Connor Prielipp throws a pitch during a summer game (Contributed by Hitters Baseball).
Tomah junior Connor Prielipp has been selected as the Wisconsin Baseball Central Pitcher of the Year for the 2018 season.
Prielipp was as close to unhittable as it got in the state this year. He had a 0.26 ERA in 52 innings of pitching for a Division 1 team. He finished with a 4-0 record due to a lack of consistent run support, but he only allowed two earned runs all season. He struck out 97 batters and allowed just 14 hits. The southpaw is not committed to a college right now, but will be a highly sought after prospect in the coming months.
The Pitcher of the Year award goes to the pitcher who maintained the most consistent level of excellence over the course of the year. Players of any grade are eligible to win the award.
The award was first introduced in 2016. Arrowhead's Ryan Schmitt won that year, and Kenosha Indian Trail's Ryan Hoerter won in 2017.
The other finalists for this year's award were Brenden Bille (Waupun senior), Jack Brown (Eau Claire Memorial senior), Randon Dauman (Columbus senior), Chandler Fochs (Wausau West senior), Trey Krause (Burlington junior), Levi Schaller (Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran senior), Ryan Stefiuk (Green Bay Preble sophomore), Trevor Tietz (Watertown senior) and Jack Washburn (Webster junior).