By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The 2018 Southeast Conference baseball season went a lot like previous years as the three Golden Triangle teams dominated in conference play. Fairfield, Mt. Pleasant and Washington were the top three teams in the league for the third-straight year, with the Trojans taking home the conference crown.
Mt. Pleasant tied for second with Washington this season and earned four players on the 2018 All-GTNS squad, which is made up of the top performers th is season.
Listed below are the selections for the All-GTNS big school baseball team, which is the last All-GTNS team to be released this summer.
Coach: Josh Allison, Fairfield: Thirty wins for Josh Allison this year gives him 342 for his coaching career that has spanned 17 seasons, all at the Trojans helm after graduating from FHS in 1994 and pitching collegiately for Central and then Northern Iowa.
Allison has been named skipper of this squad four of the last five seasons, partly because he?s led the Trojans to the Southeastern Conference title in five of the last six years. Allison is known for providing his players with a fun and loose environment with teammates expected to call and respond as a unit and support their brothers in baseball if and when heads start to hang.
Captain: Cade Hennigan, Junior, Washington: Cade Hennigan, a junior, excelled in his first full year of varsity play, being named the Southeast Conference Player of the Year. His on-base percentage of .541 was first in the conference.
His batting average of .469 tied for the tops in the league with teammate Luke Turner. His 53 hits were second as were his 22 stolen bases in 23 attempts and 46 runs scored. His slugging percentage of .549 was a top-10 stat. He struck out just nine times in 113 at-bats and drew 18 walks.
He also spent 32 2/3 innings on the mound in seven appearances with a 5-2 record and two saves. Opponents batted .260 against him and he had a 3.43 earned run average.
Pitcher: Kole Henrichsen, Junior, Washington: Hinrichsen didn?t lose a game this season, sporting a 6-0 record in 12 appearances.
The junior held opponents to a .178 batting average with a 2.63 earned run average. He struck out 71 batters while walking 25 in 40 innings pitched.
In the batter?s box, he fashioned a .333 batting average and a .511 OBP.
Pitcher: Graham Kuehl, Senior, Fairfield: The little guy with a big arm went 8-1 in 10 starts for the Trojans while posting a 3.33 ERA and an opponent?s batting average of .241 in 48 1/3 innings pitched.
Kuehl?s K/W ratio was more than 2-1 with 47 strikeouts and just 20 walks issued. A four-year starter on the mound, Kuehl accumulated a 24-6 career record with 147 strikeouts and just 54 walks, while earning back-to-back all-GTNS accolades the last two seasons.
Infield: Austin Simpson, Junior, Fairfield: Already making his sixth all-GTNS team before starting his senior season (basketball ?16 and ?17, football ?17 and baseball ?16-?17-?18), Simpson is a boy-faced man among dangly teenagers. Simpson hit safely in 26 of the Trojans 39 games, accumalating 38 hits in 112 at-bats for a .339 batting average.
The Fairfield standout also hit eight doubles and 10 homeruns while drawing 29 walks to earn on-base and slugging percentages of .497 and .679, respectively. Simpson scored 32 runs, drove in another 47 and was successful in three of four stolen base attempts. Simpson is projected to make three more all-GTNS teams as a senior in football, basketball and baseball.
Infield: Cooper Huckabone, Senior, Mt. Pleasant: Mt. Pleasant?s senior slugger Cooper Huckabone was the best power bat in the lineup in 2018. The corner infielder has been one of the top Panther hitters for the last three years and he ended his high school career in style this season.
Huckabone hit .377 this year with 10 doubles, two triples and three homeruns. He also led the team with 40 RBIs, which was 15 more than second best.
Infield: Luke Turner, Sophomore, Washington: Turner shared the league lead in batting average (.469) with teammate and GTNS captain Hennigan.
He was third in the conference with a .673 slugging percentage, fourth in the league with 39 runs batted in, fifth in the conference with 10 doubles, second in the league with five triples and hit a home run. Turner was second on the Demons with 32 runs scored. He struck out just eight times in 113 at-bats.
Infield: Cooper Drish, Senior, Fairfield: Indestructable at shortstop, Drish batted a team-high .433 with 12 doubles, a triple, a homerun and 19 walks drawn, raising his on-base and slugging percentages to a team-high .527 and third best .596, respectively.
?Coop? also had 33 runs scored, 35 RBI, four hit-by-pitch, four sacrifices and was 13-13 in stolen base attempts. Defensively, Drish had 55 assists and 32 putouts against just eight errors for a .916 fielding percentage. This is the soon-to-be senior?s first all-GTNS selection, although he will be projected to earn another spot next year in his final season with the Trojans.
Catcher: Kosta Papazoglou, Junior, Fairfield: ?Coast-A Pa-pa-Za-Glue? is making his third consecutive all-GTNS big baseball team after posting both a .360 batting average during his junior campaign and continuing to have the hardest name to pronounce in the SEC, three years running. Papazoglou not only hit, he hit for power with 13 doubles, a triple and a homerun that helped produce 33 RBI.
All that, combined with 18 walks drawn, three hit-by-pitches and five stolen bases, led to 27 runs scored and gave the Trojan backstop .455 on-base and .523 slugging percentages.
The soon-to-be senior also threw 11 innings of relief in eight appearances for Fairfield, collecting four saves while walking five, striking out 17 and allowing just a .143 batting average by his oppenent?s. Not only did Papazoglou throw out 40-percent of the runners that attempted to steal on him during his first job as the Trojans everyday backstop, but he only committed two errors on the season, paired with 12 assists and 117 putouts, giving him an outstanding .985 fielding percentage.
Outfield: Rylan Seberg, Sophomore, Mt. Pleasant: Rylan Seberg brought a little of everything to Mt. Pleasant in 2018. Seberg played outfield and infield and was a solid hitter in the number two spot in the lineup.
Seberg finished the year hitting .345 with three doubles, four triples and 23 RBIs. He was also the second best Panther on the bags, going 12-12 in stolen bases.
Outfield: Chase Lamm, Junior, Mt. Pleasant: Chase Lamm, Junior, Mt. Pleasant: The Mt. Pleasant offense brought a lot of speed to the diamond in 2018 and one of those speedsters was Chase Lamm.
Lamm hit .229 this season with six doubles, one triple, one homerun and 12 RBIs. The junior also stole seven bases in eight attempts, which ranked third on the team.
Outfield: Hunter Drish, Senior, Fairfield: A vocal leader and a nominee for class-clown, Drish will pursue a possible political life this fall at the University of Iowa where he?ll cherish the season he just completed where he hit .344 with a double and 18 RBI.
Drish also scored 30 runs thanks to 18 successful stolen base attempts, 14 walks drawn and three hit-by-pitches that gave him an on-base percentage of .439 and led to 18 RBI. The outfielder had five assists and 61 putouts with just three errors for a fielding percentage of .957.
Utility: Jordan Magnani, Senior, Mt. Pleasant: Jordan Magnani was everywhere for Mt. Pleasant this season, getting it done in the field and at the plate, the prime definition of a utility man.
Magnani hit .353 with a team-leading 12 doubles along with two triples and 15 RBIs. The Panther leadoff man was also the most efficient pitcher on the squad, going 9-3 with a 3.55 ERA and a team-leading 48 strikeouts.
Utility: Hunter Hoskins, Senior, Fairfield: The offensive leader of the 2018 Trojans, Hoskins led Fairfield in at-bats (135), runs scored (51), hits (55), stolen bases (19) and hit-by-pitches (eight). He turned those numbers, along with 11 walks drawn into a .407 batting average and a .474 on-base percentage.
Hoskins also had eight doubles and three homeruns that produced 28 RBI and a .533 slugging percentage. Playing the hot-corner, Hunter made 46 assists at third base and had 26 putouts. For his FHS career, Hoskins totaled 111 games played over the past three seasons with 133 hits, 73 RBI, 128 runs scored and 45 stolen bases. This is Hoskins second consecutive all-GTNS big baseball selection.
Utility: Tristan Waugh, Junior, Fairfield: Waugh puts up numbers that us fancy-tongued sports writers like to call, ?stupid,? which is why he?s earned a fourth all-GTNS selection (football ?16-?17 and baseball ?17-?18) heading into his senior year. In the fall of 2017, Waugh set the FHS football team record for carries in a game with 50-plus before starting at power forward for the basketball team throughout the winter and then at second base for the pill-tossers during the summer months.
124 at-bats for Waugh led to 48 hits, 14 of which were doubles, two were triples and the junior hit six unquestioned homeruns that combined produced four stolen bases, 38 runs scored and 53 RBI. Waugh finished with a .387 batting average, a .467 on-base percentage and slugged .677. Waugh also committed just four errors, paired with 63 assists and 47 putouts that left him with a .948 fielding percentage.
The 2018 All-GTNS big school baseball team was selected by Justin Webster of the Fairfield Ledger, Doug Brenneman of the Washington Evening Journal and Andy Krutsinger of the Mt. Pleasant News.