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Mr. Baseball has ties to Owen County

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By The Staff

Joshua “J.T.” Riddle, a 2010 graduate of Western Hills High School in Frankfort, has been named 2010 Kentucky Mr. Baseball, the first player from WHHS to earn that honor. A four-year starter for the Wolverines as a pitcher and shortstop, Riddle received a multitude of awards throughout his high school career including a member of the State-Journal All-County Baseball team with two of the four years being named as Most Valuable Player. Riddle was also named as the KHSAA Most Outstanding Senior Baseball for 2010.

Along with these prestigious awards, Riddle received the MVP award for the 41st district tournament, named to the Region 11th All-Tournament team, 2010 WHHS Best Hitter/Best Pitcher award and WHHS 2010 MVP. During Riddle’s high school career, he has been honored to receive many awards too numerous to mention.

Riddle finished his 2010 senior year as a WHHS Wolverine with a .514 batting average, .596 on base percentage, .973 slugging percentage (38-74), 20 1B, 6 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 62 RBI, 20 SB, 36 runs, 16 BB. As a pitcher, Riddle was 8-0 on the mound, 1.26 ERA, 61 1P, 90 K’s, 11 ER, 12 BB and 32 hits.

Riddle has signed with the University of Kentucky where he will pitch and play shortstop. He was also drafted as a shortstop by the Boston Red Sox in the 35th round.

Riddle is the son of Buddy and LaKeta Ritchie of Frankfort; the grandson of George and Evelyn Cooke of Owenton, Raymond and Faye Ritchie, Linda Green, Denny Riddle of Frankfort and Chuck and Betty Huffman of Shelbyville.