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Meet the top 5 Player of the Year candidates from the Louisville area

Meet the top 5 Player of the Year candidates from the Louisville area

Now that the high school baseball season is over, it’s time to look back at some of the top players from the Louisville area.

Below are five highlights from the 2024 season. Players from the following counties were eligible: Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer.

From June 24, readers can use our online poll to make their choice for Player of the Year.

Coen Ball, Oldham County

Coen Ball of Oldham County High School has signed a contract with Cedarville University.Coen Ball of Oldham County High School has signed a contract with Cedarville University.

Coen Ball of Oldham County High School has signed a contract with Cedarville University.

Senior pitcher/infielder was 4-2 with a 1.71 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings. He hit .471 with four home runs, eight doubles, 34 RBIs and 26 runs scored. The second-team All-State selection has signed with Cedarville University.

Brayden Bruner, Pleasure Ridge Park

Pleasure Ridge Park's Brayden Bruner (14) bunts during their game against Trinity on Friday, June 14, 2024 in Lexington, Ky.  at Kentucky Proud Park for the state baseball semifinals.Pleasure Ridge Park's Brayden Bruner (14) bunts during their game against Trinity on Friday, June 14, 2024 in Lexington, Ky.  at Kentucky Proud Park for the state baseball semifinals.

Pleasure Ridge Park’s Brayden Bruner (14) bunts during their game against Trinity on Friday, June 14, 2024 in Lexington, Ky. at Kentucky Proud Park for the state baseball semifinals.

Junior center fielder hit .400 with four home runs, nine doubles, nine triples, 46 RBIs, 49 runs scored and 33 stolen bases while helping the Panthers win their seventh state championship. Named Sixth Region Player of the Year and First Team All-State.

Dane Morrow, Trinity

Trinity's Dane Morrow picked up the ball and initially threw it out against St.Trinity's Dane Morrow picked up the ball and initially threw it out against St.

Trinity’s Dane Morrow picked up the ball and initially threw it out against St.

Senior infielder hit .363 with four doubles, six triples, 31 RBIs and 35 runs scored. Received first-team All-State honors. Signed with the University of Tennessee.

Kaine Samuels, Ballard

Ballard's Kaine Samuels, 22, hugged teammate Lucas Niemeyer, 18, after they defeated Eastern to win the 28th District final on the Christian Academy of Louisville ball field in Louisville, Kentucky, in May.  January 20, 2024. They won 9-4.Ballard's Kaine Samuels, 22, hugged teammate Lucas Niemeyer, 18, after they defeated Eastern to win the 28th District final on the Christian Academy of Louisville ball field in Louisville, Kentucky, in May.  January 20, 2024. They won 9-4.

Ballard’s Kaine Samuels, 22, hugged teammate Lucas Niemeyer, 18, after they defeated Eastern to win the 28th District final on the Christian Academy of Louisville ball field in Louisville, Kentucky, in May. January 20, 2024. They won 9-4.

Junior pitcher/first baseman was 9-1 with one save, a 1.75 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings. Also batted .439 with five home runs, 11 doubles, 36 RBIs and 30 runs scored. Named seventh region player of the year and first team All-State. Committed to Western Kentucky University.

Jake Schweitzer, Trinity

Trinity's Jakob Schweitzer (8) takes the ground ball and throws to first base during their game against Pleasure Ridge Park on Friday, June 14, 2024 in Lexington, Ky.  at Kentucky Proud Park for the state baseball semifinals.Trinity's Jakob Schweitzer (8) takes the ground ball and throws to first base during their game against Pleasure Ridge Park on Friday, June 14, 2024 in Lexington, Ky.  at Kentucky Proud Park for the state baseball semifinals.

Trinity’s Jakob Schweitzer (8) takes the ground ball and throws to first base during their game against Pleasure Ridge Park on Friday, June 14, 2024 in Lexington, Ky. at Kentucky Proud Park for the state baseball semifinals.

Senior pitcher/shortstop was 10-1 with a 1.98 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings. Also batted .295 with two home runs, five doubles, 31 RBIs and 27 runs scored. Received first-team All-State honors. Signed with the University of Louisville.

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Jason Frakes: 502-582-4046; [email protected]; Follow on X @kyhighs.

This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: 2024 KHSAA Baseball Player of the Year: Louisville, KY area nominees