MT. VERNON —
“I just wanted to do my part,” Thomas said. “Whatever coach asked me to do, I would be more than happy to step up for him,” Thomas said. “I just love the game so much that you just want to be part of every facet of it.”
Thomas added that he enjoyed his increased pitching role this season.
“It turned out a lot better than I expected, honestly,” Thomas said. “Defense and offense is just a normal part of the game, but definitely I enjoyed pitching a lot more this year.”
Collin Young started at catcher for Mt. Vernon and was a key offensive and defensive cog for the Rams.
“Not many balls get past Collin, he has an accurate, strong arm, and he is a good defensive captain for us,” Holloway said. “He makes good decisions, and he is very deserving in that catcher position.”
Colten Meador was another middle of the order hitter for the Rams and played first base.
“Colten turned into a fine first baseman as well as providing some offensive firepower for us,” Holloway said.
Matthew Williams played the critical defensive position of shortstop and gave the Rams a solid bat in the lower part of the order.
“Matt Williams has had an unbelievable two years at shortstop,” Holloway said. “He makes every routine but also makes some very difficult plays.”
Jake Pike led off for the Rams and played right field. He helped jumpstart the Rams offense with his speed and power from the left side.
“Jake has very good athleticism,” Holloway said. “He's very competitive.”
Hayden Poninski spent most of his season as the team's designated hitter. He also filled in at second base for Trevor Flota.
“He can play anywhere,” Holloway said. “He played some second base. He's capable of playing short, played the outfield for us and had some clutch at-bats throughout the season.”