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Boswell Player of the Year

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Noah Boswell compiled a record of 6-1 on the season and had a county-best ERA of 1.88. Boswell also led the county in batting average with .514. [Order this photo]
By CAINE GARDNER

Sports Editor

GREENCASTLE -- South Putnam enjoyed a season of great accomplishment. They had a base-runner shatter the school record for stolen bases in a season, they captured the sectional championship and they led the county in wins.

The Eagles can now add to that five All-County selections, including the 2009 Putnam All-County Player of the Year.

Noah Boswell led the county in most statistical categories and was one part of South Putnam's one-two punch on the mound. For those achievements, Boswell has earned the Player of the Year honors.

Boswell led the county with a batting average of .514 and knocked in 28 RBIs along with seven home runs. He also had five doubles and collected 36 hits on the season. His .886 slugging percentage was tops in the county as well.

On the mound, Boswell posted a county-low ERA of 1.88 en route to a 6-1 record. In 52 innings pitched, he gave up 36 hits, but struck out 78 batters. All of his six wins were complete games.

Cameron Chestnut smashed the single-season stolen base record for South Putnam. His 36 stolen bases was double the old record.

In addition, Chestnut proved to be a major threat at the plate as well. He led the county in hits (41), doubles (8), runs scored (35) and stolen bases. His batting average of .451 was second in the county.

Derek Dean anchored South Putnam at first base and provided some offensive firepower for the Eagles. He batted .383 and had 31 hits. Dean also collected two doubles, five home runs and 27 RBIs. In addition, he scored 25 runs on the season.

Brayden Freeman had the fourth best batting average in the county at .417 and provided the Eagles with 35 hits, three doubles and two home runs. He scored 19 times, stole 10 bases and collected 22 RBIs on the year.

If you look solely at offensive stats, Grant Zimmerman had a solid year. Add to that an impressive year on the mound and he easily rounds out the selections from South Putnam.

Zimmerman had a respectable .329 batting average, with 25 hits, two triples, three doubles and one home run. He also had 16 RBIs, scored 19 times and had eight stolen bases.

On the mound, he was a perfect 7-0, with five complete games and an ERA of 2.20. He led the team in innings pitched with 54 and was second in strikeouts with 42.

North Putnam is known for its offense. They execute the squeeze play better than most and they never have a shortage of power at the plate. This year proved to be no different.

Cougar Tyler Watson put together a remarkable hitting performance this season. The sophomore recorded 35 hits, seven home runs, three doubles and a staggering 47 RBIs on the season. He scored 26 runs and his .427 batting average was third in the county.

Teammate Brock Jones put up some impressive numbers as well. Jones tied Watson with seven home runs, bested him in doubles with five and was right on track in hits with 29. He batted .403 and collected 30 RBIs on the season.

The senior duo of Scott Hunt and Mitchell Crum gave the Cougars an offensive lift as well.

Hunt batted .351 on the season and had four doubles, two home runs, 27 hits and 20 RBIs. He also scored 29 runs and had 19 stolen bases.

Crum recorded three home runs, five doubles and 26 hits. He batted .325 and had 26 RBIs and scored 32 runs.

He also was North Putnam's ace, going 6-2 on the season with an ERA of 3.70 and collecting 59 strikeouts in 53 innings pitched.

Greencastle captured the 2009 Putnam County championship and had two players selected to the All-County squad.

Senior Kyle Nobles led the Tiger Cubs in batting average with .394 and had 26 hits. Nobles had one home run, five doubles, 11 RBIs and scored 15 runs.

Fellow senior Trey Ford had two home runs, four triples, four doubles and 23 hits. He also collected 14 RBIs, 23 runs and batted .303 for the season.

Cloverdale was represented by senior outfielder Chad Cummings. Cummings batted .296 for the season, including three home runs, five doubles and 22 RBIs.