Concordia High School Baseball All-Decade Team: Corner Infielders
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.
Today, we announce the top Panther Corner Infielders from the past 10 years.
2010s All-Decade Team
Four Corner Infielders (in alphabetical order)
Brendan Hardaway - A two-time All-North Central Kansas League honoree, Hardaway registered a career .399 batting average and a .490 on-base percentage in four years at Concordia High School. Brendan, who is tied with Creighton Leif for the most singles in a single-season in program history with 29 in 2011, scored 46 runs off 57 hits while driving in 47 runs during his career. Hardaway, who also split time in the Panther pitching rotation, is tied for the single-season record for saves with 4. He signed with Cloud County Community College and also played collegiately at Dickinson State University.
Skyler Hittle - A 2014 All-State selection, Hittle concluded his Panther career batting .366 at the plate with a .539 on-base percentage. Co-winner of the 2014 Outstanding Senior Baseball Player award, Skyler hammered out 82 hits and 99 runs batted in while scoring 50 runs in four years. A three-time All-North Central Kansas League recipient at three different positions -- as an Infielder in 2012, a catcher in 2013 and a pitcher in 2014 -- Hittle is tied for the single-season record in innings pitched with 69 1/3 innings thrown in 2014, and he holds the best single-season caught stealing by catcher percentage in program history at 52.6% in 2013. After high school, Skyler signed to wrestle at Fort Hays State University.
Nick Thomas - Playing just his freshman and sophomore seasons in Concordia, Thomas finished with a .393 batting average and a .541 on-base percentage on his way to earning All-North Central Kansas League recognition in 2013 and 2014. Nick pounded out 53 hits and 42 runs batted in while scoring 43 runs for Concordia. Thomas later transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on his way to earning a football scholarship with the University of Wisconsin.
Casey Zimmerman - A co-winner of the 2010 Outstanding Senior Baseball Player award, Zimmerman ended his Panther career hitting .371 at the plate with a .552 on-base percentage. Casey racked up 52 runs on 52 hits with 40 runs batted in and 25 career stolen bases. Zimmerman earned All-North Central Kansas League recognition in 2009 and 2010.
Ian Nordell - .282 batting average; .450 on-base percentage; 50 hits; 41 runs; 40 RBIs
Derek Pearson - .333 batting average; .567 on-base percentage; 28 hits; 19 runs; 30 RBIs
Tyler Stupka - .309 batting average; .487 on-base percentage; 42 hits; 33 runs; 40 RBIs