Jinks lands Region 7-AAAAA pitcher of the year; Cass places three on team


The Woodland baseball team came up just short in its pursuit of a playoff spot this year, but the efforts of the team's players didn't go unnoticed.

Seven Wildcats landed on the all-Region 7-AAAAA team with senior Kenny Jinks also being named pitcher of the year. Meanwhile, Cass placed three on the team.

Woodland's Marco Haro and the Cass duo of Evan Hinton and Steven Spell made the first team. The Wildcats' Koby Stansel and Dylan Webb joined Colonels catcher Nathan Smith on the second team.

Jordan Lee, Bailey Ward, Toby Queen and Garrett Cornett — all from Woodland — landed honorable-mention honors.

Jinks overcame some early season control issues to dominate in region play. The left-hander posted a 4-2 record in eight region games, posting a 1.59 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He also struck out 47 batters in 44 innings.

Lee hit right at .400 in league play with Webb just a notch below. Haro also posted a stellar batting line with a .370 average a team-high 13 RBIs over 17 region contests.

Cornett and Queen led the Wildcats in runs scored, crossing the plate 15 and 14 times, respectively. Ward was a solid hitter, but his biggest contributions came behind the plate for Woodland.

Stansel provided a boost at the plate and the mound for Colby Coursey's crew. He went 3-2 with an ERA just north of 2.00, while hitting .309 with a .406 on-base percentage in region play.

Over the course of the season, Spell proved to be Cass' most consistent hitter. He finished with .319/.495/.565 slash line with a 1.060 OPS. The senior also finished with four home runs and 17 RBIs.

Hinton provided some power, as well. He had six doubles, two triples and two home runs with 19 runs scored and 16 RBIs. On the hill, Hinton went 4-2 with 66 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings.

For his part, Smith hit right at .300 with a .406 OBP and 13 runs driven in.