NEW WASHINGTON – The Buckeye Central Bucks baseball team has just one senior — do-it-all Austin Lutz. On Monday afternoon, he became an All-Star.
The Mizuno All-Star Series at The Ohio State University will be held on June 12 and 13 and will include six games featuring the best high school seniors in Ohio. Each team will play two games. Lutz is just the fourth player in Buckeye Central history to be chosen for the game, a feat he calls an honor.
“I am honored that I have been given the opportunity to be picked for such a prestigious award. I have watched some intense games played on that field and it will sure be fun and exciting to play on it,” Lutz said of the opportunity to play at The Ohio State University’s Bill Davis Stadium.
Lutz had a motivation factor to his stellar senior season, he wanted to write a perfect ending. He knew the possibility of playing for the last time meant he had to do something special. Lutz did so by piecing together one of the best all-around seasons in the Northern 10 Conference.
“Well knowing this was going to be the last year that I would play on a baseball field I wanted to play my heart out and giving it 110 percent,” Lutz added.
Lutz, had 27 hits for a .386 average with with two homeruns, six doubles and 22 RBI, does not have any plans for a baseball future, but he would not rule it out for good.
“I don’t know if baseball is in my future, but if I got offered, I would be glad to play,” Lutz added.
His plans are to attend Bowling Green State University and major in Construction Management.
Lutz, First Team All-District Nine, also finished with a great year on the mound. The right hander was 5-4 with a 3.32 earned run average. He also struck out 59 batters on the campaign.
Lutz will be joined by fellow All-District Nine First Teamer Crestline’s Nate Coffman. The hard hitting senior had possibly the best offensive season in the entire N10. Coffman hit .486 with a league best 37 RBI. He also led the league with ten doubles and swiped 14 bases. He was also among the league leaders in pitching with a 2.10 ERA in 36 2/3 innings.
Coffman lead the Bulldogs to a 13-12 record and had his team in the chase for the N10 title with six games to go.