Baseball - 1998

Mark Mapes is one of the best hitters ever to wear the green and white of Corning West High School. He capped a four year varsity career with the Viking with a .639 batting average as a senior. He was named to the All-STC team four years in a row as a catcher. Mark continued his baseball career on the collegiate level with two years at the University of Notre Dame and two years at the University of South Carolina. During his two-year stint at Notre Dame Mark was named to the Midwestern Conference all-newcomer team after hitting .396 and then as a sophomore he was named to the all-conference team when he was awarded the Knute Rockne Award as an outstanding student-athlete. Following his sophomore season when his ND coach took another job, Mark transferred to South Carolina where he became one of the most feared hitters in the SEC. During his junior campaign at USC, Mark won the triple crown, was all-SEC, named MVP and won the prestigious Irby Raines Award becoming the second athlete at South Carolina to win those awards. He served as team captain as a senior and during his 190-game college career, Mark finished with 160 rbis, 22 homers and a composite .351 batting average. During his only season in the Northeastern League, he led his team to the league championship as the batting champion and MVP.