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1981 Centralia High School Baseball Team
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2006 Team Award Winner


 
First Row:  Ted Patrick, Kevin Breese, Jason Kell, Andy Lorenzini, Jamie Kell, Mike Smith, Andy Mick, Kenny Murray, Mark Jenks-Mgr.  Back Row:  Coach Donnie Walker, Del Wilkins Rick Kerins, Terry Kelly, DeWayne Barnett, John Collins, Grant Bassett, Jeff Jensen, Byran Marcum, Greg Harris, Bryan Guthrie

In his first season as Varsity Baseball Coach at Centralia High School, Donnie Walker took his Orphans to the IHSA Class AA Elite Eight. They set a school record (at that time) 25 wins for the season and had only eight losses. The Orphans also tied Marion for the South Seven Conference title with an 11-3 record. 

After a forfeit win from Carbondale to take the Regional, the team went on to defeat Belleville East and defending state champion, Collinsville, to win the Sectional. The Orphans fell to Bartonville (Limestone) 1-8 in the quarterfinals (Elite Eight). This is only the second CHS baseball team to appear at this level of State play (the other was 1962). 

As a team they had a batting average of .322 and an ERA of 2.67. Individual leaders were: Jamie Kell (at bats 115, hits 58, triples 4, runs 35, batting avg. .504), Jeff Jensen (doubles 10, HR 7, RBI 41, batting avg. .373). 

Others batting over .300 were: Jason Kell .349, Dawayne Barnett .333, and Ken Murray .343. Pitching leaders were: Jamie Kell (innings pitched 78.1, ERA 1.70, won/lost 8-1), Dawayne Barnett (won/lost 9-0).

COACH - Donnie Walker

TEAM MEMBERS: Seward (Ted) Patrick, Kevin Breese, Jason Kell, Andy Lorenzini, Jamie Kell, Mike Smith, Andy Mick, Kenny Murray, Del Wilkins, Rick Kerins, Terry Kelly, Dawayne Barnett, John Collins, Grant Bassett, Jeff Jensen, Byron Marcum, Greg Harris, Brian Guthrie.

MGR - Mark Jenkins

BUS DRIVER - Randy Lloyd

 


 

 

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