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Former Bellmont outfielder Will Busse was honored this week for his outstanding play, mental attitude, and team commitment on the baseball field for the Braves last season as he wins the Outstanding Player of the Year Award for Adams County.
The award was sponsored by the website www.adamscountyvoice.com, which honors a baseball-playing student athlete from Adams County (Bellmont, Adams Central, or South Adams) for the display of character and determination, as well as a selfless showing of what it means to be a good teammate.
The player who receives the award is presented with a baseball bat and a hooded sweatshirt that describes the award and its winner's accomplishments.
"Will has always quietly done everything he's been asked and then some," Bellmont baseball coach Ben Fawbush praised of Busse. Coach Fawbush submitted his vote for the senior on his squad who deserved the award the most after last season.
"He is the hardest working player on the baseball field. When the season is over for most, the season isn't over for Will. He takes his conditioning, both physically and mentally, to a level that most student-athletes don't...and can't," stated coach Fawbush.
Busse led the Braves in batting average and on-base percentage last season as well as stolen bases despite batting in the ninth position. He was tied for second in doubles. He displayed his team mentality in times when just "putting the ball in play" is more important than getting a hit and boosting his average, according to Fawbush. This is apparent by the fact that Busse only struck out seven times the entire season for the Braves.
"I don't think Will has any other gear besides "all-out" as far as practice and preparation go," coach Fawbush mentioned. "His desire, dedication, and determination prove that he is a force to be reckoned with in the classroom and on the baseball diamond."