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2015 KABC 4A-I All-State Teams Announced

By Sean McCann
Prep Baseball Report Kansas

The Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches (KABC) released their 2015 All-State teams earlier this week. Coaches across the state nominate players for each class’s All-State teams, but cannot nominate their own players. On May 23rd coaches met in Wichita to make final selections for each team.

Today we are going to take a look at the 2015 4A-I KABC top award winners and All-State teams. 

4A-I Player of the Year: Mason Knopp, Fort Scott

A year after being named to the KABC 4A-I All-State first team as a catcher, Fort Scott senior RHP/C Mason Knopp (Neosho County CC commit) takes home KABC 4A-I Player of the Year honors. At the plate Knopp hit .370 with eight doubles, 19 runs scored, and 16 RBI for the Tiger’s 17-5 state qualifying squad. On the mound the righty went 4-1 with a 1.32 ERA, logging 53 innings while giving up 36 hits and posting an impressive 71:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. 

4A-I Pitcher of the Year: Brogan Heinen

Topeka Hayden senior RHP/1B Brogan Heinen (Kansas State commit), last spring’s KABC 4A-I Player of the Year, has been named 2015 KABC 4A-I Pitcher of the Year. The righty went 8-0 with a 0.65 ERA and two saves while pitching 53 innings, giving up 26 hits, seven runs, 15 walks and striking out 70. Heinen also hit .452 with nine doubles, a triple, three home runs and drove in 30 runs. 

4A-I Coach of the Year: Bill Arnold

In a league made up primarily of 6A and 5A schools, it was the 4A-I Topeka Hayden Wildcats that navigated through the Centennial League with a 17-1 record, their only loss was at the hands of Manhattan RHP Jesse Steinbring, a 2014 and 2015 KABC 6A All-State pitcher. In five post-season contests Hayden went 5-0, outscoring their opponents 41-2 on their way to capturing the 4A-I state title in Salina. The Wildcats finished with a 24-1 overall record. For his efforts in guiding Hayden to one of the best season’s in Kansas high school baseball history, Bill Arnold has been named KABC 4A-I Coach of the Year. 

4A-I All-State Underclassmen

+ Sophomore OF Nate Scantlin (Rose Hill) had a breakout season this past spring hitting .514 with 11 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 30 runs scored, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases and was named to the KABC 4A-I All-State first team. 

+ Andale sophomore IF Harrison Denk took home second team honors after hitting .338 with eight doubles, a triple 11 RBI and eight stolen bases.

+ RHP/IF Griffin McBride was named to the KABC 4A-I All-State team for the second straight season. The sophomore righty posted a 4-0 record and 1.63 ERA with three saves in 43 innings pitched, earning second team honors as a pitcher. 

+ Labette County OF Kyle Stringer, a sophomore, hit .394 with six doubles, five home runs, 20 runs scored and 29 RBI to earn KABC 4A-I All-State honors.

Here are your 2015 KABC 4A-I All-State First and Second Teams:

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