Bryan Station's Combs named Mr. Baseball; Woodford's Parrett coach of year

mfields@herald-leader.comJune 12, 2012 

  • All-State Teams

    Named by the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association

    FIRST TEAM

    Dylan Dwyer, Calloway Co.; Blaine Alvey, Union Co.; Tyler Robertson, Russell Co.; Drew Harrington, Central Hardin; Hunter Johnson, Pleasure Ridge Park; Jonah Philley, Eastern; Will Smith, Kentucky Country Day; Trey Simpson, Male; Jordan Simons, South Oldham; Chase Mullins, Bourbon Co.; Ryne Combs, Bryan Station; Michael Bollmer, Bryan Station; Walker Buehler, Henry Clay; Will Hurt, Lexington Catholic; Anderson Miller, Lafayette; Storm Wilson, Somerset; Zach Storm, North Laurel; Rob Caudill, Danville.

    SECOND TEAM

    Sam Higgs, Henderson Co.; Dalton West, Apollo; Bo Wilson, Meade Co.; Josh Bartley, South Warren; Jackson Sowell, Bowling Green; Michael Davis, Eastern; Blake Oyler, Male; Doug Teegarden, Boone Co.; Jake Lankheit, Covington Catholic; Jordan Martin, Harrison Co.; Trey Gross, Madison Central; Zach Haynes, Lexington Catholic; Zach Arnold, Franklin Co.; David Hayes, Powell Co.; Tyler Williams, Belfry; Connor Robinson, East Carter; Sam Hunter, Ashland; Trey Salisbury, Boyd Co.

    HONORABLE MENTION

    1st Region: Jack Coleman, Lone Oak; Adam Riley, Graves Co.; John Lollar, Murray. 2nd Region: Justin Cessna, Henderson Co. 3rd Region: Matt Johnson, Apollo; Garrett Ledford, Meade Co.; Tyler Tichenor, Ohio Co. 4th Region: Trevor Lowe, Warren Central; Parker Cash, Glasgow; Derek Brock, Bowling Green; Hunter Best, Russell Co. 5th Region: Troy Squires, Central Hardin; Jared Denton, Adair Co. 6th Region: Clayton Kelly, North Bullitt; Andrew Bramley, Pleasure Ridge Park; Blake Beamer, Butler; Hunter Wood, Bullitt East; Tyler Tipton, DeSales. 7th Region: Robert Strader, Eastern; Josh Bynum, Manual; Cody Maerz, Jeffersontown; Austin Warner, Trinity; Colin McFarland, St. Xavier; Andrew Willinger, St. Xavier; Sam Melchior, St. Xavier. 8th Region: Chris Cervantes, Collins; Stone Osborne, Owen Co. 9th Region: Ben Maile, Covington Catholic; Josh Cain, Newport Catholic; Leiff Clarkson, Ryle; Mark Downs, Ryle. 10th Region: Hunter Hill, Harrison Co.; Nate Verst, Bishop Brossart; Tanner Norton, Bishop Brossart; Logan McQuerry, Clark Co. 11th Region: Tyler Jackson, Lexington Catholic; Colton Cleary, Lexington Catholic; Evan Fraliex, Lexington Catholic; Cole Metcalfe, Madison Central; Will Warman, Scott Co.; Logan Parrett, Woodford Co.; Clinton Hollon, Woodford Co.; Tyler Cox, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Dorian Hairston, Tates Creek. 12th Region: Andrew Lasure, Danville; Dalton James, West Jessamine; John Ingram, Mercer Co.; Logan Starnes, Southwestern. 13th Region: Trace Vorbeck, Corbin; Marcus Carson, North Laurel; Trent Abner, South Laurel. 14th Region: Alex Hamilton, Breathitt Co.; Eric Hubbard, Leslie Co.; Austin Johnson, Hazard; Matt Pelfrey, Powell Co. 15th Region: Gavin Miller, Pikeville; Logan Simpkins, Johnson Central. 16th Region: Logan Salow, Ashland.

  • Mr. Baseball winners

    2012: Ryne Combs, Bryan Station

    2011: Mark Biggs, Warren East

    2010: J.T. Riddle, Western Hills

    2009: Luke Maile, Cov. Catholic

    2008: Zack Cox, PRP

    2007: Ben Revere, Lex. Catholic

    2006: Nathan Adcock, N. Hardin

    2005: Chaz Roe, Lafayette

    2004: Collin Cowgill, Henry Clay

    2003: Josh Ellis, Paul Dunbar

    2002: Brad Corley, PRP

    2001: Jeremy Sowers, Ballard

    2000: Spencer Graeter, Ballard

    1999: Joe Blanton, Franklin-Simpson

    1998: Austin Kearns, Lafayette

    1997: Scott Hodges, Henry Clay

    1996: Aaron McGlone, Greenup Co.

    1995: Brad Wilkerson, Apollo

    1994: Scott Downs, PRP

    1993: Dion Newby, Harrison Co.

    1992: Shon Walker, Harrison Co.

    1991: Trever Miller, Lou. Trinity

    1990: Darren Burton, Pulaski Co.

    1989: Tab Brown, St. Xavier

Ryne Combs, who starred as a pitcher, center fielder and leadoff hitter for Bryan Station, was named Kentucky's Mr. Baseball.

The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association also announced that Jeff Parrett, who led Woodford County to its first state title this season, was selected Coach of the Year.

Combs, a senior left-hander who has signed with Kentucky, found out he had won the award during Bryan Station's baseball banquet Tuesday night.

He said "it feels amazing to be put in the category" with six other players from Lexington who have won Mr. Baseball: Scott Hodges and Collin Cowgill of Henry Clay, Austin Kearns and Chaz Roe of Lafayette, Josh Ellis of Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Ben Revere of Lexington Catholic.

Combs posted a 10-1 record this season, including a victory over No. 1 Lexington Catholic in the region tournament. He finished with a 0.59 earned run average, and 105 strikeouts in 71 innings. He had a career record of 23-5, four saves and a 1.47 ERA.

"He's a special, once-in-a-lifetime player," Bryan Station Coach Eddie Brooks said. "And he's a quality young man on and off the field."

Combs hit .363 this season with 11 doubles, five triples, three homers and 24 stolen bases. He had an on-base percentage of .570.

"He was the engine that got our train going on offense," Brooks said.

Combs, who was named Gatorade's player of the year in Kentucky two weeks ago, received one more accolade at Bryan Station's banquet Tuesday night. He had his jersey (No. 10) retired.

"That's amazing, too, especially considering Doug Flynn (No. 23) is the only other player to have that done here," Combs said.

Brooks said UK will have a hard time keeping Combs off the mound as one of its weekend pitchers in Southeastern Conference play. "That's how much faith I have in his talent."

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