Frank Lamoreaux first took notice of Mason McWilliams when he attended a junior high football camp.
"I saw how hard he worked and the heart and desire he had," the Seneca East baseball coach said.
Lamoreaux thought he may want to remember the name.
Several years later, McWilliams leaves the Seneca East baseball program as its most decorated athlete since Mike Breyman, who went on to play baseball at Kentucky.
McWilliams, who has committed to pitch at Ohio University next season, was named Ohio's Division IV Player of the Year Wednesday. He also was named first-team all-Ohio.
"It's pretty awesome," Lamoreaux said. "It's hard to describe the accomplishments he (had) this year."
In addition, McWilliams' teammate, senior Ethan Caudill, was named to the second team.
"Mason, he and Ethan both, they're five-tool players, those two guys pushed each other," Lamoreaux said. "Ethan relied on Mason and Mason relied on Ethan. They were like identical twins that would feed off each there."
Caudill and McWilliams combined to go 20-1 this past season, allowing just four earned runs over 129 innings. They also had 252 strikeouts between them.
Lamoreaux said each of them broke Breyman's strikeout record.
The coach also gave credit to his assistant coaches- Matt Schock, Rick Bowerman and Dave Stallings - for working with the pair, as well as the players who helped build the program.
"They set a fantastic table and were great influences on those guys," Lamoreaux said.
While McWilliams is ticketed for Ohio, Lamoreaux said Caudill is unsure of what he will do in the future.
"There are a couple schools that want him," Lamoreaux said. "I'd like to see him get a degree from Heidelberg or Ashland and play baseball for somebody."
And of course, Caudill and McWilliams were two pieces of a team which was ranked No. 1 in the state, and advanced to the regional tournament for the third consecutive year.
"It'll be one that will go down in our school's history, I'm sure," Lamoreaux said. "Some special players. Some great kids."
- Zach Baker