Monarch baseball players earn OCC honors

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Blake Storr, a first-team shortstop, hit .333 for the season.

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First-team pitcher Trey Storr finished with a 1.25 ERA.

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Blaine Williams, a sidearm relief specialist, was named to the honorable mention list.

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MHS third baseman Payne Miller earned OCC Scholar-Athlete honors.

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Monarch first baseman Gabe Schaeffer (3) was named to the first team in the OCC.

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Monarch catcher Chase Kilgore was named to the second team.

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Monarch pitcher Jack Christian (5) confers with catcher Chase Kilgore. Christian was named to the OCC second team.

(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)

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DH Matt Belt was named to the OCC special mention list.

(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)

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Several members of the Marysville High School varsity baseball team were recently honored by the Ohio Capital Conference Central Division.

Monarchs named to the division’s first team were shortstop Blake Storr, first baseman Gabe Schaeffer and pitcher Trey Storr.

Second-team accolades went to catcher Chase Kilgore and pitcher Jack Christian.

Pitcher Blaine Williams was named to the honorable mention list, while designated hitter Matt Belt was selected for special mention.

Third baseman Payne Miller earned OCC scholar athlete honors.

Blake Storr, a senior, batted .333 for the Monarchs, who posted a 15-13 record during the 2019 spring season.

He drove in 19 runs and scored 11 times.

Storr will continue his diamond career at Indiana Wesleyan University.

“Blake is a very talented guy and we can’t wait to watch him continue his career on the next level,” said MHS head coach Nick Blake.

Schaeffer, a junior, carried a heavy bat for the Monarchs with a hefty .357 average. He tallied 17 runs and finished with an on-base percentage of .436.

“Gabe had a good year offensively and is as good a defensive first baseman as there is in Central Ohio,” said Blake.

The younger Storr brother, who was a sophomore, was impressive during his first season of varsity mound work.

He posted a 4-3 record, but lost a couple of games by a single run.

Storr’s earned run average was a miniscule 1.25.

“Trey was hampered by an injury for most of the season,” said Blake. “However, he battled through and was lights out for us on the mound.”

Kilgore, a junior, was a dual threat both offensively and defensively for the Monarchs.

He hit .259 at the plate and was even more impressive from his backstop position.

Opposing base runners had a difficult time taking extra bases on Kilgore as he gunned down 15 of the 24 runners (63 percent) who tried to steal a base.

“Chase has a phenomenal work ethic and is even a better guy,” said Blake. “He’s as good as it gets defensively on the high school level.”

Christian went 6-3 on the bump with a 2.05 ERA.

“Jack was really good for us on the mound all year,” said Blake. “We’re looking forward to seeing him progress going into his junior year.”

Williams, a sidearm pitcher, was another Monarch hurler with a sparkling earned run average.

The senior’s mark for the season was 2.01 to go along with five saves out of the bullpen.

“Blaine tied the school record for saves in a season,” said Blake. “He was phenomenal in relief for us all year.”

Belt, a junior, hit .293 with one homer and 15 RBIs.

“Matt is a tremendous young man who carried us offensively at times through the year,” said Blake.

Miller, a senior, finished the academic year with a 3.5 GPA.

He plans to play baseball and wrestle at Defiance College.

“Payne was asked to fill different roles and was completely selfless in his approach,” said Blake. “He was very solid defensively and was a great team guy.

“We’re also looking forward to watching him on the next level.”



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