BNL’s Jay Thomas earns third-straight honorable mention
By SEAN DUNCAN
BEDFORD — For the second-consecutive season, Bedford North Lawrence baseballer Nik Bailey was awarded All-Hoosier Hills Conference honors.
And for the third-straight year, teammate Jay Thomas earned All-HHC honorable mention
“It’s nice to be rcognized because there are a lot of good players in our conference,” Bailey said. “I thought Jay should have ben there with me.”
Bailey led the Stars in batting with a .419 average and went 2-3 on the season pitching for BNL with a 4.93 ERA.
The recent graduate also led the team in home runs (4) and RBIs (23).
BNL finished the season 16-12 and battled its way into the semifinals at the Jeffersonville Sectional before falling to the host Red Devils, 6-1.
“I’m happy with what we did,” Bailey said. “We won our first sectional game in awhile and we were right there with Jeffersonville, who won it. So, it was there for our taking.”
Stars’ coach Jerry Chaney was pleased to see Bailey’s name on the All-HHC list when it was released, but surprised not to find Thomas as well.
“I really thought he had a good chance of making it,” Chaney said. “His batting average was as good or better than a lot of those who were in there. The sad thing is he was one vote away from making All-conference.
“It’s disappointing that Jay didn’t make it because anybody who watched Jay play knows how good Jay is.”
Thomas was second on the team in batting with a .393 average and was 3-1 on the mound with a 2.94 ERA.
The speedy centerfielder was 20 for 21 in the stolen base department and was second to Bailey in RBIs with 20.
Two more prestigious lists are still yet to be determined in the North-South All-Star squad and the All-State team.
Chaney has secured spots on both consideration lists for Bailey and Thomas.
“I’ve looked at the stats and they’re all comparable, it’s going to come down to the coaches votes,” Chaney said. “Hopefully some of the coaches will take notice and put them on there because both of these guys performed as well or better than anybody in the southern part of the state.”
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