LEXINGTON — He graduated as one of the most accomplished baseball players in Lexington High School history and Ben Vore is just getting started.
The Richland Source Pitcher of the Year, Vore will pitch for the University of Cincinnati next year. He’ll arrive on campus after one of the greatest single seasons in program history.
On the mound, the right-hander was 6-1 with 59 strikeouts and a 1.02 earned run average. His only loss came in the district semifinals to eventual regional champ Van Wert. He surrendered just two earned runs in the 6-1 loss.
“Really it could have easily been 2-1 or maybe even 1-1,” Lex coach Kevin Morrow said at the time. “That was kind of tough.”
At the plate, Vore batted .461 with 27 runs batted in and 10 extra base hits. He was selected the Ohio Cardinal Conference Player of the Year after leading the Minutemen to a share of the OCC title.
Vore was selected the District 9 Player of the Year in Division II and was an All-Ohio first team selection.
Vore anchors the five-man All-Richland Source pitching staff. Two pitched their teams to the regional tournament and one appeared in two state tournaments.
Shelby reached the regional tournament thanks in no small part to Blaise Caudill. The junior right-hander was 8-2 with 62 strikeouts and a 2.15 ERA. Caudill was a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference second team pick and a second team selection in Division II on the District 9 team.
Clear Fork’s Mitch Dulin came back from Tommy John surgery to cap his career in style. The big right-hander was 6-1 with 27 strikeouts and a 0.64 ERA. Dulin pitched the Colts to the Division III Final Four as a freshman and sophomore before sitting out his junior season after surgery. He was a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference first team pick and a District 9 second-teamer in Division II.
Lucas junior Logan Niswander was lethal on the mound and at the plate. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out 63 and boasted a 2.02 ERA. He batted .476 with four home runs and 23 RBIs. Niswander was selected to the Mid-Buckeye Conference first team and was a District 9 first team pick in Division IV.
Colonel Crawford reached the regional tournament for the first time in more than a half-century and Gavin Feichtner led the charge. Feichtner had six wins, 69 strikeouts and a 1.43 erartned run average. At the plate, he batted .415 with 27 runs batted in.