Ten Polk State Baseball players were named to the All-Suncoast Conference team on Monday, including the conference’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. The Suncoast Conference Player of the Year, first baseman and outfielder Jack Duffy, leads the state this season with a .452 batting average, which ranks in the top 10 nationally. The Houston commitment also leads the Eagles with 10 home runs and a .532 on-base percentage.
For the second year in a row, infielder Dakota Harris was named the Suncoast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In the field, Harris boasts a stellar .973 fielding percentage, committing just four errors in 147 total chances. At the plate, the Tennessee commitment hit .353 with five home runs and 36 RBIs.
Duffy and Harris will each play in the prestigious Cape Cod League this summer and are among six Eagles named to the Suncoast Conference’s first team. They were joined by infielder Rohsean Riley, designated hitter Nick Collins, and pitchers Skylar Gonzalez and Jaydon Bishop.
For the season, Gonzalez is 5-1 and leads the state with a 1.71 earned run average. The South Florida commitment has struck out 44 batters and walked just 13 in more than 52 innings of work. Bishop, one of just two left-handers on the pitching staff, leads the Eagles this season with seven wins. The freshman holds a 7-2 record, 3.50 ERA, and 46 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched.
The leadoff hitter for much of the year, Riley, a Florida Southern commit, finished the regular season with a .363 average, six home runs, 42 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Committed to Houston, Collins is batting .328 with six home runs and a team-high 50 RBIs. Catcher Cole Griffith, outfielder George Davis, and pitchers Jacob Heath and Breton Cusic were all named to the Suncoast Conference’s second team.
Griffith, a freshman, posted a .336 average this season and ranked third on the team with a .436 on-base percentage. Davis, a Georgia Southwestern State commitment, is hitting .287 with five home runs and 36 RBIs.
Heath is in a three-way tie for the state lead with seven saves on the season. A West Florida commit, Heath leads the Eagles with 23 appearances this season, posting a 2.89 ERA and 42 strikeouts in just over 37 innings of work. In 54 innings pitched this season, Cusic holds a 4-2 record, 3.33 ERA and 48 strikeouts.
“I’m really proud of these guys for the hard work they’ve put in all year long,” head coach Al Corbeil said. “It’s great to see them recognized.”
With a record of 34-17, Polk State has qualified for the FCSAA/NJCAA South Atlantic District Tournament for the second straight season. The Eagles will visit Miami Dade for a best-of-three regional that will begin on Friday.
Suncoast Conference Selections
Jaydon Bishop, LHP, freshman
Nick Collins, 1B/DH, sophomore
Jack Duffy, OF/1B, sophomore (Suncoast Conference Player of the Year)
Skylar Gonzalez, RHP, sophomore
Dakota Harris, IF, sophomore (Suncoast Conference Defensive Player of the Year)
Rohsean Riley, 1B/3B, sophomore
Breton Cusic, RHP, freshman
George Davis, OF, sophomore
Cole Griffith, C, freshman
Jacob Heath, RHP, sophomore