’s
D3 State Champions

AVREY STEINER LAKEVIEW
Avrey Steiner, Lakeview (JR)
.653 avg * / 40 runs / 47 hits / 15 RBI / 6 doubles
Verbally committed to Illinois

MICHAEL TURNER CHAMPION
Michael Turner, Champion (SR)
25 games / 34 hits / 1 HR / 30 RBI / 24 runs / .479 avg
D3 State Champions

TORI WELLS LAKEVIEW
Tori Wells, Lakeview (JR)
21 games / .625 avg / 19 runs / 40 hits / 37 RBI / 8 HR / 9 doubles

MCKENZIE ZIGMONT CHAMPION
McKenzie Zigmont, Champion (SR)
.467 avg / 50 hits / 36 RBI / 3 HR
(21-1) / 1.20 ERA / 164 K’s
D3 State Champions

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