SOUTH BEND — Penn High School senior Cole Harlacher was named MVP of the 2014 Northern Indiana Conference baseball season.
Besides third baseman Harlacher, champion Penn placed sophomore pitcher Skylar Szynski, senior pitcher Jake Thoma, senior first baseman Colin McNamara, sophomore second baseman Luke Schneider, senior shortstop Austin Toth and senior outfielder C.J. Banashak were named to the all-NIC first team.
Marian High School senior catcher Josh Turnock is also a first-teamer.
His peers named Penn's Greg Dikos NIC Coach of the Year.
First team: P — so. Skylar Szynski (Penn), sr. Jake Thoma (Penn). C — sr. Josh Turnock (Marian). 1B — sr. Colin McNamara (Penn). 2B — so. Luke Schneider (Penn). SS — sr. Austin Toth (Penn). 3B — sr. Cole Harlacher (Penn). OF — sr. C.J. Banashak (Penn), jr. Avondre Harris (Mishawaka), jr. Wes Short (St. Joseph). Utlity — sr. Tyler Beck (St. Joseph). DH — jr. Dylan Scott (St. Joseph).
Second team: P — jr. Cody Quier (Mishawaka), jr. Andrew Petsche (St. Joseph). C — jr. Matt Potter (St. Joseph). 1B — sr. Keegan Hood (Mishawaka). 2B — jr. C.J. Brewer (Adams). 3B — sr. Jesse Stires (Adams). SS — so. Daniel Torres (St. Joseph). OF — sr. Josh Thomas (Riley), sr. Kyle Carlson (Mishawaka), sr. Elliott Lares (Penn). Utility — jr. Joey Lange (Clay). DH — jr. Tim Lira (Penn).
Area honorable mention: Elkhart Central — sr. 1B Micah Bowyer, sr. OF Mike Wain. Marian — sr. OF Tim McMahon, sr. Utility Matt Royeca.
NIC MVP: Cole Harlacher (Penn).
NIC Coach of the Year: Greg Dikos (Penn).
Final NIC standings: Penn 15-1, St. Joseph 13-3, Mishawaka 13-5, Riley 9-7, Marian 9-7, Clay 6-10, Washington 4-12, Elkhart Central 3-13, Adams 2-14.