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June 9, 2014

Pike shares top baseball honor

Pike, Frazier named co-South Seven Conference Players of the Year

PEORIA —

Jake Pike claimed co-Player of the Year in the South Seven Conference after a stellar season for the Rams baseball team this season.

He shared the postseason award with Althoff's Luke Frazier.

It's a nice honor for Jake,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said. “He is very deserving. Jake is a good athlete, tough competitor, and he's the type of player that's well respected by his teammates and coaches.”

This is the fifth straight season a Mt. Vernon player has won or shared the highest conference award.

Pike was a top offensive threat again this season for the Rams, who finished 19-17-1 overall. He ended the season with a .359 batting average, which was second on the team. He led Mt. Vernon with runs scored (43), RBI (37) doubles (10) and triples (4). He was also second on the team with three home runs.

We relied on Jake heavily for offense this year,” Holloway said. “ He has the ability to hit the ball to all fields. He has power and good speed to go with it. And he rarely strikes out.

He's also had that knack for the clutch hit. He came through a lot for us the last couple years.”

Pike moved from the leadoff spot in the lineup a season ago for a Rams team that finished fourth in 3A to No. 3 in the batting order.

He was a guy that competed hard and tried to make everyone else around him better, and that's the type of player coaches always want to have around,” Holloway said. “Jake will be missed.”

Offense wasn't the only adjustment for Pike. On the defensive side, he switched from outfield to first base.

We needed him to move back to first base this year, and he was more than willing to play wherever we needed him,” Holloway said.

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