Concordia High School Baseball All-Decade Team: Catchers
The Concordia High School Baseball team was poised to enter the 2020 season with high expectations after winning back-to-back North Central Kansas League titles and reaching the championship game in last year's 3A Regional Baseball Tournament before the Kansas State High School Activities Association last month announced the cancellation of all spring championships, competitions, and festivals for the remainder of this school year.
The last decade for the Panther Baseball program was one of the most successful decades in all of Concordia sports history. From 2010 to 2019, the Concordia High School Baseball team won eight North Central Kansas League titles, played in nine regional championship games, appeared in five state tournaments, and twice reached the state title game.
With the program unable to move onto the next decade this spring, KNCK is taking a final look back at the decade that just wrapped up by unveiling KNCK's All-Decade Concordia High School Baseball Team.
Over the past week, with the assistance of Concordia Head Coach Brandt Hutchinson, a four-person committee cast their votes for the best players by position. To qualify for the All-Decade ballot, a player must have played in the decade, earned First Team All-North Central Kansas League recognition, and received a vote from the voting committee. Players can only be named All-Decade at one position.
The voting committee consisted of former Concordia Head Coach Gerald Sorell who was instrumental in starting the Panther Baseball program; former Panther Baseball standout and current Cloud County Community College Head Coach Eric Gilliland; Concordia High School Baseball Alumni Coordinator Justin Diederich; and KNCK Sports Director Toby Nosker.
On Friday, April 24th, we revealed our list of the top Concordia High School Pitchers from the decade. You can view that list here: Concordia High School Baseball All-Decade Team: Pitchers.
On Saturday, April 25th, we unveiled our picks for the top Concordia High School Outfielders from the past 10 years. You can view that list here: Concordia High School Baseball All-Decade Team: Outfielders.
On Sunday, April 26th, we announced our selections for the top Concordia High School Middle Infielders from the decade. You can view that list here: Concordia High School Baseball All-Decade Team: Middle Infielders.
And then on Monday, April 27th, we released our list of the top Panther Corner Infielders from the past 10 years. You can view that list here: Concordia High School Baseball All-Decade Team: Corner Infielders
Today, we announce the top Panther Catchers from the decade.
2010s All-Decade Team
Three Catchers (in alphabetical order)
Brent Beaumont - A three-time All-North Central Kansas League honoree, Beaumont hit .370 at the plate and recorded a .565 on-base percentage as a Panther. Co-winner of the Outstanding Senior Baseball Player award in 2018, Brent ended his career with 54 hits and 28 runs batted in. An Honorable Mention All-State pick his senior year, Beaumont also threw 13 runners out as the team's catcher.
Jaden Payeur - A First Team All-North Central Kansas League selection in 2015, Payeur concluded his career with a .276 batting average and a .477 on-base percentage. Jaden scored 26 runs off 32 hits with 21 runs batted in. Payeur holds the program's single-season record for the most runners thrown out in a season with 14 in 2015, and he holds the program's career record for the most runners thrown out with 23. After high school, Payeur signed to play baseball at Cloud County Community College.
Hunter Schroeder - An active member of the Concordia High School Baseball team, Schroeder has registered a .375 career batting average and a .589 on-base percentage in just two seasons with the program. Hunter, a First Team All-North Central Kansas League pick last year, has scored 27 runs off 27 hits while adding 24 runs batted in and 15 stolen bases. Behind the plate, the junior has thrown four runners out.