Landers, Hersey receive state honors in baseball
Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.
Justin Landers of P.K. Yonge and Dustin Hersey of Union County were named Florida Dairy Farmers Players of the Year for Class 3A and 1A, respectively, by a statewide panel of high school baseball coaches and media representatives.
Landers, a senior pitcher, led the Blue Wave to their first regional final since 2002, posting a 12-1 record, an ERA of 0.90 with 90 strikeouts in 70 innings. He also hit .453 with 11 doubles and 33 RBIs.
Hersey, a junior pitcher/infielder who helped the Tigers win their first state baseball title, posted a 9-2 record with a 1.34 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. He also hit .354 with 10 RBIs.
Union County's Brian Tomlinson was also named Class 1A coach of the year after leading the Tigers to their first Final Four since 1976 and ultimately to a state championship. Union County beat Holmes County 6-3 in the final.
Landers and Hersey will be finalists for the Player of the Year, and Tomlinson a finalist for Coach of the Year, both to be decided later this month.