This week, coaches around the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference met to name their All-Conference awardees. A record nine Hornets were named in their honors.
To the Honorable Mention team, three Hornets were given the honor.
- All three had their first all-conference honors
- Senior Tim Moment was selected for his work in the outfield. He batted .298 this season leading the team in walks with 14 hits and 11 RBI. He also patrolled right and center field all year. Moment also took his tools to the basepaths leading the team in stolen bases.
- Senior Andrew Mora was also selected. Used primarily as a utility man, Mora played both outfield and infield for Northtown this year. But his main skill was on the basepaths. He only had one hit all season, but his use as a courtesy and pinch runner led to him scoring 15 runs this season. Mora was also named to the third team all-conference in 2017.
- Junior Anian Nicolas-Zamora was also recognized for his work at third. Nicolas-Zamora won the third base job after the start of the season and patrolled the hot corner aggressively. At the plate, he batted .344, with 17 hits, 7 RBI and 4 doubles.
To the Second Team All-Conference, four of Northtown’s ballplayers were named.
- Senior Grant Lorenzen made a late charge to tie for the lead in hits this season with 27. He batted .375, with 15 RBI and led the team in doubles with 10 and runs scored with 18. Lorenzen was a first-team all conference winner last season. On the mound, Lorenzen held a 5.4 ERA with only 17 walks and 20 K’s. When not pitching, Lorenzen held down left field for the Hornets.
- Senior Bryan Gallen is also on the list for a second year in a row. Gallen scooped up balls at first base for NKC this year and batted .303 with a home run, 14 hits and 11 RBI.
- Junior Casey Cayton finished the season with 22 hits batting .361 with a double and 12 RBI. Cayton flashed the leather at second base this season and also pitched 12 innings.
- Freshman Brock McLaughlin was the fourth honoree to the second team. McLaughlin blasted onto the team as a multi-tool performer. He served as the teams’ center fielder, making great plays. He also was near the top of nearly all statistical categories with the bat. McLaughlin was third in hits with 26, led the team in batting average at .394, had a homer, a triple, and five doubles. If that weren’t enough, he also served as the team’s closer posting a 2.897 ERA in 9.2 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts.
The Hornets had two named to the first team and both were very worthy recipients and likely to be multi-year honorees next year.
- Junior infielder Austin Creekmore was the team’s shortstop this season making diving plays, plays deep in the hole, and turned some nifty double-plays this year. At the plate he led the team in hits along with Lorenzen with 27. He batted .346, but had the most At Bats with 78. He led the team in RBIs only striking out 9 times all year.
- Junior standout Konnor Thompson had some impressive numbers at the plate, batting .364 with 8 hits and only one strikeout, but his most impressive numbers were from the mound. He posted a 3.09 ERA with 54 innings pitched – the most on the team by a factor of 4. He only walked 28 batters but struck out an incredible 66 batters on the year.
Congratulations to all of the All-Conference award winners. With the Hornets losing only four of the nine honorees, it’s going to be a fun year next year watching these guys go for it again!