Phillips heads five KCKCC all-Jayhawk baseball selections

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Led by first baseman Alex Phillips, Kansas City Kansas Community College placed five players on 2017 All-Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division baseball teams.

Alex Phillips

A sophomore from Van Alstyne, Texas, Phillips was the lone Blue Devil named to the first team. Second team selections included second baseman Easton Fortuna, outfielder Tyler Pittman and pitchers Shae Stephens and Corey Cowan.

In addition, five Blue Devils earned honorable mention – shortstop Albert Woodard, outfielders Josh Schumacher and Chase Redick and pitchers Jake Purl and Julian Rivera. All are sophomores with the exception of Pittman, Schumacher and Rivera.

A transfer from Northwestern Oklahoma State, Phillips finished fourth in the Jayhawk in both hitting (.418) and runs-batted-in (72). He also led the Blue Devils in home runs (10), hits (87), extra base hits (32) and slugging percentage (.683).

Tyler Pittman

Pittman, a centerfielder from Blue Springs South, led the Jayhawk in stolen bases with 31. He also finished second in team hitting with a .386 average, led in sacrifices with 15 and drove in 36 runs. A graduate of Park Hill South, Fortuna batted .332 with 35 RBI.

Easton Fortuna
Shae Stephens

A southpaw from Mill Valley, Stephens finished second in the Jayhawk Conference in strikeouts with 89 while compiling a 6-4 record and a 3.95 earned run average. Cowan, a righthander from Turner, had a 5-0 record and the lowest ERA among starters at 3.32.

Woodard, a two-year starter at shortstop from Nashville, Tenn., batted .372 and finished fifth in the Jayhawk in stolen bases with 25. A Shawnee Mission North grad, Redick finished second in runs-batted-in (42) and home runs (10) while hitting .312 while Schumacher, a freshman from Aurora, Colo., hit .365 with 32 RBI.

Purl, a righthander from Park Hill South with a 4.81 ERA, led the Blue Devils in wins (8-3) and was fifth in the conference in strikeouts with 87. Rivera, a freshman from Kissimme, Fla., led the Blue Devils in saves with four with compiling a 3-1 record with a 3.60 ERA.

Julian Rivera

Cowley College, which won the Region VI championship and a berth in the NJCAA World Series, dominated the first team with eight elections. Shortstop Jake Means was named the Division’s Most Valuable Player, second baseman Kea’Von Edwards was selected Freshman of the Year and Dave Burroughs Coach of the Year. Johnson County’s Brendan Stanek was chosen Pitcher of the year.

Rain possible in region today

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Scattered storms are possible on Thursday, mainly before 9 a.m., in the Wyandotte County area, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain clouds were mostly south of the Wyandotte County area this morning, according to radar maps from the weather service.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain, according to the forecast. Skies will be cloudy, then gradually clear, and there will be a high near 81 today, with a southeast wind of 9 mph, the weather service said.

Small hail and gusty winds are possible with this activity, and no severe weather is anticipated, according to the weather service.

Dry conditions will return briefly for Friday, as temperatures climb into the mid-80s heading into the weekend, according to the weather service.

Additional rain showers and thunderstorms will develop over the region on Saturday morning, according to the weather service, with no severe weather expected.

Tonight, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 66, and a south southeast wind of 6 to 9 mph, according to the weather service.

Friday, it will be sunny with a high near 85, the weather service said, and a south wind of 6 to 10 mph.

Friday night, the low will be around 67 with a south wind of 6 to 8 mph, according to the weather service.

Saturday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 84, with a south southwest wind of 5 to 8 mph.

Saturday night, there is a 30 percent chance of showers and storms, mainly before 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 67.

Sunday, the skies will be sunny, with a high near 87, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of 63, according to the weather service.

Monday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 81, the weather service said.