By RANDY GREGORY
A pair of juniors from the Rockford baseball team earned statewide accolades for their sterling 2013 seasons. Shortstop Kory Young was named to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA) Dream Team as well as being honored as a member of the first-team Division 1 All-State squad. While catcher/pitcher Brent Showers was honored as a second-team choice on the Division 1 All-State team. The Dream Team is comprised of the top players in the state regardless of class.
Young, who committed to Michigan State University as a sophomore, hit .437 and set a new school record by scoring 48 runs this year. He also stole 29 bases, drew 28 walks, had 50 hits and had an on base percentage of .555. Showers went 6-2 as a pitcher while averaging 7.66 strikeouts and fewer than one walk per seven innings with a 1.73 earned run average. He also hit .393 while driving in 39 runs.
Young and Showers were also cited as OK Red All-Conference, All-District and All-Region players. They were joined on the All-Conference team by junior Reid Kelley and sophomore Tyler Pellerito. Senior Tim Redder was a member of the honorable mention All-Conference team. Junior Matt Dileo also joined Kelley in being named to the All-District and All-Region teams.
The team held it’s banquet on Monday, June 24th and handed out the following awards; Most Valuable- Showers, Coaches Award- Young, Hot Bat- Dileo, Ace- Kelley, Most Improved- Redder, Gold Glove- Jon Stewart and the “Marty Phillips Award” for hustle- Steven Bilski.