Bluejackets celebrate historic 2023 season with postseason awards

By Noah Dalton

MITCHELL – Mitchell High School hosted an award ceremony for the school’s 2023 regional-champion baseball team on Wednesday as a celebration of the team’s successful season.

In what was a historic season for the school, the Bluejackets finished with a school-record 26 wins on their way to sectional and regional championship wins before falling in the opening semi-state round to Heritage Christian.

Mitchell coach Jerry Chaney speaks with some of his players during a break in the action

“We had an extremely successful season and were fortunate to accomplish some great things,” said Mitchell head coach Jerry Chaney. “The first Regional Baseball title ever. I am so thankful for all our community support during this run.  The Mooresville AD told us that our attendance outnumbered the other three schools combined at the Semi-State. I feel incredibly blessed to coach and teach at Mitchell High School.”

Along with their 26-wins, the team set numerous other school and confernece records, both individually and as a collective, with 15 set during the season.0

  • Most Patoka Lake Athletic Conference RBIs in a season: set by Ben Seitzinger with 19
  • Most hits in a single season at MHS: set by Simon Gaines with 48
  • Most doubles in a single season at MHS: set by Simon Gaines with 16
  • Most doubles in a career at MHS: set by Simon Gaines with 30
  • Most triples in a single season at MHS: set by Ben Seitzinger with 5
  • Most triples in a career at MHS: set by Ben Seitzinger with 9
  • Most hits in a career at MHS: set by Ben Seitzinger with 127
  • Most wins in a season at MHS: 26
  • Most runs scored in a season at MHS: 279
  • Most hits in a season at MHS: 288
  • Most triples in a season at MHS: 16
  • Most RBIs in a season at MHS: 231
  • Most stolen bases by a team in a season at MHS: 85
  • Most team pitching wins in a season at MHS: 26
  • Most strikeouts by a pitching staff at MHS in a season: 233
Ben Seitzinger throws a pitch during the team’s game against Brownstown-Central

Named Co-MVPs of the team during Wednesday’s award ceremony, Seitzinger and Gaines, both juniors, shined at the plate for the Bluejackets to lead the team in several categories, including hits, home runs and RBIs.

The pair, who are co-captains of the team, were named to the PLAC all-conference team, along with outfielder AJ Sarver.

Mitchell’s Simon Gaines swings during an at bat against Edgewood

Gaines was also named Best Defensive Player for the year, splitting the award with senior catcher Carsyn Herald.

Mitchell catcher Carsyn Herald attempts to tag Paoli’s Cooper Spires as he looks to score

Seitzinger also received the team’s Best Pitcher and Hitting Performance awards.

Senior Owen Modglin received the team’s Mental Attitude award, while Ethan Turner, Gibson Glassdoor and Ashton Luman each received Most Improved awards.

Mitchell head coach Jerry Chaney presents senior Owen Modglin with the team’s Mental Attitude award

Season stats

Batting Statistics for the 2023 Season

6AJ Sarver33134963230200223643203216.333.515.354.869
5Aiden Premo3220000000000001.
16Ashton Luman33100842118300102103501331.250.351.286.636
10Ben Seitzinger331289841211352453070201917.418.523.7141.238
7Bryson Zeeks321129025175122420125301028.278.420.422.842
18Carsyn Herald33127101312560024867502014.307.449.366.815
9Connor Teague2915954100618000051.556.714.6671.381
17Ethan Turner32113943020640262136101428.319.420.468.888
4Gibson Glassco33115963026310162645501316.313.409.365.773
8Jaydan King10441010007000003.250.250.500.750
12Kody Earl33112862316520203448202025.267.423.372.796
11Michael Jones-Webster1000000001000000.
27Owen Modglin7860000003000025.
3Simon Gaines331371104824163537537920166.436.518.7731.291

Pitching Statistics for the 2023 Season

6AJ Sarver10.04000000.00012101081017.0002.000
16Ashton Luman41.116862000.000413112234152.0321.548
10Ben Seitzinger71.1171391000.000634435229193.4351.192
7Bryson Zeeks10.26210000.000138710944.5942.156
9Connor Teague3.02000000.0004223114.6672.333
17Ethan Turner3.01010000.0001113712.3331.333
12Kody Earl26.08322000.0003633181526104.8461.962
3Simon Gaines44.2197723301.000412413184862.0371.321

Fielding Statistics for the 2023 Season

3Simon Gaines12375381060.919
4Gibson Glassco572429420.930
5Aiden Premo19017200.895
6AJ Sarver33032100.970
7Bryson Zeeks24119400.833
8Jaydan King2020001.000
10Ben Seitzinger1233585330.976
11Michael Jones-Webster2020001.000
12Kody Earl14322113880.944
16Ashton Luman39429600.846
17Ethan Turner6126181700.721
18Carsyn Herald2344228200.991
27Owen Modglin9180101.000