Prep Accolades Accumulate For Incoming Bronco Freshmen
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Incoming freshmen Bronco baseball players Keegan Akin, Grant Miller and Daniel Ayers were the recipients of multiple year-end awards, among those all three were first team all-state selections.
A left-handed pitcher from Bullock Creek High School in Midland, Mich., Akin was named MLive-Saginaw News Baseball Player of the Year and was a first team Division II all-state selection for the second straight season.
In two varsity seasons at Bullock Creek, Akin posted a perfect 19-0 record. In 2013, he struck out 104 batters in 49 innings, throwing a perfect game, two no-hitters and three one-hitters. He allowed four runs during the season, but only two were earned, and never allowed more than four hits in a game.
Miller led Bay City Western to its first ever state championship this year, batting .458 with 31 RBIs and 53 runs scored from the No. 3 spot in the lineup. A second baseman, Miller was a first team Division I all-state selection and earned 2013 Michigan High School Dream Team honors, presented to the top 23 prep players in the state.
A left-handed pitcher from Columbus North High School in Columbus, Ind., Ayers was recently drafted in the 25th round by the Baltimore Orioles. As a MLB draft pick, he was an automatic first team all-state selection by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Ayers finished his senior season with a 4-1 record, with one save and a 1.24 ERA on the mound, while logging 88 strikeouts. He has been chosen to represent the South Team for the Indiana North-South All-Star Series that will be played July 13-14 at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind.
In addition to Akin, Miller and Ayers, Western Michigan also had a 2014 and 2015 verbal commitment named first team all-state. These players are expected to sign National Letters of Intent with Western Michigan during their respective signing periods.