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July 7, 2013

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Clem perseveres through knee injuries, earns top honor


“He knows how to pitch. He’s just a pitcher’s pitcher,” Turner said. “He’ll throw a changeup when he’s behind in the count; he’ll throw what we call backwards if he needs to. He’s got a real good sense about him when he pitches.”

Cody Graf, P, Logansport

The senior right-hander filled the Berries’ closer’s role and did so admirably, closing out a number of big wins. He still finished third on the team in innings pitched (31 1/3) and went 2-2 with a 2.68 ERA.

“Cody in my mind was like a coaches’ security blanket. We knew we always had him,” Turner said. “He’s a really good, competitive kid. We appreciate his work ethic and attitude and ability to handle pressure situations. It was a real calm feeling for me to know we had him in the wings when we needed him. The other pitchers knew, too, that we always have Cody. For him to take that role showed his unselfishness and team spirit.”

Chris Jones, C, Logansport

Jones is a solid defensive catcher for the Berries.

“He’s a fireball. You’ve got to love him behind the plate,” Turner said. “He’s a tireless worker. He caught every game and he was on base all the time. He’s a joy to coach.”

Jones, a junior, hit just .217 but had an on-base percentage of .433. He had one home run and eight RBIs and had the game-winning hit at Lafayette Jeff in the regular season.

Kyle Jordan, P/SS, Logansport

The junior right-hander came on strong at the end of the season. He shut down a high-scoring Huntington North team on the road and then got the ball in both of the Berries’ sectional games. He shut down Harrison in an 8-0 sectional win and then was a hard-luck loser against Lafayette Jeff in a 3-1 loss in which the ball did not bounce the Berries’ way. Jeff went on to make it all the way to the semistate, where the Bronchos were defeated by eventual Class 4A state champion Elkhart Central 2-1.

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