Five Trojans make All-District, SEC first teamsHietpas SEC Player of the Year
The Fairfield Trojans 2014 baseball season has yet to reach its climax, however many players on the team are already being recognized for their play.
All-District and All-Southeast Conference selections have been made and released.
The most honored Trojan is senior pitcher Joe Hietpas, who not only was named first team All-District but also is the 2014 SEC Player of the Year. Hietpas spent this season being consistently dominant, and enters the State Tournament with a 10-0 record, a 0.65 ERA over 65 innings and an untouchable 108-12 strikeout to walk ratio. The substate win over Centerville was icing on the cake for the senior, who went nine innings and allowed just two hits in the victory.
Lefty sluggers Austin Gridley and Cameron Baumann both earned first team All-District and All-SEC selections. Gridley, a senior centerfielder, leads Fairfield with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs. Baumann is batting .366 and smacked eight home runs of his own. He made the SEC team as a pitcher. Baumann has a 2.20 ERA and has 71 strikeouts, 19 of which came in one game against Fort Madison.
First baseman Mason Ellis was selected second team All-District and to the SEC first team. The senior batted .406, drove in 22 runs and finished tied for the team lead with 30 runs scored and 43 hits. His 13 doubles leads the Trojans.
Senior pitcher Wyatt Stark was named All-District second team and made the SEC second team as well. The lefty pitched 52 2/3 innings and allowed just 13 earned runs, finishing with a 1.73 ERA. Stark struck out 47 batters.
Sophomore third baseman Jordan Reid was selected to the SEC first team. Reid took over the leadoff spot in Fairfield’s lineup after Narendra Martin suffered an injury. Even with Martin back and at full strength, Reid’s performance kept him at the top of the order. Reid is tied for the team lead with 43 hits and 30 runs scored, and currently has a .374 average and 20 RBIs.
Martin and Alex Crile were both selected to the SEC second team as infielders. Still a junior, Martin leads the Trojans with 17 stolen bases. The shortstop has a .560 on-base percentage and scored the game winnings run against Centerville in Fairfield’s substate victory. Crile, a sophomore second baseman, drove in 27 runs this year and hit a grand slam in Fairfield’s win over Van Buren.
Kooper Dahlstrom and Micah Harris both made the SEC second team as well. Dahlstrom spent most of his senior season as Fairfield’s right fielder and cleanup man. He drove in 30 runs including the game winner over Oskaloosa in the district final. Harris, who makes the second team as a utility player, is batting .333 and has driven in eight runs.
Chet Vogt and Alex Christensen, who split with one another as the team catcher, are both SEC honorable mentions.
In addition to their on the field work, Hietpas, Ellis, Dahlstrom, Martin and Stark each made the SEC All-Academic team.