A pair of Mitchell Post 18 baseball players were selected to the Class A American Legion all-state team, as decided by the state's coaches.
Brady Hawkins was selected to the team as a pitcher and infielder, the only player on the team to be picked at two positions. On the mound, Hawkins was 6-0, with a 1.38 earned-run average with 64 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched. On defense, Hawkins hit .420 with a .539 on-base percentage with seven doubles, three triples, two home runs and 53 RBIs.
In the outfield, Carson Max was selected to the team with a .414 batting average and a .530 on-base percentage. He had 10 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and drove in 52 runs on the season.
Max is slated to play collegiate baseball at South Dakota State University next year, while Hawkins recently announced he will join the Jackrabbits after graduating high school in 2020.
Post 18's Carson Max, right, celebrates with teammate Brady Hawkins, 5, after scoring off a two-run home run over right field during the first game of a doubleheader against Brandon Valley on Thursday at Cadwell Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Post 18's Carson Max, right, celebrates with teammate Brady Hawkins, 5, after scoring off a two-run home run over right field during the first game of a doubleheader against Brandon Valley on Thursday at Cadwell Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell was 33-17 on the year and played in the Class A state tournament for a third straight season. The complete team is listed below. Rapid City Post 22 had three total selections, while state champion Renner and Pierre had two picks each.




Class A all-state Legion baseball team

Pitchers

Grey Zabel — Pierre, 6-2, 3.10 ERA, 50 K/20 BB

Zach Whitesell — Rapid City Post 22, 9-0, 1.43 ERA, 58 K/22 BB, 68 IP

Brady Hawkins — Mitchell, 6-0, 1.38 ERA, 64 K, 50 IP

Kieren Luellman — Yankton, 6-1, 2.42 ERA, 40 K/26 BB, 52 IP

Reece Arbogast — Renner, 6-5 , 3.00 ERA , 53 K/14 BB, 65 IP

Catcher

Cade Hinkle — Pierre, .264 avg, .410 OBP, 56% caught-stealing rate.

Infield

Joe Kolbeck — Brandon Valley, .425 avg., .550 OBP, 16 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 37 RBI

Ryan Bachman — Rapid City Post 22, .411 avg., 1.206 OPS, 7 HR, 76 runs scored, 54 RBI

Matt Hegre — Rapid City Post 22, .415 avg., 1.272 OPS, 9 HR, 50 runs scored, 57 RBI

Brady Hawkins — Mitchell, .420 avg., .539 OBP, 7 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 53 RBI

Outfield

Carson Max — Mitchell, .414 avg., .530 OBP, 10 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 52 RBI

Nick Hoekstra — Renner — .414 avg., .495 OBP, 11 HR, 15 2B, 3 3B, 48 RBI

Nathan Gonnelly — Watertown — .344 avg., 9 HR, 54 RBI

Mason Crow — Sioux Falls West — .383 avg., .512 OBP, 13 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 33 SB