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Written by James Weber for the Cincinnati Enquirer

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The Cincinnati Enquirer announces the 2017 Northern Kentucky baseball all-stars.

Player of the Year: Drew Rom, Highlands – The junior left-handed pitcher led the Bluebirds to their third consecutive Ninth Region championship, including pitching the final five innings of the regional championship game. He pitched in all three games of the Ninth Region tourney. For the season, he was 9-3 with a 1.40 ERA, and hit .400 at the plate. He has verbally committed to the University of Michigan.

Coach of the Year: Troy Roberts, Simon Kenton and Jeremy Baioni, Highlands – Roberts led the Pioneers to the state championship game for the second time in four seasons after being only a few games over. 500 during the regular season. Baioni led the Bluebirds to their third consecutive Ninth Region championship, becoming only the second Ninth Region team to win three in a row. Highlands was 36th District champions.

First team

DH – Ethan Doty, Highlands

1B – Luke Oehrle, Campbell

2B – Justin Colvin, Covington Catholic

SS- Trent Kincaid, Simon Kenton

3B – Ben France, Covington Catholic

C – Maxwell Sims, Conner

OF – Max Epplen, St. Henry

OF – Cory Franzen, Campbell County

OF – Logan Castleman, Beechwood

P – Colton Hartig, Campbell

P – Nick Craddock, Conner

P – Ben France, Covington Catholic

P – Ethan Doty, Highlands

P – Drew Rom, Highlands


Second team

DH – Thomas Cody, Covington Catholic

1B – Drew Demler, Ryle

2B- Ethan Kavanagh, Highlands

SS – Brian Wells, Newport Central Catholic

3B – Joey Yancey, Holy Cross

C- Jake Webster, Holy Cross

OF – Jack Coldiron, Covington Catholic

OF – Thomas “T.C.” Eads, Ludlow

OF – Juan Villegas, Conner

P – Evan Schlinger, Beechwood

P – Mitchell Kreidenweis, Simon Kenton

P – Bailey Martin, Simon Kenton

P – Brendon Reid, Cooper

P – Zach Hamberg, Brossart


Honorable mention

Eric Atkins, Bellevue; Gunner Smith, Newport Central Catholic; Will Brady, St. Henry; Brent Clary, Ludlow; Jack Coldiron, Covington Catholic; Andrew Daria, Dixie Heights; Hunter Ellis, Calvary; Will Fannin, Calvary; Nick Ferraro, St. Henry; Dan Gerst, VMA; DV Gulley, Holmes; Noah Huseman, Beechwood; Devin Johnson, Beechwood; Chase Keller, Brossart; Xavier Ludwig, VMA; Jack Maile, Covington Catholic; William Martin, VMA; Danny McWhorter, Calvary; Andrew Noah, Ludlow; Ben North, Conner; Conner Phillips, Cooper; Braydon Runion, Cooper; Thomas Schutzman, VMA; Brett Seiter, Bellevue; Tim Sherman, Conner; Thomas Spiritoso, Ryle; Collin Teegarden, Campbell; Hunter Dreves, Highlands; Kyle Rust, Highlands; Kyle Taylor; Simon Kenton; Brennen Baker, Simon Kenton; Brayden Trattles, Simon Kenton; Brady Brooks, Campbell County; Gavin Peters, Campbell County.