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Southeast Conference names baseball elite

Player of Year Hennigan tops list
Jul 24, 2018

By Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports

Washington’s Cade Hennigan was the Southeast Conference Player of the Year as the league named its all-conference baseball teams last week.

Washington had a total of eight athletes selected for their play on the field.

There were five Demons selected to the first team. Two Demons were second-team selections and one received honorable mention.

The All-Academic Team was also released and the Demons placed four players on that squad.

Luke Turner, a sophomore, was a first-team pick as an infielder and Washington junior Chase McDole was a first-team pick at pitcher. Washington senior Landon Hinckley was a first-team selection at designated hitter. Sophomore Brady Knutson was first team as a utlity pick.

Washington junior Kole Hinrichsen made the second team as a pitcher. Junior Brant Stout was second team in the outfield. Senior Jacob Hall was honorable mention.

Hennigan was also on the academic team, joined by teammates Erik Murphy, Kiowa Keith and McDole.

Although Hennigan wasn’t a full-time varsity player as a sophomore, he became the best player in the conference as a junior for a team that finished with a 21-12 record.

It was the first 20-win season for the Demons since going 22-15 in 2012 and Hennigan was a big reason why. Hennigan made the team as an outfielder. He also pitched for the Demons.

“Cade was a ball hawk in centerfield,” Demons head baseball coach Nathan Miller said. “He had an outstanding junior varsity season, so coming into the season we were confident in Cade’s ability to take over center field. Cade’s work ethic, attitude and buy-in with what we are doing as a program have also contributed to his success this year.”

Hennigan did not commit a single error while fielding this season.

On the mound, he had a 5-2 record and two saves in 32 2/3 innings pitched with 21 strikeouts and 14 walks. He had a 3.43 earned run average as opponents batted .260 against him.

Hennigan stole 22 bases in 23 attempts. Hennigan led the Demons in runs with 46, at-bats with 113, hits with 53, on-base percentage at .541 and batting average at .469. His 46 runs scored was second in the league.

His batting average would have led the conference except Demon teammate Turner also batted at a .469 clip.

Turner had a .673 slugging percentage, 23 stolen bases in 24 attempts, and an OBP of .512. He led the Demons in doubles (10), triples (5), runs batted in (39) and only struck out eight times in 113 at-bats. That was second best in the league for players with at least 100 at-bats. His 23 stolen bases led the league. His slugging percentage was third in the conference. His five triples were second in the league, RBI total was fourth and doubles tied for fifth.

Turner and Hennigan were tied for second in the league in hits with 53 each.

McDole had a 4-1 record in 29 2/3 innings pitched with a 1.65 ERA. He struck out 35 and walked 24. Opponents batted .113 against him.

Hinckley batted .320 with a .464 OBP. He batted in 20 runs and drew 20 walks while striking out just 10 times in 75 at-bats.

Knutson carried a .318 batting average, .439 OBP and batted in 26 runs, which was 10th best in the league.

Hinrichsen boasted a nearly 3 to 1 strikeouts to walks ratio, had a 6-0 record in 10 starts, threw a team-high 40 innings with 71 strikeouts, 25 walks and a 2.63 ERA. Opponents batted .178 when he was on the mound.

Stout had a .276 BA and his 32 walks drawn led the conference, contributing to his .488 OBP. He stole 22 bases in 25 attempts, tied for second in the league. He was third on the team with 30 runs scored and doubles with five.

Hall batted .264 with a OBP of .432. He was second on the Demons in earning a free pass to first base with 23 walks. He batted in 20 runs and tied for the team lead in sacrifices with four.

All four All-Conference lists can be found below, with the player’s grade in school in parenthesis.





Pitcher: Graham Kuehl (12), Fairfield; Jordan Magnani (12), Mt. Pleasant; Chase McDole (11), Washington.

Catcher: Dalton Boecker (11), Keokuk.

Infield: Austin Simpson (11), Fairfield; Cooper Drish (11), Fairfield; Cooper Huckabone (12), Mt. Pleasant; Luke Turner (10), Washington.

Outfield: Cade Hennigan (11), Washington (POY); Chase Lamm (11), Mt. Pleasant; Rylan Seberg (10), Mt. Pleasant.

DH: Landon Hinckley (12), Washington;

Utility: Brady Knutson (10), Washington.




Pitcher: Cade Lisk (12), Fairfield; Kole Hinrichsen (11), Washington; Colby Potts (12), Mt. Pleasant.

Catcher: Kosta Papazaglou (11), Fairfield.

Infield: Hunter Hoskins (12), Fairfield; Tristan Waugh (11), Fairfield; Jake Jones (12), Keokuk; Bryce Anderson (11), Mt. Pleasant.

Outfield: Brant Stout (11), Washington; Hunter Drish (12), Fairfield; Cole Engle (11), Fairfield.

DH: Jimmy Kurka (12), Fairfield.

Utility: Zach Beason (11), Mt. Pleasant.




Noah Stone (11), Fairfield; James Lyman (12), Fairfield; Jordan Gerdes (11), Fort Madison; Dayne Cordray (11), Fort Madison; Matt Wyatt (12), Keokuk; Bryce Miller (12), Keokuk; Caleb Potts (12), Mt. Pleasant; Keegan Rich (12), Mt. Pleasant; Jacob Hall (12), Washington.





Zach Beason (11), Mt. Pleasant; Chase Lamm (11), Mt. Pleasant; Cooper Huckbone (12), Mt. Pleasant; Jordan Magnani (12), Mt. Pleasant; Caleb Potts (12), Mt. Pleasant; Colby Potts (12), Mt. Pleasant; Keegan Rich (12), Mt. Pleasant; Jason Sammons (12), Mt. Pleasant; Brittan Bowman (11), Fairfield; Hunter Drish (12), Fairfield; Hunter Hoskins (12), Fairfield; Evan Huff (11), Fairfield; Caden Jones (11), Fairfield; Klehm Reece (11), Fairfield; Graham Kuehl (12), Fairfield; James Lyman (12), Fairfield; Austin Simpson (11), Fairfield; Jackson Weaton (11), Fairfield; Matt Wyatt (12), Keokuk; Gavin Walker (11), Keokuk; Erik Murphy (12), Washington; Kiowa Keith (12), Washington; Cade Hennigan (11), Washington; Chase McDole (11), Washington



Southeast Conference

Final Standings

Team Conf. Overall

Fairfield 13-3 30-9

Washington 11-4 21-12

Mount Pleasant 11-4 21-16

Fort Madison 3-13 5-20

Keokuk 1-15 7-32

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