2014 Dispatch/Argus Area Baseball Player of the Year: Ridgewood's Noah Shannon

Posted Online: June 17, 2014, 9:38 pm
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By Terry Duckett, tduckett@qconline.com
Not just this past spring, but the last two seasons, the heart of the Ridgewood baseball co-op's renaissance has been Noah Shannon.

After helping lead the Spartans to a school-record 24 wins, a Lincoln Trail Conference championship and the program's first regional title in 2013, the senior pitcher/infielder upped the ante in '14 by leading the team with a .356 batting average and 10 doubles to go with 20 RBIs and a 9-3 pitching mark that went with a 1.77 ERA and 81 strikeouts, also team highs.

The end result of Shannon's production was Ridgewood going 24-6 to equal last year's victory standard and following up a repeat performance as Class 1A regional champions with its first sectional baseball crown.

"I'm very proud of all of these guys,'' said The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus Area Baseball Player of the Year. "We didn't want to come in here and do anything less. We really wanted to be the team to beat, and the best we could be. We didn't want to sell ourselves short."

How do you feel about the legacy you leave behind?
"I knew all of these guys and how competitive we are, and we knew what we could do. We just wanted to exceed what was expected of us, and go where no one expected us to go.''

For yourself, what did you hope to accomplish?
"I think the most important thing for me, every time I went out to the mound, was to do anything I could to get the win. It's easy to look at stats, but I've never been one to follow (those). When I get the ball, I want the win. It's all for the team, not for myself.''

How disappointing was it to finish one win away from state?
"Of course, none of us like to lose, but I think the hardest thing was just knowing this was (the seniors') last time on the field. I don't think disappointment was the worst feeling as saying goodbye.''

College plans?
"I'm going to Judson University (in Elgin) to play golf. I'm looking forward to that, but at the same time, another chapter of my life is closing. But it's been good; I'd rather just look back on it and be happy, rather than cry over it. Knowing the success we had, I wouldn't do it any other way.''


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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