GAINESVILLE – The seven individual class finalists for the 2021 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Baseball and Baseball Coach of the Year have been announced following balloting by a statewide panel of high school baseball coaches and prep media representatives.
Every finalist was the leading vote-getter in their classification, making each one the Player of the Year or Coach of the Year in their class. The two overall winners will be announced following a final round of balloting by coaches and media.
In Class 6A, where Fleming Island lost to Bloomingdale High in the state championship, Golden Eagle pitcher Cody Carwile was chosen as the Class 6A player of the year. Carwile was decisive in the Golden Eagles 6-0 semifinal win over Viera High the day prior to the championship game. Carwile finished ahead of Bloomingdale’s Jack Owens.
Carwile fueled a 25-6 record and the state runnerup finish for Fleming Island with an 11-0 record and an 0.77 ERA. He had 121 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched. Signed with Georgia Tech University.
In the coaches selections for coach of the year, Fleming Island coach Grant Bigilin finished second to Bloomingdale coach Chris Wilken in Class 6A. In Class 2A, St. Johns Country Day School coach Tom Lucas, who finished at 24-7 and lost in the championship game to Out of Door Academy, was voted second in Class 2A to Out of Door coach Mike Mathews.
Also on the players lists, in Class 4A, Clay High pitcher Rich Long, a senior, finished with a 6-0 record and a .44 ERA with 55 strikeouts. Clay coach Josh Persinger was also on the coach ballot for Class 4A.
In Class 3A, Keystone Heights senior infielder Carsen O’Steen was listed. O’Steen had a .370 batting average with four doubles, 25 runs scored and 11 runs batted in. Keystone Heights coach Alan Mattox, who finished at 15-13 with a district title, was listed.
In Class 2A, St. Johns Country Day School senior infielder Connor Moore, a commit to Florida State University, was listed. Moore, who hit numerous game-changing homers in the Spartans’ playoff run to a state runnerup finish, had a .383 batting average, 11 homers and 40 runs batted in.
Following are the 2021 Mr. Baseball Award finalists:
*Sean Hermann, Senior, Pitcher, Durant, Class 7A Player of the Year
Helped his squad to a 22-6 regular-season record and a spot in the Final Four with a 9-0 record and an 0.36 ERA. He had 135 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 78 innings pitched. Signed with the University of South Florida.
*Andrew Ildefonso, Sophomore, Pitcher, Archbishop McCarthy, Class 5A Player of the Year
Helped his squad to a 22-9 record and a state runnerup finish with a 10-1 record and a 1.32 ERA. He had 78 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched. He also had a .365 batting average with 11 doubles and 16 RBI.
*Deric Fabian, Senior, Shortstop, North Marion, Class 4A Player of the Year
Helped his team to a 21-9 record and a state runnerup finish with a .462 batting average, eight doubles, five triples, 13 home runs, 38 runs scored and 52 runs batted in. Signed with the University of Florida.
*Isaac Sewell, Junior, Pitcher, The First Academy, Class 3A Player of the Year
Helped his team to a 31-1 record and the Class 3A state championship with a 14-0 record and a 1.13 ERA. He had 112 strikeouts in 87 innings pitched. He has committed to Virginia Tech University.
*Logan Tribble, Junior, Outfielder, Out-of-Door Academy, Class 2A Player of the Year
Helped his team to a 24-3 record and the Class 2A state title with a .453 batting average, nine doubles, five triples, two home runs, 34 runs scored and 24 runs batted in.
*Justen Crews, Senior, Pitcher/Second Baseman, Newberry, Co-Class 1A Player of the Year
Helped his team to a 25-1 record and the Class 1A state title with a .584 batting average, 11 doubles, six home runs, 46 runs scored and 29 runs batted in. He had a 3-0 record with a 2.33 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched.
*Luke Ridley, Senior, Pitcher/Third Baseman, Newberry, Co-Class 1A Player of the Year
Helped his team to a 25-1 record and the Class 1A state title with a 7-0 record and a 1.02 ERA. He had 110 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched. Had a .367 batting average with 29 runs scored and 26 runs batted in.
Following are the 2021 Baseball Coach of the Year finalists:
*Todd Fitz-Gerald, Stoneman Douglas, Class 7A Coach of the Year
Led his squad to a 28-2 record and the Class 7A state title. In 10 years at Stoneman Douglas he has posted a 196-53 record with two state titles (2016 and 2021). His career record of 446-119 includes a 10-year stint at Plantation American Heritage where he won a state tile (2008) and added two other Final Four appearances (2002 and 2009).
*Kris Wilken, Bloomingdale, Class 6A Coach of the Year
Led his team to a 24-6 record and the Class 6A state title. In 14 years at Bloomingdale, Wilken has a 221-123 record with a state runnerup finish in 2014.
*Jon Hudson, Mosley, Class 5A Coach of the Year
Led his team to a 27-5 record and the Class 5A state title. In six years at the school, Hudson has a 121-30 record with a state runnerup finish in 2016.
*Brian Campbell, North Broward Prep, Class 4A Coach of the Year
Campbell led his team to a 21-10 record and the Class 4A state title. In 14 years at NBP, Campbell has a 206-165 record with Final Four appearances in 2011 and 2014.
*Scott Grove, The First Academy, Class 3A Coach of the Year
Grove led his school to a 31-1 record and the Class 3A state title. In eight years at The First Academy he has a 156-51 record. His overall record in 23 years is 490-82, including stops at Timber Creek and Colonial.
*Mike Mathews, Out-of-Door Academy, Class 2A Coach of the Year
In his first year as head coach at Out-of-Door Academy, Mathews led his squad to a 24-3 record and the Class 2A state championship.
*Mike Spina, Newberry, Class 1A Coach of the Year
Led his squad to a 25-1 record and the Class 1A state championship. In four years at Newberry he has posted a 63-25 record.