LEWISTOWN — Brian Yetter was honored with the inaugural Buck Riden/Jim Hockenbrock Award, which will be presented annually to Mifflin County High School’s best baseball player. The first award was given Wednesday during the school’s athletic awards ceremony.
Tristen Lockett finished second in the voting while Noah Wright took third.
The award is named after Buck Riden and Jim Hockenbrock, who coached 39 years together at Kishacoquillas and Indian Valley. The duo compiled a 396-231-1 record, winning four District 6 titles and in 1990, took Indian Valley to the PIAA Class 3A final against Red Lion.
“It feels awesome to win the Riden Award. I’m very honored and blessed,” Yetter said. “It’s been a great season. I love playing with these guys and we are not done yet. We still have a district championship to win.”
Mifflin County (8-10) holds the No. 2 seed and hosts State College Friday at 4 p.m. The Huskies made the playoffs by beating the Little Lions 6-5 last week, scoring all six runs in the bottom of the seventh.
“Right now, it feels good to be rewarded for my season. At the same time, stay humble and we have to win a couple more baseball games to reach our goal,” Yetter said.
Yetter is hitting .333 with a team-leading .529 on base percentage. He’s the team leader in RBIs and extra base hits and he is a top producer in walks, runs and hits. As a pitcher, the Husky junior is 2-3 with a 2.30 ERA. He’s second on the team in strikeouts and innings pitched, behind Lockett.
“It feels awesome. I want to set and example for the athletes that are following me, baseball players that are following me,” Yetter said. “I’m a competitor. You go out there everyday and give it your all. The person I am on the field is not the person I am off the field. To win the first one is awesome and I hope future baseball players come in and feed off of that.”
Lockett is a senior pitcher headed to Lock Haven University and Wright will take his athletic talents to Juniata College to play baseball and football.
The Riden/Hockenbrock award is presented by the Husky Club to Mifflin County’s top baseball player. Nominees are voted on by local media, including The Sentinel, and representatives of the Mifflin County High School’s athletic department. Each voter chose three candidates, with points awarded to first, second and third-place vote recipients and the award going to the athlete with the highest vote total.