Butler County Times Gazette
  • Hurst, Hiser earn All-State baseball selections

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  • In a crowded field that was dominated by Wichita Collegiate and Andale, Augusta’s baseball team had four Orioles earn All-League baseball honors.
    Connor Hurst and Mason Hiser led the way with First Team selections. Michael Albright and Gavin Hutson both earned Second Team selections.
    Hurst also earned the top honor of getting named to the Class 4A-Div. I All-State First Team. Hiser was selected to the All-State Second Team for the Orioles.
    Hurst, who was selected First Team as a outfielder, led the Orioles with 32 hits and a whopping nine triples. He was second for Augusta with 14 RBIs, a solid number coming from the lead-off hitter. He also had 14 stolen bases and was second on the team with 20 runs scored. He finished with a .421 batting average.
    Hurst patrolled centerfield well all season. He only had one error and had an assist and 16 pickoffs.
    Hiser, who was selected First Team as a pitcher, finished with a stellar 1.42 ERA after giving up just 11 earned runs all season. He racked up 54 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed an opponent batting average of just .144. He totalled 81 strikeouts to 12 walks and 29 hits.
    At the plate, Hiser was second behind Hurst on the team with a .373 average. He had 22 hits, 13 RBIs and drew six walks. He scored 19 times and stole six bases.
    Hiser also earned Second Team honors as a utility player. He mostly played shortstop when he wasn’t pitching. He finished with four errors and a .940 fielding percentage.  He had 18 pickoffs and a team-high 45 assists.
    Albright, who was selected Second Team as an outfielder, was second for the Orioles with 24 hits and had the team’s only two home runs. He added three triples and finished with a .329 average. Albright had a team-high 20 RBIs, drew four walks, stole 11 bases and scored 12 runs.
    In the field, Albright committed just two errors and had 21 pickoffs and one assist.
    Hutson, who was selected Second Team as a second baseman, hit four doubles and three triples on way to a .278 average. He drove in nine runs and drew nine walks. He finished with seven steals and scored a team-high 21 runs.
    Augusta was 5-5 in league play and 10-10 during the season before losing its regional opener.

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