The awards keep coming for one of Pasco County’s top baseball players. Cypress Creek High’s Ethan Petry earned MVP honors for the West at the 43rd Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) All-Star Baseball Classic. The two-day event was held for recently graduated senior baseball players from across the state. The classic took place at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, also known as Tigertown, where the Detroit Tigers has its Class A baseball team in Lakeland.
Petry went four for six with 2 RBIs playing for West All Stars.
This season, Petry, a third baseman, batted .479 on 34 hits with 18 RBI, nine doubles, two triples and a team-high six homers. Petry also stepped up on the mound this season, going 5 and 2 with a 1.97 ERA and a team-high 60 strikeouts. While the senior is committed to the University of South Carolina, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander has risen up the draft prospect charts as a two-way player.
Also playing for the West All Stars was Wharton outfielder Ellijah Dukes, who batted .338 with 24 RBI on 22 hits, including a team-high six homers. The Wildcats finished 20-8.
Wesley Chapel outfielder Zach Showalter also was on this team, after batting a team-high .333 with 21 RBI and a team-high four homers. On the mound, Showalter led the Wildcats with a 0.78 ERA and 89 strikeouts.
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