It might have been the third time Carson Husmann was named Class A all-state, but the South Central graduate's not one to rest on his many laurels.
"You can only get better from where you're at," Husmann said Friday from Cincinnati, where he's playing in a tournament with the Midwest Rangers. "I still have to keep improving."
The Satellites outfielder earned the all-state hat trick from the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association on Friday, joining teammate Kyle Schmack, who was tabbed as a shortstop. It was part of a four-player haul for La Porte County that also included New Prairie outfielders Gavin Kelly and Roman Kuntz.
Husmann, a Bradley recruit, hit .444 with 14 home runs, 37 RBI and 42 runs, posting a whopping 1.208 slugging percentage. A defensive standout in center field, Husmann was also 4-2 with 44 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings pitched. Only three other players were multi-year selections, including Andrean's Michael Doolin, but Husmann was the sole three-timer across the four classes.
"It's exciting for sure," Husmann said. "I'm very thankful. If I did or didn't (make it), it was an awesome year with the seven seniors. It was such a tight-knit group. It was a fun year all-around. It's an awesome feeling to see all the hard work, all the seasons, all the time you put in off the field, not just in high school, pay off. It makes me glad I did all that."
Schmack, who will play at Valparaiso, hit .568 with 39 runs, 41 RBI, 11 doubles and eight home runs, The La Porte County Player of the Year was 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA on the mound.
"I am very proud of Carson and Kyle," former Satellites coach Ryan Kruszka said. "They have been leaders in our program for the past four years. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to coach them and know that they will be successful as they transition to Division I baseball. It is great to see them get the recognition they deserve for having successful high school careers."
New Prairie had two first-teamers for what it is believed to be the first time. Its last all-stater was Garrett Curless in 2006.
"The better the team does, the more team attention you get and individual attention as well," Cougars couach Mark Schellinger said. "They all had great years. It just speaks to the body of work they had. It's pretty awesome that there were three (Class 3A) outfielders in the entire seasons and we had two of them."
Kelly hit .505 with 29 extra-base hits and 39 RBI as a junior, striking out just eight times in 113 plate appearances. His outfield mate, Kuntz, who will play for Lake Michigan College, hit .437 with seven triples, five home runs, 38 runs and 38 RBI. He had only 10 strikeouts in 117 plate appearances. Additionally, NP's Hunter Robinson was an honorable mention pick. The Purdue Northwest recruit shined in particular on the mound, where he was 9-2 with a miniscule 0.70 ERA, racking up 117 strikeouts in 69 innings. He also hit .362 with four home runs and 27 RBI.