High School Sports

Lots of area talent on the IHSBCA All-State Baseball teams

Belleville West catcher and pitcher Cal Kossina (right) was one of nine local players chosen to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State teams.
Belleville West catcher and pitcher Cal Kossina (right) was one of nine local players chosen to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State teams. dholtmann@bnd.com

Recent Belleville News-Democrat Large-School Baseball Player of the Year Brad Harrison from O’Fallon and Belleville West pitcher-infielder Cal Kossina were among nine local players on the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State Teams.

Harrison, Kossina and Edwardsville senior pitcher-third baseman Jake Garella made the 4A all-state squad, while Waterloo senior outfielder Jordan McFarland, Freeburg senior shortstop Ty Dill and Waterloo senior pitcher-first baseman Tyler McAlister made the 3A all-state team.

Making the 2A all-state team were Central junior shortstop Kolby Schulte and Wood River senior pitcher-infielder Blake Marks.

Okawville senior catcher Brad Fuhrhop was lone area player on the 1A all-state team.

Harrison and Garella were recently named Louisville Slugger All-Americans and all of the all-state players were also first-team selections on the News-Democrat Large-School and Small-School All-Area teams.

A Southern Illinois University Carbondale recruit, Harrison was 12-0 as a pitcher this season. He had a 0.47 earned-run average and struck out 124 in 89 2/3 innings, tossing five straight shutouts during one impressive span.

Harrison also hit .402 with 12 doubles, one triple, six homers and 35 RBIs.

A Southwestern Illinois College recruit, Kossina hit .541 with four doubles, four triples and 29 RBIs with 35 runs scored. Kossina also was 5-3 with a 0.49 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings.

Headed to St. Louis University, Garella broke the single-season batting average record at Edwardsville by hitting an area-leading .570. He had 16 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 36 RBIs.

Garella was 6-1 as a pitcher with a 0.19 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings for the Tigers (29-8).

McFarland was drafted in the 36th round by the Washington Nationals, but will play for the University of Arkansas next season.

The center fielder hit .500 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 31 RBIs with 49 runs scored and 37 stolen bases.

Dill, a Lindenwood-Belleville recruit, led Freeburg with a .426 average and also had eight doubles, one triple, one home run and 35 RBIs with 32 runs scored.

McAlister signed with Missouri State as a pitcher, but also had a strong year at the plate for the Bulldogs.

His .440 average was second behind McFarland’s .500 and McAlister also piled up nine doubles, three triples, five home runs and a team-leading 39 RBIs.

The hard-throwing right-hander was 8-3 on the mound with a 0.60 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings.

Schulte was only a junior, but turned in a huge season for the Central Cougars. He led the team with a .437 average, 31 RBIs, 45 hits and 32 runss, setting a school record with 18 doubles.

Schulte also had two triples and a team-high 15 stolen bases.

Marks, a pitcher and infielder at Wood River, signed with Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey.

He hit .515 for the Oilers with 10 doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 41 RBIs and 34 runs scored along with 19 stolen bases. As a pitcher, Marks was 7-2 with a 0.57 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings.

Fuhrhop signed with Kaskaskia College and helped lead the Okawville Rockets to a second straight Class 1A state tournament appearance.

The four-year starter hit .427 with nine doubles, one triple, six home runs and 30 RBIs with 26 runs scored.

Norm Sanders: 618-239-2454, @NormSanders