Bulldogs receive honors
The King’s Fork High School baseball team had four players receive All-Conference 17 honors this season.
Josh Bush, Tim Gromkoski, Blake Sargent and Noah Floyd were the recipients of the awards. Bush and Gromkoski made first team, while Sargent and Floyd made second team.
Coach Robert Hedrick is proud of his players for receiving the awards but believes the team is stronger than individual accomplishments.
“I’m cool with it but in the end I want our team to be better, I don’t mind vouching for guys for individual stuff, but I want us as a team to be that good,” said Hedrick.
Bush was first team third base, and Gromkoski was first team utility. Hedrick described both as the inspirational leaders on the team.
“Josh is very soft spoken, but when it comes to the field, he lets everybody know it’s time for business,” said Hedrick. “And Tim has had one of his best defensive years, at shortstop and second base. He did a phenomenal job.”
Gromkoski threw out around 60 percent of the base runners that tried to steal on him this season.
“He batted around .370 for us this year,” Hedrick said.
Sargent played first base and batted .422. Hedrick believed that Sargent had a chance to get first team.
Floyd was moved around a lot throughout the year as the coaching staff tried to figure out what position suited him best, but eventually he found his stride.
“It seemed like as the year went on, Noah got better and better,” Hedrick said. “He took a big step forward this season.”
Hedrick congratulated his players for their exploits this season, but his expectations are high for next year. He believes that his guys have the caliber to be a high performance unit even though they will be missing three seniors, one of which is Browne.
“We are going to miss our three seniors,” he said. “They are probably the three best kids I ever coached. Hopefully, what they have done has rubbed off on the younger players.”