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James Arnold, Frick snag top honors
by Derek Clarkston
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Kodiak High School baseball coach James Arnold gives a sign to his catcher during a game on May 23 against Colony at Baranof Field. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Kodiak High School baseball coach James Arnold gives a sign to his catcher during a game on May 23 against Colony at Baranof Field. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Kodiak’s Austin Frick holds on a Kenai runner during a high school baseball game in May at Baranof Field. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Kodiak’s Austin Frick holds on a Kenai runner during a high school baseball game in May at Baranof Field. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Jon LeVan pitches against Kenai. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Jon LeVan pitches against Kenai. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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During Austin Frick’s four years on Kodiak High School’s baseball team, he has put up video-game numbers.

He was rewarded this year when he was named the Southcentral Conference South Division most valuable player. He is the second consecutive Kodiak recipient of the award after Brandon Mahle won it last year.

“I’m very happy for Austin. He has been a catalyst for us for at least the last two years that I have been coaching the team,” Kodiak coach James Arnold said. “He just does a lot for us, and I think when you look at the entire South Division, it was an easy choice.”

Frick’s offensive production is outrageous.

The senior shortstop led the team in hits (26), runs batted in (24) and doubles (seven) and had the second-highest batting average (.406). The most amazing number is that he did not strike out in 69 plate appearances this season.

Even more impressive is that over the last three seasons, he has only struck out once in 184 at-bats.

“That says a lot about him,” Arnold said. “He is our best athlete — he really is. He was one of our captains this year and he does a lot of talking on the field. The body of work for him is just tremendous. I’m awed by it, really.”

Frick’s career statistics rank him among the best to have donned a Kodiak uniform. He ends his career with 75 hits and 65 RBIs, both numbers are the most by a Kodiak player since 2004. Mark Putney was the leader with 56 hits and 47 RBIs.

Sophomore pitcher and outfielder Jon LeVan earned first-team honors.

The left-hander led the team in batting average (.455) and was third with hits (20). He also drove in 15 runs and clubbed a pair of home runs.

On the mound, LeVan went 3-0, with a team-leading 1.88 earned run average in 26 innings pitched.

“I think he had a breakout year in pitching and hitting,” Arnold said. “He had a tremendous year.”

Seniors Myles Wilson (second base) and Joey Mauer (right field) and juniors Josiah Chya (catcher) and Jakob Arnold (pitcher/first base) earned second team honors.

“I was really happy for them,” Arnold said.

Wilson had a .393 (22 for 56) batting average and led the team in runs scored (24). Chya hit .341 (15 for 44) with a pair of home runs and Mauer hit .367 (11 for 30) with one home run.

Arnold ended with a 3-2 record, with a 4.30 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

James Arnold was voted the conference coach of the year by his peers.

“That totally caught me off guard,” Arnold said. “I don’t know what those coaches were thinking.”

Arnold coached Kodiak to the South Division title with a 9-1 record. Kodiak went 14-11 and finished third in the conference tournament.

Arnold credited his assistant coaches Cliff Anderson, Tim Fellows and Mel LeVan and the others who helped with the program this season.

“The only way I can except this is on their behalf,” he said. “They just coached these players up a whole lot farther than I could have ever done — I learned so much from them.”

Contact Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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