More all-conference baseball honors are rolling for the Jefferson County Athletic Association, this time for the Large-School Division.
Just as the Windsor Owls and DeSoto Dragons split the conference championship this season, so did their senior stars both earn Player of the Year.
Windsor’s Derek Williams was a powerhouse hitter in his final season, slugging out a .463 batting average, 10 home runs and 42 runs batted in his final season for the Owls.
Williams also posted a minuscule 0.82 earned-run average on his way to a 4-2 pitching record.
DeSoto pitcher and second baseman Hunter Dil joined Williams as the only other unanimous all-conference choice.
Dil was a dual threat himself, hitting a whopping .535 with 32 runs scored and 23 RBI while also going 5-2 with a 2.23 ERA on the mound.
Williams was joined on first-team all-conference by fellow Windsor senior Nolan Estopare.
Dil was one of 4 DeSoto seniors on the first team, along with Levi Fischer, Ethan Sampson and Zach Keck.
The Hillsboro Hawks and Festus Tigers had 2 first-team players each.
The Hawks were represented by the power bats of sophomore Austin Romaine and senior Noah Shuman, as were the Tigers by seniors Cole Wagner and Collin Reando.
Second-team all conference includes Windsor’s Gavin Kinworthy, Hunter Ward and Austin Happel; DeSoto’s Nick Krodinger and Caleb Coleman; Festus’ Nate Moore and Hayden Bates; and Hillsboro’s Conner Jenkins, Zach Whaley and Eli Epley.
Honorable mentions went to Sampson and Brycen Kingsland of the Dragons; Truman Ward, Chase Goins and Greg West of the Owls; Tyler Bizzle, Wyatt Huskey, Kaleb Kennedy, Ian Brown and Jackson Gross of the Tigers; Gabe King of the Hawks; and Fischer Scheiter, Dane Lauck and Grant Smith of the Perryville Pirates.
DeSoto’s Matt Buechting and Windsor’s Randy Green were the league’s Co-Coaches of the Year.