Fayette County


Introducing the 2015 All-County Baseball Team

Jake Lee of Whitewater is the Pitcher of the Year, Duke Kinamon of McIntosh is the Player of the Year, and Adam Goodman of Starr’s Mill is the Two-Way Player of the Year. (Staff Photos by Christopher Dunn)

Another season is in the books for the Boys of Spring. With that, it’s time to honor the county’s best in baseball.
It was a fun year around the county with several squads improving greatly and two emerging as region champions. Along with that came a number of strong individual performances.
Jake Lee of Whitewater is the Pitcher of the Year. Lee, a Georgia Tech signee, was the Wildcat ace, posting a tremendous 11-2 record, along with a 0.70 ERA. On top of that, Lee struck out 87 and issued just three walks in 76 innings pitched.
In an extremely tight race, Duke Kinamon of McIntosh is the Player of the Year. Kinamon, a Stanford signee, led the county in batting at .507 with a .625 on-base percentage, five home runs, 37 RBI, and 28 stolen bases. On top of that, he added a slick glove at short stop for the Chiefs.
Adam Goodman of Starr’s Mill is the Two-Way Player of the Year. Goodman, a University of Georgia signee, was unquestionably the county’s best dual threat, serving as the Panthers’ ace and a menace at the plate. On the mound, he posted a 7-1 record with a 0.72 ERA, along with 74 strikeouts and just two walks in 48 innings. With his bat he piled up a .398 average with two home runs and 32 RBI.
Rusty Bennett of Whitewater repeats as Coach of the Year. Bennett’s Wildcats came into the year with a huge bullseye on their back, but they never backed down. Playing against some of the state and nation’s best teams, Whitewater notched 29 wins and a second straight trip to the state championship series.
The All-County First Team starts with catcher Joe Gruszka of Starr’s Mill. Gruszka, a junior, hit .402 with a 535 on-base percentage to go with a steady glove behind the dish.
The infield is made up of Sandy Creek’s Trevin Bolden at first base, Whitewater’s Tyler Doanes at second base, McIntosh’s Duke Kinamon at short stop, and Whitewater’s Brandon Bell at third base. Bolden’s work for the Patriots was also enough to get him All-Region first team honors. Doanes hit .419, scored 27 runs, and drove in 16. Bell led the Wildcat offense with a .455 average, along with two home runs and 30 RBI.
The outfield consists of Eric Sutliff of Starr’s Mill and Whitewater’s Jabari Richards and JD Norred. Sutliff, a senior, hit .409 for the Panthers with five triples and a .512 on-base percentage. Richards, a Furman signee, hit .377 with two home runs and 25 RBI. Norred hit .407 with 24 RBI.
There’s no shortage of top-notch pitching, Joining Jake Lee are his teammates Ethan Gillis and Colby Taylor and McIntosh’s Travis Kuebler. Gillis, a Kennesaw State signee, racked up an 8-4 record and 1.06 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 66 innings. Taylor posted a 2-0 record and seven saves with 40 strikeouts in 31 innings. Kuebler, a junior, led the Chiefs with a 5-1 record, 28 strikeouts, and 3.20 ERA in 34 innings.
Joining Adam Goodman as the top two-way players is fellow Panther Richie Post. Post, a junior, finished with a 4-0 record and 2.42 ERA, while hitting .424 with seven doubles and 27 RBI as a short stop.
Mile Jones of Whitewater makes the first team as a designated hitter. Jones hit .388 with two home runs and 30 RBI.
Bradley Harmon of Fayette County rounds out the first team as a utility player. Harmon, a senior, was a vocal leader for the Tigers while also playing all over the field. Harmon shined as a catcher, while also playing in the infield and pitching.
The All-County Second Team is brimming with talent.
The catcher spot is filled by Garrett Stewart of McIntosh and Cole Jackson of Sandy Creek. Stewart, a junior, hit .362 and drove in 19 runs. Jackson earned All-Region second team honors for his play.
The infield is made up of Connor Nalley of Whitewater at first base, Drew Hodges of Fayette County and Thomas Farr of Sandy Creek up the middle, and Jack Hartman of McIntosh at third base. Nalley hit .423 with nine RBI and drew 20 walks. Hodges and Farr both earned All-Region second team honors. Hartman, a junior, hit .375 with 15 RBI and a .512 on-base percentage.
The outfield consists of Avery Roth of Whitewater, Mike Dolak of McIntosh, and Kevin Walker of Our Lady of Mercy. Roth, a senior, hit .363 with one home run and 19 RBI. Dolak, a senior, hit .325 with 21 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Walker, a senior, hit over .400 for the Bobcats.
The pitching staff is made up of Fayette County’s Chazz Walker, Sandy Creek’s Rodney Randers, McIntosh’s Drew Plant, and Starr’s Mill’s Jared Kumro and Jake Arnold. Walker and Randers both served as their teams’ aces en route to All-Region second team honors. Plant, a junior, tallied a 4-0 record with a 2.44 ERA. Kumro, a junior, posted a 2-0 record with with a 3.62 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 21 innings. Arnold, a sophomore, posted a 2-2 record with a 3.31 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 20 innings.
Elliott Bauer of Starr’s Mill is the designated hitter. Bauer, a senior who also suited up at catcher, hit .390 with eight doubles and only seven strikeouts in 65 at-bats.
The county honorable mentions also boast a wealth of talent. McIntosh’s honorable mentions are Tyler Mowry and Van Neeley. Our Lady of Mercy’s honorable mention is Andrew Calderara. Whitewater’s honorable mentions are Ben Hughlon, Jeremiah Woods, Nick Fink, and Levi Whitlock.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.