There’s an old saying in sports that defense wins championships and for Region 16 champion Crowder, it’s definitely true.

Sophomore first baseman Colten Nix and sophomore second baseman Jorden Hussein have been named to the Region 16 all-defensive team.

In 61 games, Nix fielded .992 with 340 putouts, 26 assists, three errors, and 369 total chances. Nix showed off his glove multiple times in the Region 16 tournament coming up with diving stops that gave Crowder outs and denied opponents possible hits. Nix participated in 19 double plays.

In 59 games, Hussein fielded .944 with 89 putouts, 96 assists, 11 errors, and 196 total chances. Hussein took part in 14 double plays.

Crowder, Mineral Area, and Three Rivers combined for six selections with two each — Mineral Area catcher Liam Hicks and outfielder Caleb Feuerstake, Three Rivers pitcher Austin Williams and outfielder Ty’reik Thomas.

Crowder ranks 51st in the nation in fielding percentage at .958, third among Region 16 teams. Mineral Area fielded at a .967 clip, ninth best in the country.

 

REGION 16 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

P: Austin Wiliams, Three Rivers

C: Liam Hicks, Mineral Area

1B: Colten Nix, Crowder

2B: Jorden Hussein, Crowder

3B: Kyle O’Brien, St. Louis

SS: Gavin Jones, State Fair

OF: Matt Turino, Jefferson

OF: Caleb Feuerstake, Mineral Area

OF: Ty’reik Thomas, Three Rivers