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All-GTNS boys’ small school baseball teams

By Bill Gatchel | Aug 02, 2017
Garrett Colbert

Our spotlight on area athletes continues today as we continue with the All-Golden Triangle area boys baseball players from smaller schools in the area.

The sports editors from the Mt. Pleasant and Washington Journal along with the news editor from the Fairfield Ledger came together recently to make their choices.

As with the girls yesterday, selecting today’s players wasn’t easy.

While only one school got close to an appearance in the state tournament, it was a superb year for all area players.

Deciding who to choose was difficult for the three of us.

Tomorrow, we will continue our spotlight on area athletes by honoring girls softball players from the larger southeast Iowa schools.

Here are our picks for the 2016-17 All-Golden Triangle team for boys’ baseball from the smaller schools:

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.

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: Garrett Greiner is from Pekin. He 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 June 1, and against Central Lee June 19. He also threw a complete game one-hit gem against New London June 6.

Pitcher: Drake Brezina is a senior from IMS and 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.

Infield: Bill Burton, a senior from Highland, was picked as first team infield play 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.

Infield: Tanner Bainbridge is a sophomore from Pekin. He 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.

Infield: Torell Washington from Pekin wore many hats for the Panthers during his junior year.

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, a sophomore from New London, 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.

Catcher: Garrett Colbert is a senior from Highland.As an SEISC first team utility player, he had one home run in the season while totaling 12 RBIs.

He was walked 15 times and despite being hit by a pitch five times, he had a .387 batting average.

Outfield: Jake Huff, a senior from Pekin, 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: Jack Eakins is a junior from Keota and 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 and had one home run in the season.

Outfield: Britt Noel, a junior from New London, 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 a 0.61 ERA, the lowest of any Tiger starters.

Noel was recently named to the INA All-State honorable mention list.

Utility: Cameron Honomichl is a sophomore from 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: New London’s Reno Chiri is a senior. The 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 is from 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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