Armstrong named first team all-state

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Rising Sun’s Austin Armstrong has been named to the Class 1A first team all-state by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association for 2015.

Armstrong, a 2015 RSHS graduate, was honorable mention as a junior. A master of consistency, Armstrong had identical junior and senior years with 72 at bats, 29 hits, seven doubles and a .403 average each year. He closed out his career with a career high 25 RBIs along with a pair of triples and home runs. He led the team in walks (15) and stolen bases (23).

Rising Sun was 76-24 during his career including a 21-6 mark in 2012, 23-4 in 2013, 15-8 in 2014 and 17-6 this season.

His lifetime batting average was .309 with 90 hits in 281 at bats. Armstrong was selected all state as a third baseman (his favorite position) but also contributed on the mound. He started out slowly with seven innings pitched as a freshman, 10 as a sophomore, 21.2 as a junior and 49.1 innings this year.

He had eight wins and four losses with three saves including 49 strikeouts and a 1.135 ERA as a senior.

This season he became the first player to record two no-hitters on the same day. On April 20, he finished off a suspended game to combine with his cousin Kurtis Armstrong and Brent Turner to no-hit Shawe then pitched a complete 5-inning no-hitter against Shawe.

Rising Sun won three sectional titles and a regional championship during his four years.

While baseball is his favorite sport, Armstrong’s most memorable moment was a last second shot to defeat Springs Valley in basketball.

He started playing as a member of a member of the Balldawgs traveling baseball team coached by his father Kevin.

Armstrong is the latest in a long line of recent baseball stars under the guidance of head coach Kevin Wirsch, assistant Mike Seipel, pitching coach Steve Jimenez and Mark Dugan.

Nathan Hannan was a two time first team all-state in 2012 and 2013. David Huber was honorable mention in 2012. Tyler Jones was honorable mention with Jake Willhite in 2011 and was honorable mention as a sophomore in 2009.

He was named the top male athlete in 2015. He was selected al-conference in baseball while making the all-conference golf team this spring.

The Northern Kentucky University bound freshman earned the prestigious blanket award presented to athletes earning 11 or more letters. He had four in baseball, four in golf, four in basketball and one in soccer.

In addition to his on the field accomplishments, he was a Rotary Top 10 academically, a member of the National Honor Society, and receiving the School Endowment Scholarship, Academic Honors Diploma, Michael Hayes Scholarship, Wilke and James Lemon Scholarship, Frances and Naomi Dibble Scholarship, Ohio County Community Foundation Board of Directors Scholarship and the Rising Sun Fire Department Scholarship.

Although his father is the Rising Sun Volunteer Fire Department fire chief, he has yet to follow in those footsteps. However, he plans to study mechanical engineering at NKU while serving as an intern at his father’s Nucor steel plant in Gallatin, Ky. where he hopes to continue his career after graduation.

Class 1A all-state

Other members of the all-state team included:

Catcher- Cale Hall (Orleans)

First base- Burton Gerkin (Orleans)

Second base- Jake Quasebarth (North White)

Third Base- Austin Armstrong (Rising Sun)

Shortstop- Luke Miller (Cowan)

Outfield – Jason Mosson (Orleans)

Outfield- Addison Robertson (Indianapolis Lutheran)

Outfield- Austin Mays (Indianapolis Lutheran)

Pitcher- Dalton Laney (Rockville)

Pitcher- Pete Wissel (Blue River Valley)