This week would’ve marked the start of Area Baseball and Softball Playoff Games, and with that always comes the KDUZ/KARP/KGLB All Area Teams in both sports. With the season cancelled amid the pandemic, we still wanted to honor area kids for the All Area Teams. So this year we’re naming an “Honorary” All Area Team in Baseball and Softball. Area Coaches in those 2 sports were invited to send us their complete list of Seniors on their team that lost their final season due to the cancellation. Then ALL of those kids were put on our list and ALL of them have been named “Honorary” All Area. We salute those boys and girls who lost their final season on a great career and wish them best of luck in the future! Not all Area Baseball and Softball Coaches responded to our request, but we want to make it clear we are naming ALL area Seniors in these two sports as our Honorary All Area Team. If you area coach who’s kids are not listed, please get in touch with Joel at our stations and we can certainly post your kids’ names and accomplishments!

(Descriptions have been copy and pasted directly from the area coaches. Any stats, quotes, or descriptions are that directly of that person’s head coach)

Honorary All Area Teams

Baseball

 

Mayer Lutheran

Zach Froman     Centerfielder/Pitcher     outstanding hitter/fielder            2-Time Honorable Mention All-Conference Player Planning to play at University of Minnesota – Morris next spring

 

Cody Bonk          Pticher/Outfield/DH       Our most successful pitcher in 2019              Hit cleanup for us           name to the All-Section Team in 2019

Watertown Mayer:
Patrick Anderson

Devyn Burns

Ansen Dulas 2019 All Conference Honorable Mention

Tanner Hilten

Will McBee

Jackson Meyer  2020 Captain, 2019 All Conference

Sam Ragner

Nick Trucke 2020 Captain, 2019 All Conference

Cale Wabbe 2019 All Conference Honorable Mention

Glencoe Silver Lake
Micheal Wiabel, Max Edwards, Reece Schwirtz, Ben Lepel, Preston Struges and Jose Mendoza. Glencoe Silver-Lake 2020 senior baseball players.

Dassel Cokato:
Calder Anderson INF

Sanders Asplin OF – 3 year starter, ALL WCC – SJU Football

Cole Evjen OF – 2 year starter

Noah Halonen P/IF – 2 year starter SJU Baseball/Wrestling

Austin Kantola C – 2 year starter – College Undecided Baseball

Jackson Martin P/1B – 2 year starter – M State Baseball

Ethan Mayer P/OF – 2 year starter

Jaeger Ohm P

Trent Raisanen P/IF

Paul Vetsch INF

Sydney Isaacson 2 year MGR

ACGC:

Josh Kinzler – Josh would have been starting for ACGC for a 4th year this season.  He is a very versatile player having played shortstop, 2nd base, centerfield, catcher and pitcher during his career.  Last year he was our leading hitter and accomplished an amazing feat as he went through the whole high school and Legion seasons without striking out once.   His final average last season was .403 and his career batting average was .313.  Last season Josh was 19 for 20 in stolen bases and for his career he had 29 steals in 31 attempts.  He had 52 hits and scored 33 runs in his career.  As a pitcher he was 5-7 with a .287 era during his 3 years at ACGC.  He threw the 2nd most innings on our pitching staff last year. 

 

Dawson Miller – Dawson has been hurt the past 2 seasons and didn’t play as much as we were hoping and planning.  We were looking for big things from Dawson this year as he is a very athletic 6’4” player who is going to continue his athletic career playing basketball at St. Scholastica  College in Duluth.  For his career Dawson hit .239 with a .244 average last season.

 

Jose Posada – Jose was looking to be our 3rd basemen this season.  He is hoping to continue playing baseball at Ridgewater College next season.  Last season Jose was hitless in 12 at bats but we were confident that he was going to be much improved this season.  He also pitched in one game last season.

 

Brady Kruse – Brady hit .241 last season as he was 7-29.  He hit .500 with runners in scoring position as was earning more playing time at the end of the season.  Our team played much better at the end of the season and Brady was one of the main reasons for that happening. 

 

Shelby Shoen – Shelby was our leadoff hitter last year for most of the season.  He ended up hitting .138 with his on base percentage being .250.  He was our 2nd baseman.  We will miss Shelby’s leadership.

 

Dawson Tebben – Dawson was coming out for baseball for the first time since junior high so we don’t have any statistics on his career.

BLHS:

Dylan Maiers- 5 yr starter, 3B/P

Elijah Stifter- 5yr starter, SS/P

Seth Kirtz- 2 yr starter, 1B

Kaden Zanoth- 2 yr starter, LF

Ben Dornseif- 2 yr starter, P/C

Hutchinson:

Tyler Schiller – A 3 year All WCC performer.  1st Team All State in 2019.  The SCSU signee set a single season school record 34 RBI as a freshman and collectively in his career 79 RBI over 3 seasons which is also a school record.  Tyler will leave HHS as one of the top players of all time.  He is one of the single most competitive athletes that we have ever had the pleasure to coach who had a true desire to make others around him better.  Tyler was SO ready to be a major part of the Tigers competing for their 4th WCC championship in 6 years and both this year’s section and state titles.    

 

Russell Corrigan – Russell leaves as the only 3 sport, 4 year letter winner, in HHS history.  A 2 time All WCC performer, Russell is one of the most beloved, calm-demeanored, yet tenacious competitors that Hutch has ever had.  A tremendous teammate, Russell was a major part of the backbone of Hutchinson sports over the past 4 years.  Russell was primed and ready to be a major part of the Tigers competing for their 4th WCC championship in 6 years and the Section Title.  

 

Ethan Beffert – A 3 year starter that has willed himself to become a great player and teammate.  His work ethic and compassion for others made him one of the top all around Tigers in recent generations.  An All WCC performer in 2019, Ethan is tremendously respected by all of his teammates due to his tenacity and compassion for his fellow Tigers.  He was ready to be a major part of the Tigers competing for their 4th WCC championship in 6 years and this year’s section and state titles.    

 

Jake Schumann – A Tiger in every facet of our motto.  His work ethic and desire to become great, earned the respect of his teammates naming him a Co-captain in 2020.  He has worked so hard to make himself a tremendous baseball player that was ready to lead on and off the field.  He is loved by teammates and respected by all due to the compassion and desire he possesses.  

 

Jon Kuttner – A tremendously talented baseball player and teammate, Jon came into the 2019 campaign as one of our top players.  After struggling to find his groove, he did not let it set him back, but rather figured out how he could best help the team!  His tremendously positive attitude was a key factor in helping the Tigers to 3As #1 ranked team by the end of the season.  He is a wonderful team player that loves the game of baseball and will do anything to help his team be successful. 

 

Owen Weisenberger-  A Tiger in every facet of our motto that did what was best for the TEAM by seeing very limited action in 2019, however choosing to help the team in any way that he could.  Owen worked super hard over the off season and was truly ready to help lead Hutch to a tremendous year in 2020.   He is loved by teammates and respected by all due to the compassion and desire he possesses for everyone around him.  

 

Alex Prieve – One of the ultimate Tigers that did what was best for the TEAM by performing and leading at the junior varsity level in 2019.  Alex was primed to have a breakout year and help lead Hutch to a tremendous year in 2020.   We are excited to watch him continue his playing career at Ridgewater next year.

 

Kyle Betker – the Waldorf signee was the epitome of a Tiger teammate as he was a key performer and leader at the junior varsity level in 2019.  Kyle was as focused as anyone to take off this spring and do great things. After a stellar summer, the Hutch staff was excited to have Kyle step up and help the Tigers compete for another WCC Championship and section title in 2020. 

 

Ryan Tollefson – A member of a handful of seniors that were the epitome of what we ask a Tiger to be.   Ryan did what was best for the TEAM by performing and leading at the junior varsity level in 2019 and he had a great campaign. Ryan has prepared  well and wants to help the team in any way he can. He was ready to have a breakout year and help lead Hutch to a tremendous year in 2020.   There is little doubt in any of the coaches’ minds that Ryan was going to have a tremendous spring and  help the Tigers compete for another WCC Championship and section title.

 

Issac Sepulveda – A member of a handful of seniors that were the epitome of what we ask a Tiger to be – selfless.   Issac did what was best for the TEAM by performing and leading at the junior varsity level in 2019 and he had a great campaign.  He was ready to have a breakout year and help lead Hutch to a tremendous year in 2020.   Without a doubt, Issac was ready to have a tremendous spring and  help the Tigers compete for another WCC Championship and section title.

 

Payton Jepson – A member of a handful of seniors that were the epitome of what we ask a Tiger to be – selfless.   Payton did what was best for the TEAM by performing and leading at the junior varsity level in 2019 and he had a great campaign.  He was ready to do whatever he could to help lead Hutch to a tremendous year in 2020.  Payton was ready to have a tremendous spring and  help the Tigers compete for another WCC Championship and section title.

 

Tony Dettman – A member of a handful of seniors that were the epitome of what we ask a Tiger to be – selfless.   Tony did what was best for the TEAM by performing and leading at the junior varsity level in 2019.  Tony worked really hard in the offseason and had a great summer in 2019 as well.  He was ready to do whatever he could to help lead Hutch to a tremendous year in 2020.  Tony was ready to have a tremendous spring and  help the Tigers compete for another WCC Championship and section title.

 

Gavin Weseloh – A member of a handful of seniors that were exactly what we ask a Tiger to be – selfless.   Gavin did what was best for the TEAM by performing and leading at the junior varsity level in 2019 and he had a great campaign.  Gavin is a super ballplayer and was primed to take off this spring.He was ready to be a regular performer and to help lead Hutch to a tremendous year in 2020.  There is little doubt within the system, that Gavin was ready to have a tremendous spring and  help the Tigers compete for another WCC Championship and section title.

 

Connor Stadtlander – Another member of a handful of seniors that were the epitome of what we ask a Tiger to be – selfless.   Connor has always done what is best for the TEAM.  He has continued to work and help the program in any way that he could.  He was again ready to do whatever he could to help lead Hutch to a tremendous year in 2020 and  help the Tigers compete for another WCC Championship and section title.

Waconia Baseball 2020 Seniors

1.) Trey Peitz- attending UofM Majoring in international business

2.) Logan Gieseke- attending St. Johns majoring in Business

3.) Max Grundhofer- attending Mesabi Range CC for Carpentry and

playing baseball

4.) Carson Karnes- attending SMSU undecided and playing baseball

5.) Todd Jagr- attending St. Johns Undecided and Playing football

6.) Conner Olson- attending UMD majoring in exercise science

7.) Ben Hissam- attending St. Johns majoring in Statistics and walking

on for baseball

8.) JJ Langer- attending UW-Lacrosse majoring in Exercise Science and

playing baseball

9.) Max Kalenberg- Attending SMSU studying Sports Management and

Playing baseball

10.) Ryan Dvorak- Undecided

11.) Jacob Sonnek- Attending UofM Majoring in Aerospace

engineering

12.) Conner Schwob- attending St. Johns studying Global Business

and playing basketball


Softball

Glencoe Silver Lake-

Hannah Boesche, GSL, SS- hit .413 in her final season, 30 runs scored


Maddie Emery, GSL, OF-Hit .254 in her final season, OBP of .389

Kaylee Lemke, GSL, OF-Scored 6 runs in her final season

Taylor Kaczmarek, GSL, P/OF-Good Base Runner, led the team with 9 stolen bases in her final season

Sydney Lepel, GSL, 3B-Powerful hitter, 2 HR, 11 RBI in her final season, Big HR in upset of NYA last year

Lily Schmitt, GSL, IF/OF-Good OBP of .389, led team in getting hit with a pitch

Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity-

Josie Dolezel  12th grade    4yr. starter 3rd base,SS  lead off batter, tremendous speed/quickness with great reaction time. 32 stolen bases last year out of 32 attempts! Unanimous All Conference Jr. year! Best 3rd base player I have ever coached in 34 years!

Myranda Hentges 12th grade  4yr.  Starter CF great jump on the ball very solid center field play great range. Honorable mention All Conf. Jr. year, Myranda had surgery and would have been our captain from the bench but would have been a huge part keeping spirits high on the team!

Maddie Guggemos  12th grade   3yr. starter LF, 1st base  backup pitcher,  very good player would play any position needed to be on the field! Very good power batting!

Kayla Lorentz   12th grade 2yr. starter Catcher. Very solid behind the plate with many no attempts at steals with many thrown out that tried. Solid at the plate was one of the power hitters. I feel Kayla would have had an outstanding year!

Shelbea Schuette   12th grade   2yr. starter 1st base, Shelbea is a hard worker and made herself into a good player. 

These young ladies all are great people! They worked hard daily and had positive outlooks always. They will be missed on next year’s team. Bill

Mayer Lutheran:

Anna Baumann, C, Mayer Lutheran:  Anna was a four year starter for the Crusaders.  Her bat was a key component to our success, as she batted in the top half of our lineup all four years.  Anna played infield for us before shifting to catcher her junior year.  Anna’s leadership on the field and off was evident in the way her teammates respected her.  Anna’s love for the game and her team will be greatly missed.  Anna is the daughter of Greg and Connie and attended St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake.

 

Riley Corrigan, 2B, Mayer Lutheran:  Riley was a five year starter for the Crusaders, playing both shortstop and second base for the program.  Riley’s softball experience were an important part of helping build this program.  Her leadership was valuable, and her fun nature always helped make practices a fun atmosphere.  Riley is the daughter of Larry Corrigan and Amy Corrigan and attended St. John’s Lutheran School in NYA.

 

Anna Karels, LF, Mayer Lutheran:  Anna was a five year starter for the Crusaders, playing some infield before solidifying our outfield the past three years.  Anna’s softball experience helped us build this program over her time at MLHS.  Her mentorship of younger players was incredibly valuable for the program and its growth.  Anna is the daughter of Todd and Kristen and attended St. John’s Lutheran School in NYA.

 

Martha Kelzer, OF, Mayer Lutheran:  Martha joined the softball program her sophomore year, making the transition from slow pitch softball.  Martha was always full of energy and ready to play.  She was always intense, both at practices and games.  Martha is the daughter of Jim and Grace and attended St. John’s Lutheran School in Chaska.

 

Lexi Schermann, OF-IF, Mayer Lutheran:  Lexi joined the softball program her junior year.  New to the sport, Lexi worked hard, soaked up the instruction, and grew as a player.  Her athleticism was an asset, allowing her to play both infield and outfield for the Crusaders.  Lexi is the daughter of Jon and Lisa and attended Watertown-Mayer Middle School.

 

Lydia Trocke, RF-C, Mayer Lutheran:  Lydia was a member of the softball program for six years.  Her attitude was always great; she was focused and ready to practice or play.  Her love for the game was clearly evident, and she was a pleasure to have in our program.  Lydia is the daughter of John and Lori and attended St. John’s Lutheran School in NYA.

Watertown Mayer:
Madelyn Vargo, IF/C, Watertown-Mayer High School

 – Finished Junior season with a .397 Batting AVG

 – Previous Honors of All-Conference (2018, 2019), All-Section (2019), Team MVP (2019), Team Offensive Player of the Year (2019), Spotlight on Scholarship (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), Varsity Letter Winner (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), Honorary Varsity Letter Winner (2020), A member of Team-Academic Gold Award (2020)

Brita Haataja, OF/Utility, Watertown-Mayer High School

 – Finished Junior season with a .357 Batting AVG

 – Previous Honors of All-Conference Honorable Mention (2019), Spotlight on Scholarship (2017, 2018, 2019), Varsity Letter Winner (2017, 2018, 2019), Honorary Varsity Letter Winner (2020), A member of Team-Academic Gold Award (2020)

Lauren Foley, OF, Watertown-Mayer High School

 – Finished Junior season with a .356 Batting AVG

 – Previous Honors of All-Section (2019), Spotlight on Scholarship (2017, 2018, 2019),  Team Hardest Worker Award (2018, 2019),  Varsity Letter Winner (2017, 2018, 2019), Honorary Varsity Letter (2020), A member of Team-Academic Gold Award (2020)

Caitlin Johnson, OF, Watertown-Mayer High School 

 – Honorary Varsity Letter Winner (2020), A member of Team-Academic Gold Award (2020) 

ACGC Softball

Rachel Wilner

SS/C

ACGC

She has been a starter since a sophomore. Rachel has been a consistent power hitter in the middle of the lineup while covering a lot of ground in the infield. Over her Falcon career, she had a batting average of .421 and slugged .602. Rachel had 56 hits with 15 of them going for extra bases including three homers and nine doubles. She drove in 38 runs over her career while also stealing 23 bases. Rachel would have continued to be a leader for the Falcons this year excelling in all aspects of the game.

Shayna Hobson

P/1B

ACGC

Last year, Shayna spent most of her time at first base while also pitching in the circle. This year, she was going to see a lot of time inside the circle. Last year, she picked up one win for ACGC. In the batter’s box, Shayna hit .358 with a trio of doubles driving in 10 runs.

Nicole Whitcomb

CF

ACGC

Nicole excelled in her first year starting for the Falcons last year. She covered a lot of ground in center field erasing base hits for many opposing hitters. In the leadoff spot, Nicole hit .352 with an on base percentage of .462. She stole six bases while clubbing three doubles for the Falcons on the year. There is no doubt Nicole would have built on last year’s success.

Noelle Dilley

IF

ACGC

After losing the prior two years to injury, Noelle was beyond excited to return to the diamond this year. She would have been a valuable member of the lineup while patrolling the infield for ACGC. Noelle would have been a great leader for the team this year.

Hattie Kragenbring

Student Manager

ACGC

Hattie has been a student manager since she was a sophomore. Her knowledge of the game grew with every pitch allowing the coaches to focus on coaching while she took care of the book and other important items in the dugout. Hattie could anticipate the questions from the coaches and have the data ready for them to make informed decisions. Her knowledge, anticipation, and expertise would have again been an invaluable asset this year.

Brooke Schroeder

IF

ACGC

Brooke spent last year patrolling the right side of the infield at second base. She improved in her range and skill in the infield over the course of the season. At the plate, Brooke drove in four runs and drew nine walks on the season last year. She would have continued to improve this year for ACGC.

Alyssa Wartman

OF

ACGC

Alyssa saw limited time at the varsity level last year, but she definitely contributed to ACGC’s second place finish in the West Central Conference. She crossed home in two of her five plate appearances while making some big catches in the outfield in a win last year at Melrose. Alyssa’s bat would surely have been a big plus in the ACGC lineup this year.

Joanie Lund

OF

ACGC

Joanie was set to get her first varsity action this year. Beginning softball only two years ago, no member of the Falcons has improved more than Joanie the last two years. She was a valued member of ACGC the last two years and would definitely have continued to be a positively influential member of the softball team this year that everyone looked up to with her wit and wisdom.

Peyton Larson-Burr

OF

ACGC

Peyton was a new member to ACGC High School this year and was looking to be a contributing member of the Falcons in the outfield. Peyton’s bat would also have been a great asset in the Falcon lineup this year.

Sibley East:
Arayah St. John, infield/pitcher, Sibley East High School 

Arayah a 3 year letterwinner is a great all around ball player. She was looking to have a successful senior season. Arayah didn’t pitch her junior year but was looking to get back on the mound this season. Arayah plans to attend St. Cloud State University, Mankato in the fall. 

Donnae Morton, infield, Sibley East High School

Donnae a two year letter winner sat out some of her junior year due to an injury. She is extremely bummed about missing her senior season. She has put a lot of work in the off season to get ready for the season ahead. Donnae plans to attend Northern State University and play softball. 

Bianca Mendez, catcher/outfield, Sibley East High School

Bianca had a great defensive season as a junior. She has worked on her offensive play in the off season and was looking to have an all around successful senior season. Bianca plans to attend Winona State in the fall. 

Hannah Ebert, infield, Sibley East High School

Hannah a 2 year letter winner for the Wolverines. Hannah played 3rd base as junior. She led the team in stolen bases during her junior year. Hannah plans to attend NDSU and major in finance and accounting. 

Hutchinson:

Alyssa Grutt, C, Hutchinson High School.  Alyssa is a 2020 softball captain.  She became varsity starter towards the end of her freshman year.  Alyssa has been the starting catcher since her sophomore year.  Alyssa is a quiet but impactful leader both on and off the field.  She truly cares about all of her teammates and wants them to do well.  Many athletes look to Alyssa for advice and guidance.

 

Emily Pedersen, 1B, P, Hutchinson High School.  Emily is a 2020 softball captain.  She became a varsity starter towards the end of her sophomore year.  Emily has a strong bat that rallies her teammates with excitement.  Emily works hard in the off-season to bring her game to another level.  Emily is a verbal leader and encourages her teammates through words and actions.  She is always cheering her teammates on the loudest.

 

Kendra White, P/SS, Hutchinson High School. Kendra is a 2020 softball captain  Kendra became a starter on varsity her sophomore year.  Kendra had to fill large roles on the team in the pitching circle and at shortstop.  Kendra is a hard worker and pushes through around her to do their best.  Kendra will go the extra-mile to make sure she is giving it her all for her team.

 

Ari Vos, DP, 3B, Hutchinson High School.  Ari became a varsity player her junior year.  Ari stepped in the role as DP to help her team as a consistent hitter, when she makes contact she hits hard..  She would also fill in at 3rd and 1st base during her junior year.  Ari is a quiet presence on the team but gives it her all each game and practice.

 

Khiana Knuth, OF, 1B, Hutchinson High School.  Khiana became a varsity player her junior year. Khiana would play left field during her junior season.  When on the base baths, Khiana is a quick player that tested other teams.  Khiana has an infectious positive attitude and work ethic.  When you are around her, you want to do better as a player.   

 

Kalli Fitterer, SS, OF, Hutchinson High School.  Kalli became a varsity player her junior year.  Kalli has a strong arm and is extremely quick on the base paths.  Kalli has the ability to track down balls in the outfield quickly and get them to stop runners from advancing.  Kalli keeps the energy going on the bench and cheering her teammates on.  

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