Lowder, Windish named all-conference

Joseph Lowder struck out 111 batters during his junior season.

Sophomore Turtle Windish led the Huskies with a .429 batting average.

WEST JEFFERSON — Ace pitcher Joseph Lowder and sophomore Turtle Windish were the two Ashe County Husky players represented on the 2015 Mountain Valley All-Conference team.

Lowder finished the season starting 10 games and pitching four games in relief, going 5-6 overall with an impressive 1.63 earned run average. The junior pitched 64 and a third innings with 111 strikeouts. He also hit .328 on the season, good enough for third best on the team.

Windish, son of head coach Mike Windish, had a great debut for the Husky baseball team this season. The sophomore shortstop led Ashe with a .429 batting average, scored 19 runs, knocked in eight more runs and led the way with eight stolen bases.

Ashe also had a pair of players make the honorable mention list.

Senior Hunter Barnes hits .306 on the season and scored 18 runs while leading the team with 21 RBIs and two home runs.

Junior catcher Bradley Richie was second on the team in hitting with a .360 average and led the team with 20 runs scored. Richie knocked in eight runs and had one homer on the season.

Elkin’s Daniel Brinegar took home MVAC Player of the Year honors and West Wilkes head coach Drew Ward was MVAC Coach of the Year.

MVAC All-Conference

Evan Adams (Wilkes Central)

Will Altemueller (Elkin)

John Bauguess (West Wilkes)

Daniel Brinegar (Elkin)

Seth Brown (Wilkes Central)

Nick Bumgarner (North Wilkes)

Andrew Carlton (Wilkes Central)

Logan Church (West Wilkes)

Sawyer Davis (Starmount)

Aaron Eddins (West Wilkes)

Tanner Edwards (Elkin)

Will Jolly (East Wilkes)

Joseph Lowder (Ashe)

Matt McMillian (Alleghany)

Taylor Post (Alleghany)

Levi Ray (East Wilkes)

Luke Shore (Starmount)

Henry Stone (Starmount)

Jeremiah Triplett (West Wilkes)

Hogan “Turtle” Windish (Ashe)

Honorable mention

Alec Anderson (Wilkes Central)

Chandler Bare (East Wilkes)

Hunter Barnes (Ashe)

Jackson Carter (Elkin)

Evan Edmiston (West Wilkes)

Zach Freed (Starmount)

Colby Greene (North Wilkes)

Cameron Laws (West Wilkes)

Houston Murphy (Alleghany)

Zach Nixon (East Wilkes)

Dalton Oliver (Starmount)

Daniel Pruitt (North Wilkes)

Jordan Pruitt (Alleghany)

Bradley Richie (Ashe)

Cole Susi (Wilkes Central)

Matthew Martir-Tullock (Elkin)

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

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