SOUTH WHITLEY – The Whitko High School baseball program has earned a pair of prestigious awards after a historic season.
Whitko ace pitcher Drew Bradford and head coach Erik Hisner have been honored by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Bradford, a senior pitcher and infielder, was named as the IHSBCA District 1 Player of the Year. He went 9-1 on the hill with one save and a 1.02 ERA. Bradford had 103 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings of work, which included a no-hitter and wins in both sectional games for the Wildcats. Bradford also hit .417 with a home run, nine doubles 34 RBI and 20 stolen bases.
“This is a great honor for Drew, and definitely well deserved,” Hisner said Tuesday morning. “He had an unbelievable year. Drew is one of the hardest workers and best competitors I’ve ever coached. His passion for our program is second to none.”
Hisner was selected as the IHSBCA District 1 Coach of the Year for the second straight year. He guided the Wildcats to the first sectional championship in program history and its sixth straight 20-win season.
Added Hisner of his own accolade, “First, I am humbled to receive this award because my peers vote on it. And second, I only received this award because of our team’s success.”
Whitko finished off a 21-10 campaign this past weekend with a 6-0 loss to Wapahani in a Class 2-A semifinal game of the Wabash Regional.