SEASON: Earned All-BWAC honors for the Chiefs after leading the team in hitting. Also was named team captain to start the season.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He had a very good season,” Barry Geliski said. “He was a big part of our program as a captain. He was a soft spoken leader, and he showed it with his play. His leadership and his bat and glove were all his strengths.”
SCHOOL: St. Clair
SEASON: Earned Division 2 All-State First Team honors to go with All-District, All-Region and All-MAC Blue honors. Was named the team MVP with his work done on the mound and at the plate. Held a .437 batting average with three homeruns, 33 runs and 22 RBI, and also owned a 2.14 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 62 innings on the mound.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Our MVP for the second year in a row and our number three hitter,” Denny White said. “He’s a team leader and the hardest worker in the off-season. The heart of our team. A 2017 captain and Academic All-MAC player. A class act in all respects.”
SCHOOL: Brown City
SEASON: Was one of the most reliable hitters in the area, posting a .506 batting average with 23 runs and 10 RBI for the Green Devils. Only struck out 10 times as well, and helped Brown City to a Division 4 district title.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Eric has been with me for three years and will be very hard to replace,” Jesse VanBuskirk said. “He is a kid that is easy to coach and gives 150 percent all the time, he has great speed. It is not often your catcher is the leadoff man.”
SEASON: He was a constant threat on the base paths, shown by his 28 steals and 37 runs scored on 39 hits. Earned All-BWAC honors for the Blue Devils while helping them win their 17th consecutive conference title.
COACH’S COMMENT: “As he went, we went,” Scott Evans said. “He was terrorizing teams on the base paths, stealing and bunting and running down balls … he definitely changed the game when he got on the base paths. Everybody started playing their infield in a little bit when he was at the plate.”
SEASON: Times Herald Baseball Player of the Year that also earned his third consecutive Division 3 All-State First Team accolades. Led the Yellowjackets in hitting with a .570 batting average with 13 doubles and two triples. Also led Memphis on the mound, posting an 8-1 record with a 1.03 ERA, including 92 strikeouts in 54 innings. Earned All-GTC East honors while helping Memphis to its second straight conference title. Olivet baseball commit.
COACH’S COMMENT: “I feel that he is hands down the best player in the area,” Guy Walsh said. “He did everything for us. He was our big game pitcher, but he also played third flawlessly, played some centerfield and shortstop when Dillon was pitching. He pitched the first game of all of our league double headers. He had quality wins against Ubly, Brown City, Sandusky and Port Huron Northern.”
SCHOOL: Port Huron Northern
SEASON: Picked up MAC Blue MVP, All-MAC Blue, All-District and All-Region honors as a team captain for the Huskies. Led Northern on the mound with a 1.66 ERA with 110 strikeouts in 71.2 innings pitched, also throwing eight complete games and one no-hitter. Was also a key player in the lineup with a .314 batting average with 29 runs and 29 RBI. Helped Northern win a Division 1 district and MAC Blue conference title.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Dominant on the mound in performance, poise, and athletically fielding his position,” Bob Kearns said. “Produced offense with his bat and legs. Terrific leader by both example and words. Modest and hard working. Good defender with excellent arm.”
SEASON: Earned Division 2 All-District, All-Region and All-State Second Team honors after a strong season on the mound and in the batter’s box. Hit .420 and brought in 31 RBI with nine doubles and 15 walks as a hitter, helping Richmond to its 17th consecutive conference title.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He was a clutch player, all of our big RBI came by him,” Scott Evans said. “He led us at the plate when we needed a big hit, and he was equally as good on the mound for us. He was the key part of our success this season.”
SCHOOL: St. Clair
SEASON: Albion baseball commit who led the Saints in hitting with his .485 batting average and 21 runs. Earned All-MAC Blue, All-District and All-MAC Academic honors for St. Clair.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Moved from right field to second base and third base to help the team this year,” Denny White said. “An example of what an increase in confidence can do for a player. Positive teammate showing great support for others. Overcame a late season injury to lead the team in batting average.”
SCHOOL: St. Clair
SEASON: Dominated on the mound with a .36 ERA en route to a 5-2 record as a pitcher. Struck out 60 hitters in 39 innings, giving up just 20 hits and two earned runs all season. Earned All-District, All-MAC Academic and All-MAC Blue honorable mention accolades.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He’s an outstanding athlete,” Denny White said. “He was not allowed to throw until after the season started due to a labrum injury suffered during football season. He’s an excellent pitcher and our starting shortstop.”
SEASON: Earned First Team All-BWAC status after a strong season on the mound that included a 6-3 record and a .67 ERA. Also tossed 57 strikeouts for the Tigers while surrendering 18 walks.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Mitch put together one of the best pitching seasons I think I’ve ever coached,” Joel Hoover said. “He only had six wins but had four no decisions, of which all four he was on pace to be the winning pitcher. Not only that but two of his three losses were 1-0. He struck out 57 and only gave up 50 hits. Another player that I’m glad I have two more years with.”
SEASON: Held a .408 batting average with five homeruns and 26 RBI at the plate, also holding a 2.5 ERA in 46 innings pitched on the mound. Earned All-BWAC honors for the Muskrats and signed to play baseball at Riverland Community College in Minnesota.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He’s an exceptional team leader both on the field and off,” Mike Kras said. “Very strong work ethic to perfect his game and inspires others around him. The Muskrats will miss Mason Ruhlman on the field next year.”
SEASON: Earned BWAC MVP and All-District honors with a solid season hitting and pitching. Held a 1.29 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched to go 7-2 on the mound. Held a .329 batting average with 21 RBI at the plate to help the Blue Devils to their 17th straight conference title.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He was our guy that did a lot of things – he played second base, shortstop, pitched and played a little outfield,” Scott Evans said. “He was our leader and he’s a good kid and had a great season on the mound.”
SEASON: Maintained a .365 batting average with 29 RBI at the plate while playing as one of the best defensive catchers in the area. Earned All-BWAC honors for the Muskrats.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Team captain as a sophomore, exceptional work ethic, always staying after practice with Mason and a bucket baseballs hitting or fielding for an hour,” Mike Kras said. “Luke handled our pitching staff from behind the plate, and kept opposing runner at bay flashing a 1.87 pop time. The Muskrats are looking forward to Luke’s leadership in 2017.”
SCHOOL: Port Huron
SEASON: Earned All-MAC Blue honors while leading the Big Reds in hitting with a .438 batting average and .500 on base percentage. Was also Port Huron’s top pitcher with 65 strikeouts in 45 innings pitched, posting a 2.65 ERA on the season.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Brett Wagner was tremendous for us this year,” Kyle Sheppard said. “We knew we had a really good chance to win the days he was on the mound. Offensively he surpassed my expectations and in league play as the pitching we faced got better so did he.”
Trevor Barrett, sr., Richmond
Freddie Clark, sr., Port Huron
John Dorman, soph., Sandusky
Brenden Francis, sr., Memphis
Austin Fritch, jr., Deckerville
Joe Hagner, sr., Brown City
Cameron Hart, soph., Armada
Joe Hindy, sr., Algonac
Adam Job, soph., Armada
Justin Johnston, jr., Croswell-Lexington
Dillon Mitchell, sr., Memphis
Isaac Raab, sr., Port Huron Northern
Jared Ramsey, jr., Yale
Kohle Sobol, jr., Marine City
ALGONAC – Jagger Geck; ARMADA – Jared Couch, Braden Korchmar; BROWNCITY – Ryan Woods, Caleb Muxlow; CAPAC – Andrew Sams, Jeffrey Opificus; CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC – Aaron Cooney, Luke Smith; CROSWELL-LEXINGTON – Joey Johnston, Nick Eggers; DECKERVILLE – Wyatt Janowiak, Cody Williams, Kenton Bowerman; LANDMARK – Cam Koch, Noah Hamilton; MARLETTE– Aaron Lefler, Zak Chappel, Brett Havens; MARINE CITY – Jake Headlee, Zach Coverdill, Ryan Sommers; MARYSVILLE – Austin Paterson, Kyle Cook, Travis Disser, Phill Griffor, Jacob Woodward;MEMPHIS – Mike St. John, Nolan Addington, Zach Reschke, Jacob Walsh; PECK – Chase Merritt, Hunter Welsh; PORT HURON – Dallas Mitchell, Jayson LaRowe, Shawn Schomburg; PORT HURON NORTHERN – Brandon Doan, Nick Trimble, Anthoney Diettrick, Nolan Shagena; RICHMOND – Austin Sinda, Max Fahrney; SANDUSKY – Logan Wheeler, Derrick Scott, Trenton Keys; ST.CLAIR – Ian Janssen, Riley Gleason, Mitch Jackson; YALE – Jordan Craig, Garrett Snider, Kyle Avery, Ryan Korolden, Luc Sanderson