Concordia High School Baseball All-Decade Team: Utility/Designated Hitter
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.
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.
And on Tuesday, April 28th, we shared our selections for the top Panther Catchers from the decade. You can view that list here: Concordia High School Baseball All-Decade Team: Catchers
Today, we conclude the All-Decade Team by announcing our Utility Player/Designated Hitter honorees.
2010s All-Decade Team
Three Utility/Designated Hitter (in alphabetical order)
Jordan Brown - A three-time All-North Central Kansas League recipient, Brown ended his career hitting .367 with a .563 on-base percentage. Over four years, Jordan scored 82 runs off 80 hits while notching 59 runs batted in and 60 stolen bases. Behind the plate, Brown also threw 11 runners out in his career. Jordan signed with Cloud County Community College and also played collegiately for Tabor College and Dickinson State University.
Gavin Koester - Co-winner of the Outstanding Senior Baseball Player award in 2010, Koester batted .391 at the plate with a .604 career on-base percentage. A three-time All-North Central Kansas League pick, Koester scored 90 runs off 77 hits while driving in 38 runs and stealing 32 bases.
Gavin Thomas - An active member of the Concordia High School Baseball program, Thomas has batted .475 at the plate with a .646 on-base percentage through his freshman and sophomore seasons. Gavin has scored 17 runs off 28 hits with 28 runs batted in and three career stolen bases. Last year, Thomas received All-North Central Kansas League recognition.