• Geoff Cowles/News Mount Vernon’s Tim Zeller pitched a complete game in his team’s 5-1 victory over Mansfield Madison in Tuesday’s Ohio Cardinal Conference game.
  • Bill Davis/News Mount Vernon shortstop Tim Zeller (3) throws a batter out at first during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s Ohio Cardinal Conference game against Wooster. The Yellow Jackets won, 12-11.
  • Bill Davis/News East Knox’s Cade Finnell (5) looks to pitch to Highland’s Scotty Adkins during the third inning of Wednesday’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. The Bulldogs won, 3-0.

MOUNT VERNON — It’s hard to sum up exactly how valuable Cade Finnell was to the East Knox Bulldogs this past season.

Finnell was successful with his bat. He was successful as a fielder. And, when they needed an ace on the mound, he was that, too.

Finnell’s all-around performance in leading the Bulldogs to their first ever Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championship earned him the 2017 All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.

Equally hot on the mound was Tim Zeller, Mount Vernon’s ace who developed into the go-to guy when the team needed a win. Zeller was named All-Area Baseball Pitcher of the Year.

Finnell led the Bulldogs in many offensive categories, including batting average (.463), slugging (.701), RBIs (29) and triples (six). As a pitcher, Finnell was even more valuable, accumulating a 7-0 record in the regular season with a 1.20 ERA. He led East Knox with 62 strikeouts.

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Bill Davis: 740-397-5333 or bdavis@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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