Try to hit this: Terre Haute North pitcher Josh Phegley pitches to a Mooresville batter during the Patriots' 4-1 win in the Class 4A Terre Haute South Sectional championship Friday, June 3, 2006. Phegley had twelve strike outs in the win. Thursday morning he was named as the winner of Indiana's Mr. Baseball award.

A list of Indiana’s 15 Mr. Baseball winners reveals a few well-known names.

In 1993, for example, it was Scott Rolen of Jasper. He’s the starting third baseman for the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals.

In 1997, it was Matt Mauck of Jasper. He’s a back-up quarterback for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.

As of Thursday, you can add “Josh Phegley of Terre Haute North” to the prestigious list.

A pitcher and catcher heading for Indiana University, Phegley received the award at the annual Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) banquet in Rose-Hulman’s Hulman Union building.

In voting conducted by Hoosier Diamond Magazine of head coaches throughout the state, Phegley received 276 points. Finishing second with 220 points was Evansville Central shortstop Preston Mattingly. The state’s top pick in the June Major League Baseball draft, Mattingly has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ironically, when Phegley received his Mr. Baseball plaque Thursday, it was handed to him by Coach Kyle Kraemer of arch-rival Terre Haute South.

“I’m glad he’s graduated,” said Kraemer, chairman of the host committee for this weekend’s Indiana North-South All-Star Baseball Series at Rose’s Art Nehf Field. “I’ve told [Terre Haute North Coach] Shawn Turner before that he’s got to be one of the top five high school players I’ve seen in the last 25 years. He’s very deserving of this award.”

Turner agreed that the right person won Mr. Baseball.

“Josh had an exceptional year amidst a crowd of exceptional players,” the Patriots’ coach said. “He’s a great kid and a great player. It’s real proud moment for North High School.”

Turner said that when Phegley arrived at North as a freshmen in 2002, he saw enough potential that turned into a productive career as a four-year starter.

“Offensively, you can tell he’s put the time and the effort in [to improve],” Turner noted. “It’s been an incredible ride to watch him play.”

Phegley led the Patriots to Class 4A sectional and regional titles in 2006, yet those close to him say he never acted like he was more important than the team.

“He’s a humble kid,” North assistant coach Fay Spetter said.

“He never shows an attitude,” Turner added.

“The thing about him is he’s a greater kid than he is a player,” remarked former major-leaguer Brian Dorsett, who served as featured speaker for the banquet.

The versatile Phegley also started at tailback and safety for North’s football team in the fall.

Rounding out the top five in the Mr. Baseball voting were Tony Sedlmeyer of Fort Wayne Snider with 194 points, Dan Black of Carmel with 154 and Jared Baehl of North Posey with 126.

Sedlmeyer will attend Louisiana State University, Black is committed to the University of Mississippi and Baehl was selected in the MLB draft.


IHSBCA banquet notes — Others honored at the IHSBCA banquet were Adam Norton, Andrean, Tom Bradley Rookie of the Year Award; Garrett Segraves, Lewis Cass, Chris Rood Junior of the Year Award; Josh Phegley, Terre Haute North, Marvin Groth Defensive Player of the Year Award; Josh Buell, Angola, Mel Wysong Offensive Player of the Year Award; Tony Sedlmeyer, Fort Wayne Snider, Gene Botriff Pitcher of the Year Award: Mark Ciesielski, Merrillville, Mike Niksic Assistant Coach of the Year Award; Terry Gobert, Jasper, Doc Bolton Coach of the Year Award; and Kamron Long, Linton, Hoosier Diamond’s David Jellison Memorial Award.

n During Dorsett’s speech, he delivered a spot-on impersonation of the late Harry Caray broadcasting a game.

He also admitted that his game was not perfect when he played in the 1980s and 1990s.

“I was slower than molasses,” Dorsett said.

n ESPN Radio sports director John Sherman served as master of ceremonies and retiring Indiana State baseball coach Bob Warn introduced Dorsett to the dinner guests.

Hoosier Diamond Magazine contributed to this report.

2006 Indiana Mr. Baseball voting

Top 5

Player, School Points

Josh Phegley, Terre Haute North 276

Preston Mattingly, Evansville Central 220

Tony Sedlmeyer, Fort Wayne Snider 194

Dan Black, Carmel 154

Jared Baehl, North Posey 126

Past winners of

Indiana’s Mr. Baseball Award

Player, School Year

Chip Pettit, Crown Point 1992

Scott Rolen, Jasper 1993

Allen Stunkel, Gibson Southern 1994

Brad Weber, DeKalb 1995

A.J. Zapp, Center Grove 1996

Matt Mauck, Jasper 1997

J.D. Closser, Alexandria 1998

Bryan Bullington, Madison 1999

Jim Brauer, Carmel 2000

Wes Whisler, Noblesville 2001

Adam Lind, Anderson Highland 2002

Clayton Richards, McCutcheon 2003

Tim LeMasters, Perry Meridian 2004

Lance Lynn, Brownsburg 2005

Josh Phegley

by the numbers

Terre Haute North, 2006

Batting average — .539

Home runs — 13

Runs batted in — 51

Runs scored — 40

Hits — 58

Doubles — 16

Triples — 1

On-base percentage — .637

Pitching record — 8-1

Earned-run average — 1.01

Strikeouts — 67

Thrown-out runners (as a catcher) — 24 of 26

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