Pulaski County High School junior Tyler Blevins was the only Cougar baseball player to be named to the first ever All-Conference 24 baseball team, a fact that makes the teams late season success all the more impressive.
Blevins was named to the first team unit as an infielder, where he did an excellent job throughout the season for Pulaski County. It was, however, his offensive threat that helped earn him the spot on the squad. The lanky sophomore earned 27 hits out of 57 chances, equalling a .474 batting average. He was able to get on base 60 out of 90 times to earn a .667 on base percentage. He was also walked 25 times, hit by a pitch 7 times, and stole 6 bases.
He is joined on the first team by players from six other teams. Kemper Terry of Bassett was named as the Player of the Year, and Salem coach Jamie Garst was named Coach of the Year. Samuel Stambaugh and Caleb Davis also were selected from Bassett. Reece Edwards of Carroll County and Camdyn Smith of Jefferson Forest, along with Austin Coulling, Caleb Wegner, Robert Mishianti, and Austin Couling of Salem were selected. The final members of the first team were Hunter Byrnes and Brad Smith of G.W. Danville.
The second team included Taylor Bell, Sean Burch, Tyler Lucy, Christian Bourne, and Zach Duff of Jefferson Forest. It also included Trevor Martin, Jonah McReynolds, Nate Perry, and Corey Martin of Bassett. Trace Davis of Carroll County, Blake Bivens and Brad Smith of G.W. Danville, and Josh Haga and Robert Mischianti of Salem rounded out the second unit.
Indiana Hall and Keyton Elliott of Jefferson Forest, Seth Burris and Kenley Meredith of Carroll County, Cody Dooley and Christian Sowers of Salem, and Corey Ashworth of Bassett High School make up the honorable mention squad.
Two schools in the conference, E.C. Glass and William Fleming, did not have a player selected for the team.
The members of the Conference 24 North All-Region team are expected to be announced after the regional tournament ends.