Trenton's Ward named Class 1A player of the year

Trenton pitcher Jonathan Ward, who went 9-0 with a 0.35 ERA, helped the Tigers (27-1) win their first state title.

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Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 12:02 a.m.

Trenton junior pitcher Jonathan Ward was named Class 1A baseball player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers, which announced its eight classification finalists on Tuesday for Mr. Baseball and Baseball Coach of the Year.

Ward, who went 9-0 with a 0.35 ERA, helped the Tigers (27-1) win their first state title. He tossed a five-hitter in Trenton's 4-1 win over Bonifay Holmes County in the state semifinals at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers last month. The Tigers beat Chiefland for the state title.

His teammate, senior Clif Bryant, came in second in the balloting, 25 points behind Ward, who had 131 points in voting from a statewide panel of high school baseball coaches and prep reporters.

“I think I am shocked,” Ward said. “I wasn't expecting to get 1A player of the year. It is definitely a good feeling.”

Tiger coach Todd Bryant was named 1A coach of the year, easily ahead of Holmes County coach Ron Dixon. Chiefland coach Kyle Parnell came in third, three points behind Dixon.

Ward, along with Todd Bryant, will be up for Mr. Baseball and Coach of the Year, respectively. Among the other seven player finalists are 8A player of the year Tyler Danish of Plant City Durant and 5A Christian Arroyo of Brooksville Hernando, both UF signees.

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