By David Fong
Regional Sports Content Manager
COLUMBUS — Bruce Cahill rattled off a string of statistics and accomplishments — all of them impressive — for Ben Hughes and Cameron Johnson.
Of all the numbers he listed, however, two stood out to him more than any others.
“The best thing about them is Ben is a 4.0 student and Cameron had a 3.8 grade point average,” the Tippecanoe High School baseball coach said. “They are both great students. That’s important. When you are applying to college, that is going to get you money before sports will.”
As impressive as both were in the classroom this past spring, both recent Tippecanoe graduates were as impressive on the baseball field — and recently were rewarded for their efforts as both were named to the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association team. Hughes, a pitcher, and Johnson, an infielder, both were named to the first team in Division II. In Division IV, Bethel infielder Jordan Elam and Covington outfielder Justin Williams both were named to the second team.
“Those two guys left a footprint on our program, for sure,” Cahill said. “They were both starters from day one and won four district titles.”
In his four years on varsity, Hughes won a total of 26 games, a school record for the Red Devils. This season, he went 7-1 with a 0.99 earned run average and 75 strike outs in 56 innings pitched. Last year, he also was named first team All-Ohio after going 8-1 with an even lower ERA.
He will pitch for Eastern Illinois University.
“Both of his losses came at the region level, so he pretty much went through two entire seasons with a clean slate until we got to regionals, which is pretty impressive,” Cahill said.
Batting leadoff, Johnson hit .429 with 45 hits (third most in a single season at Tippecanoe) with 11 doubles and a pair of home runs.
“Cameron has always been a decent hitter, but this year he really put it all together and had a breakout year,” Cahill said.
With their selections, Hughes and Johnson become the 16th and 17th first team All-Ohio selections in school history, more than any other program in Miami County.
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