New Richmond senior Austin Skaggs has been named to the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Division II all-state team as an outfielder.
New Richmond senior Austin Skaggs receives all-state honors after
leading the Lions in most offensive categories.
|Austin Skagges steals second against Cincinnati Taft.|
Skaggs was 7-2 in 52 innings as a starting pitcher, striking out 36 batters and recording an earned run average of 2.94.
In addition to playing baseball, Skaggs was a two-time state qualifier in wrestling for the Lions.
Skaggs becomes the 9th New Richmond baseball player to make the coaches’ all-state team. Other all-state players were Greg Higgins (1971), Gary Higgins (1977), Chris Hawkins (1982), Brian Benzinger (1985), Jeff Ast (1986), Cory Lytle (1990), Toby Shamblin (1991) and Brad Blankenship (1993).
Ironically, Todd Benzinger (1981), who is arguably the best baseball player in New Richmond history, did not make the all-state team but was named to an All-America team and went on to play nine years in the Major Leagues and was a member of the 1990 World Champion Cincinnati Reds.
Clermont Northeastern’s Tanner Sanders received honorable mention on the coaches’ Div. II all-state team which is available at http://associationdatabase.com/aws/OHSBCA/asset_manager/get_file/48415?ver=1230.