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Telegram All-Area Baseball Team

Ryan Anderson

            Jr. • P/SS/CF • Solon Springs

• Led the Eagles in hits (26), runs scored (21) batting average (.413) and slugging percentage (.508). His hits included four doubles and a triple. Anderson also led the team in ERA (3.50) and opponent batting average (.213).

• Named to the All-Indianhead Conference second team.

• “Ryan had a solid junior season at the plate and on the mound,” said Eagles coach Nathan Ahlberg. “He led the team in several offensive and pitching categories and threw a complete-game one-hitter against Ironwood.”

Micah Goetsch

            Sr. • P/OF • Northwestern

• Played outfield and pitched for the Tigers, finishing with a 4-1 record and 4.25 ERA.

• Heart O’ North All-Conference honorable mention selection.

• “Micah was a pleasant surprise for our pitching staff this year,” said Tigers coach David Crail. “He showed tremendous growth when compared to last season and brought consistency and senior leadership to the position.

“Micah brought that same leadership to the outfield as well.  Micah is one of those players you wish you had another year with.”

Logan Griffith

            Sr. • 1B/3B/P •Superior

• Finished with 22 hits, including five doubles and a triple, while batting .333. Griffith had 13 RBIs to go along with a .397 on-base percentage and .439 slugging percentage.

• Named to the Lake Superior Conference All-Conference second team.

• “Logan Griffith improved very much from last year to this,” said Don Dembroski, Spartan head coach. “He raised his average by over 150 points. A quiet and serious hard worker at practice, Logan had many big hits for us during the year.”

Ryan Johnson

            Sr. • P/SS • Solon Springs

• Struck out only five times in 75 plate appearances. Johnson batted .367 with a .480 on-base percentage and a .417 slugging percentage. As a pitcher he struck out 61 batters in 46.1 innings.

• Named to the All-Indianhead Conference first team, finishing third in overall voting.

• He dedicated himself in the offseason to improve on the mound and became our No. 1,” Ahlberg said. “He had three complete game victories, including a one-hitter at Washburn in our opener. Great overall senior season from Ryan.”

Ian Klinzing

            Jr. • 1B • Solon Springs

• Hit 15 singles and four doubles as he led Solon Springs with a .588 on-base percentage.

• Klinzing finished second for the Eagles in both batting average (.404) and slugging percentage (.489).

• “He was first or second in several offensive categories,” Ahlberg said. “Ian moved into the cleanup spot about a quarter into the season. He was productive, hitting .429 with runners in scoring position and driving in a team-high 14 runs.”

Sam Martinson

            So. • P • Northwestern

• Led the Tigers pitching staff as a sophomore with 2.15 ERA. He struck out 42 while walking only 15 en route to a 3-2 record.

• Named to HON All-Conference second team.

• “Sam is one of the hardest workers on our team, and it showed through his growth as a pitcher this year,” Crail said. “I believe that he has embraced the fact that he is the leader of our young pitching staff. His talent along with his work ethic will make him an exciting player to keep an eye on over the next two years.”

Sean O’Neill

            Sr. • 1B/LF •Superior

• Led the Spartan in total hits (29), batting average (.387), on-base percentage (.432), slugging percentage (.507) and RBIs (17). He finished the year with 21 singles, seven doubles and one triple.

• Named to LSC All-Conference first team; earned Superior’s offensive MVP award.

• “Sean improved his batting average by over 100 points in his senior season,” Dembroski said. “A solid three or four batter all season for us. He was our most consistent hitter all season and led the team in extra base hits, with eight.”

Justin Reinkall

            So. • P/SS • Superior

• Finished first for Superior in runs scored (21) and second in total hits (24). As a pitcher, Reinkall struck out 27 batters in 38.1 innings and had a 2.19 ERA.

• Named to LSC All-Conference second team.

• “A very important part  of our team because of his overall skill set and versatility,” Dembroski said. “He led the team in innings pitched and often threw in our bigger games. He was our main shortstop all year, with a plus arm and glove, and was one of our top batters in the one or two hole all year.”

Austin Sears

            Jr. • P/2B/3B • Superior

• Pitched 26.1 innings for the Spartans and compiled a team-low .797 ERA. He finished with a 3-1 record and one save. At the plate, he had 20 hits — fourth best on the team.

• Named an honorable mention choice for the LSC All-Conference team.

• “Austin Sears improved a lot from last year, where he was part-time varsity and part-time JV,” Dembroksi said. “He had the lowest ERA on the team and pitched very well in big conference games this year, both as a reliever and starter.  Austin also has tremendous speed and had several infield hits.”

Parker Thomas

            Jr. • 2B • Solon Springs

• Finished second on the team in hits (23) and RBIs (13). He batted .390 with a .493 on-base percentage and .458 slugging percentage.

• Named to the All-Indianhead Conference second team.

• “Parker had a strong finish, hitting .522 over the last seven games of the season,” Ahlberg said. “I’m hoping his finish carries over to his senior season.

“He played a solid second base and moved over to first for a couple of games when we were shorthanded.”