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Stars of small school baseball

Aug 02, 2017
Garrett Greiner

Summer sports are behind us but the memories will last a lifetime.

Commemorating the top players of the 2017 softball and baseball seasons are the three newspapers in the Golden Triangle: The Fairfield Ledger, The Washington Evening Journal and The Mt. Pleasant News. Staff for each of these newspapers have selected all-star teams composed of players from our coverage area. We have compiled two teams for both softball and baseball: a “big school” team and a “small school” team.

Tuesday, we published our small school softball all-star team. Today we turn to small school baseball. We will feature the big school softball and baseball teams on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

 

Coach: Danny Hershberger from Iowa Mennonite led the team to an 8-7 record in Southeast Iowa Super Conference action en route to a 14-10 season overall, ending with a 2-0 substate loss to North-Linn.

MVP: Senior Chase Rath from Highland was picked as the Southeast Iowa Super Conference (SEISC) player of the year, and he is the captain of our All-GTNS team. He led the 21-5 Huskies in RBIs with 32 for the year while having a .494 batting average. He was 18-20 in stolen bases. He was 6-1 on the mound coming in with a 1.17 ERA. He was also recently named to the Class 1A second team Iowa Newspaper Association All-State baseball team.

Pitcher: Drake Brezina, Sr., IMS. Brezina had a 1.91 ERA on the mound this year striking out 61 of his opponents and walking 33. As a batter, he led his team in scoring with 28 runs on 33 hits. He also led the team in home runs, with three while having 26 RBIs and was 13-16 in stolen bases. He ended the year with a .402 batting average. He was selected as first team utility player in the SEISC.

Pitcher: Garrett Greiner, Sr., Pekin: Greiner made the most of his final year in a Panther uniform. The senior’s 1.41 earned run average was second best in the conference for pitchers who threw at least 39 innings, and his .101 opponent batting average was the lowest among that group.

Greiner struck out 11 batters twice this season, once against West Burlington on June 1, and against Central Lee on June 19. He also threw a complete game one-hit gem against New London on June 6.

Infield: Tanner Bainbridge, So., Pekin: Bainbridge held down the shortstop position most of the year, with a few starts at second base. His sophomore campaign was a productive one as he got on base at a .468 clip while hitting .420. He clubbed nine doubles and 21 RBIs. He scored 32 runs.

Catcher: Garrett Colbert, Sr., Highland: Colbert made the first team all-conference as a utility player. He had one home run while totaling 12 RBIs. He was walked 15 times and was hit by a pitch five times. He put good wood on the ball time and again, batting .387.

Infield: Torell Washington, Jr., Pekin: Washington wore many hats for the Panthers. He was most commonly the second baseman, but he played a little shortstop, and often pitched and served as the designated hitter.

Washington was one of the best hitters in the Southeast Iowa Superconference. He hit .439, and could be counted on to come through in the clutch. His 30 RBIs were third in the conference. He did a fine job of keeping the other team off the scoreboard when he was on the mound, posting a 3.17 earned run average.

Infield: Isaac McSorley, So,. New London: McSorley played the role of table setter for the New London offense this season.

The sophomore leadoff hitter batted .443 with nine doubles, eight triples and one homer. He went 20-20 on stolen bases and helped out on the mound with a 2.28 ERA.

Infield: Bill Burton, Sr., Highland: Burton was picked as a first team infielder in the SEISC after scoring 26 runs for the Huskies. He also had 25 RBIs and was 28-for-30 in stolen bases while having a season batting average of .415.

Outfield: Jake Huff, Sr., Pekin: Huff was the captain of the outfield for the Panthers. His name was penciled in at center field nearly every game. His teammates are sad to see him go, because he takes with him one of the most dangerous bats in Pekin’s lineup. His 29 RBIs were fourth best in the conference. He got on base at a .475 clip, and hit for a .361 average. He walked 17 times and struck out on only eight occasions.

Huff was also called upon to pitch, and did so with aplomb. In 18.1 innings, his ERA was among the lowest in the league at 2.29.

Outfield: Britt Noel, Jr., New London: Noel led the Tigers with a .453 average and 25 RBIs, hitting seven doubles, three doubles and a team-leading two home runs.

He was also great on the mound, going 6-0 with an 0.61 ERA, the lowest of any Tiger starter.

Outfield: Jack Eakins, Jr., Keota: Eakins ended the year with a .391 average. He led the 10-11 Eagles in runs scored with 26. He also went 12-13 in stolen bases was had one home run in the season.

Utility: Cameron Honomichl, So., Cardinal: Honomichl could usually be found fielding grounders at shortstop, though he got a few starts at second base, too. Honomichl reached base in all but two games, mounting an on-base percentage of .472. He saved his best effort for Cardinal’s final three games during which he hit safely in seven of 12 at-bats and drove in five runs.

For the season, Honomichl had 20 RBIs and was a perfect 10-10 in stolen bases.

Utility: Reno Chiri, Sr., New London: The New London catcher hit .313 in his senior season with 18 RBIs.

Chiri was 5-2 on the mound, finishing the year with a 2.00 ERA. He struck out 38 batters on the season.

Utility: Justin Henecke, Sr., New London: The senior third basemen hit .452 this year with a team-leading 10 doubles. He also finished the season with 18 RBIs.

Henecke was also a major part of the Tiger pitching staff, going 5-0 with a 1.72 ERA and a team-leading 53 strikeouts.

 

- The All-Golden Triangle News Service teams are selected by sports editors Andy Krutsinger of The Mt. Pleasant News, Bill Gatchel of The Washington Evening Journal and Fairfield Ledger news editor Andy Hallman.

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