June 9 - Kettle Run junior two-way standout Joe Vogatsky was named the Region 4C Player of the Year and Riverside’s Sam Plank was selected as the region’s Coach of the Year.
Vogatsky, who has committed to pitch at James Madison University, led the Cougars (15-10) to the Northwestern District championship and a berth in the Class 4 state tournament before falling to Liberty Christian Academy. He was a first-team selection as a third baseman and pitcher after he hit .404 with a .494 on-base percentage, three home runs and 20 RBI and was 6-3 with three saves, a 2.24 ERA and 82 strikeouts to 14 walks in 59.1 innings.
Plank has engineered a turnaround after the Rams lost their first five games, leading the fourth-year program to a third straight league championship and to the region title. Riverside (17-7) enters Thursday’s Class 4 state semifinal contest against Great Bridge riding an area-best 14-game winning streak.
Joining Vogatsky as first-team picks in the infield were Riverside senior catcher John Heltebran, Sherando senior first baseman Michael Usa, Sherando senior second baseman Jack Duvall and Kettle Run senior shortstop Caden Decroo. Outfielders selected were Riverside senior Sajon Belser, Woodgrove senior Brady Drawbaugh, Sherando senior Hunter Entsminger and Sherando junior Payne Bauer.
Vogatsky, Entsminger and Riverside senior Gunner Canary were the first-team pitchers, while Millbrook senior Jalen Tyson was picked as the designated hitter and Heritage junior Dylan Saale was chosen as the utility player.
To view the entire all-region team, click here.
Photos of coach Sam Plank, left, courtesy of Riverside Baseball and of Kettle Run’s Joe Vogatsky by Michael Greene