Concordia High School Baseball All-Decade Team: Middle 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
Today, we announce the top Panther Middle Infielders from the past 10 years.
2010s All-Decade Team
Four Middle Infielders (in alphabetical order)
Drake Hake - A three-time All-North Central Kansas League selection, Hake batted .442 while registering a .653 on-base percentage in four years at Concordia High School. Hake finished his playing career with 100 runs scored off 88 hits with 48 runs batted in and 44 stolen bases. A Second Team All-State recipient in 2015, Hake had zero strikeouts at the plate in 2015. He also posted the program's single-season record for best on-base percentage at .707 in 2013, and he holds the career record for Hit-By-Pitch at 24. A co-winner of the Outstanding Senior Baseball Player award in 2015, Hake signed to play baseball at Fort Hays State University.
Creighton Leif - A Second Team All-State pick in 2011, Leif concluded his Concordia High School Baseball career with a .397 batting average and a .602 on-base percentage after recording 81 hits, 100 runs, 50 runs batted in and 27 stolen bases. The Outstanding Senior Baseball Player award winner in 2011, Creighton holds the program's single-season record for runs scored with 40 in 2011, and is tied for the most singles in a single season at 29 in 2009. A two-time All-North Central Kansas League Infield selection, Leif played collegiately at Hastings College.
Jordan Mehl - Another three-time All-North Central Kansas League honoree, Mehl ended his time as a Panther with a .397 career batting average and a .563 on-base percentage. Jordan racked up 102 hits, 75 runs and 81 runs batted in during his high school career. A Second Team All-State selection in 2014, Mehl holds three single-season records -- the most hits in a year with 41 in 2014; most RBIs in a season with 42 in 2014; and the top batting average in a single year at .577 in 2014. Co-winner of the Outstanding Senior Baseball Player award in 2014, Mehl signed with Tabor College out of high school. Jordan also played collegiately at Cloud County Community College and Wayne State University.
Jacob Williams - Concordia's only senior on the 2020 club, Williams' career came to an abrupt end because of the elimination of spring sports due to coronavirus. A three-year starter and a two-time All-North Central Kansas League honoree, Williams was coming off a 2019 campaign that saw him hit .316 on the season with 24 hits, 30 runs scored, and 18 runs batted in while leading Concordia with 18 stolen bases on his way to receiving First-Team All-NCKL Infield recognition. An Honorable Mention All-State honoree in 2018, Jacob ends his career with a .319 batting average and a .510 on-base percentage with 61 runs off 51 hits with 38 RBIs and 40 stolen bases.
Colby Trost - .287 batting average; .490 on-base percentage; 56 hits; 48 runs; 49 RBIs