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Harner named to IHSBCA All-State team

PITCH: Northfield's Blake Harner throws a pitch during the semi-state game this spring against Daleville in Kokomo.

Staff reports

After a sterling finish to his senior season, Northfield’s Blake Harner earned a spot on the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) Class A All-State team as a pitcher.

The team consists of ten players with two pitchers to go along with the eight other position players.

Harner finished the season with a 2.62 ERA in 14 appearances on the year. The senior hurler earned a 7-3 record in 64 innings, striking out 107 while walking 43.

In the postseason, Harner was nearly untouchable for the Norse. In the sectional final, Harner pitched seven innings and allowed just six hits and one run while striking out 16, leading Northfield to a win.

One week later in the regional opener, Harner tossed eight innings of shutout baseball, striking out 13 and helping Northfield secure a spot in the regional final.

Harner was equally dangerous at the plate this season. In 31 games, Harner finished with a .356 batting average while slugging .528 and sporting a .407 on-base percentage. Harner tallied 37 hits, 28 RBIs and 25 runs while slugging 13 extra-base hits.

Lucas McNew of Borden was the other pitcher named to the team alongside Harner on the All-State team. Duncan Gerkin of Orleans was selected as the catcher, Trey Waddups of Pioneer was named the second basemen while teammate Nate Johnson was selected to third.

Aaron Beard of Tecumseh was named the shortstop and Pioneer’s Cory Gutshall was named to one of the three outfield spots.

A trio of Norse postseason opponents had honorees on the All-State list.

Daleville, who upended the Norse in the semi-state, saw outfielder Ryan Hale selected while South Central’s Carson Husmann took the other outfield spot. Northfield knocked off South Central in the regional opener.

Jay Hammel of South Newton, the side Northfield knocked off in the sectional final, was named the first basemen on the All-State team.