Fremont First State Bank’s Austin Callahan finished as the top Senior Legion hitter this summer.
Callahan, a Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College recruit, finished with a .493 average. He edged Trey Frahm of OrthoNebraska (Elkhorn), who hit .492.
Callahan also led the state in hits (70). He tied with Papillion Pinnacle Bank’s Connor Barnett for the lead in doubles (18) and was second to Roof-Tech’s Max Anderson in RBIs with 49.
The Fremont infielder helped his squad capture the Class A Legion state championship for the first time since 1946.
At the regional in Hastings, he also became the first high school player since 2011 to hit a home run at Duncan Field.
Anderson, a Texas A&M recruit, had 56 RBIs for Roof-Tech (Millard West) to lead the state. Other final offensive leaders were Barnett with 57 runs, Cole Payton of KB Building Services (Omaha Westside) with nine triples, Quinn Mason of Gretna with 13 home runs and Jaysson Valle of Jordan’s Studio (Omaha South) with 46 stolen bases.
Final pitching leaders were Brody Sintek of Fremont with 12 wins and 98 strikeouts, Riley Eckhardt of Hastings with a 0.32 ERA and Frahm with eight saves.
The real McCoy
It was mentioned in a recent World-Herald story that Paul Menking pitched his 1946 Fremont squad to victory over Omaha McFaydens in the Legion state final.
But the other pitcher in that game, left-hander Dick McCoy, also deserves mention.
McCoy, a graduate of Omaha North, threw well in that championship game but was hurt by some costly errors. Fremont won 4-0 and advanced to regionals in Hastings.
While Menking went on to pitch in the Chicago Cubs’ system, McCoy pitched in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ system. He played professionally from 1948 to 1955 and reached Triple-A.
McCoy was 59-51 in his 231-game professional career.
Thanks to reader Dale Barr Jr. for the “rest of the story” info. He added that McCoy and his wife, Molly, still live in Omaha.
Bidroski to enter hall
Former Omaha Roncalli infielder Scott Bidroski is one of three athletes who will be inducted into the Wayne State hall of fame in October.
Bidroski, a 2007 graduate of Wayne State, was a four-year starter for the Wildcats at shortstop and third base. He remains the school’s all-time leader in RBIs (192), at-bats (757) and assists, and is second in hits (267) and total bases (412).
He also is among the school’s career leaders in home runs (27), doubles (50) and runs (183).
Bidroski coached high school baseball at Roncalli and Columbus before coaching the Gordon-Rushville-Hay Springs Post 34 Legion team. He lives in Gordon with wife, Haley, and their three children.
Strong Series start
Festus, Missouri, the winner of the recent Mid-South Regional, got off to a strong start Thursday at the eight-team Legion World Series.
Festus posted a 4-1 victory over Albuquerque. Regional MVP Jordan Duncan scored a run and closed out the game in the seventh, striking out two.
Starter Brendan Smock held the New Mexico champion to two hits in six innings.
Festus (37-13), making its first Legion World Series appearance in 10 years, lost its second game to Destrehan (La.) 9-1 Friday and plays again Sunday.
The Legion postseason meeting will be Oct. 19 and is tentatively scheduled in Gibbon.
The proposed postseason dates for 2020 will be voted upon. Input should be sent to each area’s committee representative.
The 2020 dates:
Class A Juniors and Seniors Area: July 10-15. Class A Juniors and Seniors State: July 18-22. Class A Playoff: July 25-26. Class B and C Seniors Area: July 24-28. Class B and C Seniors State: Aug. 1-5. Class B and C Juniors Area: July 10-14. Class B and C Juniors State: July 18-22.