WKU names BGA, Ravenwood alums to All-Century baseball team


WKU names BGA, Ravenwood alums to All-Century baseball team

BY CHIP CIRILLO 

Two former baseball stars from Williamson County were named to Western Kentucky’s All-Century team.

Battle Ground Academy pitcher Matt Ridings and Ravenwood outfielder Kes Carter were selected to the 22-member team.

Ridings, who played at WKU from 2007-10, was an American Baseball Coaches Association All-American in 2010.

He was the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year that season.

Ridings was drafted in 2010 by the Kansas City Royals.

He holds career program records with 60 starts, 382.2 innings pitched, 34 wins and 354 strikeouts.

His 10 wins in 2008 are tied for third, while his nine wins in 2010 are tied for sixth.

Ridings had six games of 10-plus strikeouts and his 98 strikeouts in 2008 rank sixth.

He led the club in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched in all four seasons.

Carter, who played with the Hilltoppers from 2009-11, was drafted in 2011 by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 36th overall pick, the highest-selected player in WKU history.

He hit .348 with 54 extra-base hits while swiping 25-of-31 stolen bases in his three seasons on The Hill.

Carter scored 113 runs, had 113 RBI, 34 doubles, five triples and 15 home runs overall.

The team was picked in honor of WKU’s 100th baseball season.

WKU Baseball All-Century Team

Starting pitchers
Matt Ridings (2007-10)
Don Durham (1968-70)
Ryan Hutchison (1998-01)
Ryan Bicondoa (2001-02)
Jim “Big Ick” Weaver (1924-27)

Relief pitchers
Matt Wilhite (2000-03)
Rye Davis (2008, 10-11)

Catchers
Ralph Antone (1980-83)
Matt Rice (2008-11)

First basemen
Mike Williams (1978-81)
T.J. Freeman (1996-98)

Infielders
Wade Gaynor (2007-09)
Mike Murray (1977-80)
Rob Tomberlin (1985)
Brad Worley (1989-92)

Outfielders
Chad Cregar (2008-09)
John Clem (1984-85)
Kes Carter (2009-11)
Anderson Miller (2013-15)
Jared Andreoli (2009-12)

Utility Players
Matt Gunning (2003-04)
Chris Turner (1989-91)

Coach
Joel Murrie (1980-05) 815-656-4, school record for wins

Photo of Carter (10) and Ridings (17) courtesy of WKUs’ Baseball Archives. 

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