Conner Daniel

Conner Daniel and the rest of Cayuga’s strong pitching arsenal helped the ‘Cats to the 20-2A District Championship and Bi-District Title.

The Cayuga High School baseball team, under fourth-year Head Coach Tony Humphreys, has wrapped up a very successful 2019 spring campaign. Their district record of 13-1 put them in first place in District 20-2A, then they earned the Bi-Distrist title when they defeated Carlisle two games to one. The 'Cats were eliminated from the playoffs in the Area battle with Bowie on Saturday, May 11. Their season record was 18-9-1.

Coach Humphreys boasted of his team: “This group of guys just competed in every phase of the game. We have a group of pitchers that throw strikes and give us a shot to play defense. At the plate we had nine batters that competed to have quality at bats. They are a great bunch of young men that are fun to coach.”

Backing up his statement, Coach Humphreys provided some impressive stats from the ‘Cats 2019 season. Cayuga scored 261 runs for the year over 28 games, which included 58 doubles and 6 home runs. Offensive leaders include: Sophomore Garrett Bright (.458, 25 RBI. 2 HR); senior Evan Pate (.403, 22 RBI, 21 stolen bases); sophomore Caden Mullican (.410, 18 RBI, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 29 stolen bases); sophomore Haden McBroom (.369, 24 RBI, 4 HR, 10 doubles); junior Kade Watson (.406 with 14 RBI); senior Eli Lust (.390 with 22 RBI and 22 stolen bases); senior Weston Beckman (.407); freshman Jadan Henry (.333 with 25 RBI) and junior Connor Daniel (.365 and 21 RBI).

Defensive stats confirm the strong pitching to which Humphreys alluded. Cayuga gave up 72 runs over 28 games with a combined ERA of 2.08 and struck out 188 batters while only walking 40. The pitching staff included: Daniel (1.15 ERA, 43 K, 25 innings pitched); McBroom (.382 ERA, 24 K, 18 innings pitched); Pate (3.16 ERA, 43 K, 31 innings pitched); Bright (4 ERA, 33 K, 35 innings pitched); Watson (27 K, 17 innings pitched); and sophomore Kirby Murray (10 K, 10 innings pitched).

Cayuga graduates just four seniors from this squad, and the ‘Cats are looking forward to another successful season next year.