Player of the year
There were no surprises with Polk County’s Allen, a four-year starter who also was named the Best of Preps male athlete of the year and the 2010 all-area football defensive player of the year.
“He made me a great coach, but Jared is actually the ultimate teammate,” Polk baseball coach Bill Triplett said. “He has always been that even when he was a freshman, but I don’t want that to take away from his abilities as a player. He has done a lot for Polk County. When he gets to the next level and the levels after that, those attributes are going to mean a lot to those coaches and those teammates. He has always been about winning rather than individual accolades.”
This season the University of Tennessee signee hit .514 with 14 home runs, 62 RBIs, 51 runs scored, 20 stolen bases, 10 doubles and a slugging percentage of 1.029.
Coach of the year
Stone’s South Pittsburg Pirates finished the year with a 37-4 record, winning their first district championship since 2000 and their first region championship since 1999.
The run to their first state-tournament appearance since 1996 was a team effort from top to bottom, according to Stone, who has had winning records in all three of his seasons as head coach.
“This year’s team was one of those where I looked forward to going to the field coaching these kids,” he said. “I have to share this award with them and my assistant coaches, Brian Paris and J.J. Gatlin. Any time you have a season like this, it takes everybody from the administration to the coaches to the players to the parents.”
He hit .384 with two homers, 10 doubles, 30 runs scored and 28 RBIs and stole seven bases in eight tries.
He threw out 19 of 27 base-stealers, was 1-0 as a pitcher and hit .419 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
The University of Tennessee signee hit .370 and had a 2.06 pitching ERA and 106 strikeouts in 52 innings.
The left-hander was 11-0 with two saves, 96 strikeouts, six shutouts and just 11 earned runs allowed.
He hit .414 with eight homers, two triples, 36 RBIs and a postseason streak of 11 plate appearances reaching base.
The left-hander had two key wins in the District 5-AAA tournament and was 6-2 with a save for the season.
The Tennessee signee hit .355 with seven homers and 27 RBIs and pitched a 10-strikeout one-hitter.
The Belmont signee hit .435 with nine homers, 40 RBIs and 23 steals and as a pitcher was 4-3 with a 1.47 ERA.
He hit .405 with eight homers, had a 4-2 pitching record and earned a Lee University academic scholarship.
He had five wins, a 1.70 ERA and 107 strikeouts and threw a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts against Soddy-Daisy.
The Tennessee Wesleyan signee hit .413 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs and was 5-for-5 with three homers in one game.
He batted .418 with 12 extra-base hits, 52 RBIs, 45 runs, 25 steals and only four strikeouts in 117 at-bats.
MATT ALLEN South PittsburgSenior Outfielder
ANDY CASE South Pittsburg Senior Infielder
KENZIE GOINS Rhea County Senior Infielder
JOSH HOWARD McMinn County Senior Pitcher
TYLER LEE Polk County Senior Infielder
JAKE ROWLAND Meigs County Senior Infielder
CADEN SHADRICK Marion County Senior Infielder
DUSTIN STOWERS Walker Valley Senior Catcher
CAMERON TALLENT Rhea County Senior Infielder
BOBBY TOWNE Walker Valley Junior Outfielder
CODY WILSON Grundy County Senior Pitcher
BRANDON ZAJAC Walker Valley Senior Infielder
Teams of the year:
1--South Pittsburg (37-4)
The Pirates lost only twice on the way to the state tournament, taking the team’s first district title since 2000 and its first region championship since 1999.
2--Polk County (24-13)
The Wildcats finished second in the district but then won the Region 3-AA title and a sectional game to get to the state tournament.
3--Walker Valley (22-14)
The Mustangs’ late-season push carried them to the District 5-AAA title and a region runner-up finish, but they fell a step shy of the state with a sectional loss to eventual state runner-up Columbia.