Four Trojans earn CKL baseball honors

Four players from Hills­boro’s baseball team have received recognition from Central Kansas League coaches.

Senior Austin Cross was a first-team selection at two positions, pitcher and first-base. Sophomore Kaden Kleiner was named to the second team as an outfielder, junior Braden Vogt received honorable mention at shortstop and freshman Brooks Gardner was an honorable-mention pick as a utility player.

The Trojans posted a 5-13 record for the season and made it to the regional semifinals.

2016 CKL All-League Baseball

First team

Pitcher: Chase VanSteenburg, jr., Halstead; Jacob Kurz, sr., Pratt; Isiah Perez, sr., Larned; Austin Cross, sr., Hillsboro.

Catcher: Sean Nole (U), sr., Pratt.

First base: Johnathan Herter, jr., Larned; Austin Cross, sr., Hills­boro.

Second base: Hayden Schrag, sr., Pratt.

Shortstop: Isiah Perez, sr., Larned; Jacob Kurz, sr., Pratt.

Third base: Travis Thies (U), fr., Pratt

Outfield: Kody Lang, sr., Hoising­ton; Tal Hartley, jr., Kingman; Mason Schartz, jr., Larned; Laydon Studer, so., Pratt.

Utility: Landon Erway, sr., Larned.

Designated hitter: Trevor Thomas, sr., Halstead.

Second team

Pitcher: Evan Skelton, sr., Larned; Sean Nole, sr., Pratt; Jacob Warnken, sr., Hoisington; Logan Adelhardt, sr., Kingman.

Catcher: Eric Williams, sr., Haven; Jeremy Breit, jr., Hoisington.

First base: Tyler Edwards, jr., Lyons.

Second base: Evan Skelton, sr., Larned.

Shortstop: Riley Kirkhardt, jr., Lyons.

Third base: Adam Leroux, sr., King­man.

Outfield: Nathan Rohling, so., Haven; Josh Salazar, so., Nickerson; Kaden Kleiner, so., Hillsboro; Logan Waldschmidt, so., Kingman.

Utility: Tanner Schrag, fr., Nicker­son.

Designated hitter: Ruben Romero, jr., Haven.

Honorable mention

Pitcher: Dylan Goodell, sr., Smoky Valley; James Henkle, so., Haven; Jeff Hendrixson, jr., Haven; Jordan Doug­las, sr., Lyons; Daniel Fulgham, jr., Halstead.

Catcher: Layke Heimerman, jr., Nickerson.

First base: Austin Engelland, jr., Nickerson; Tate Kaufman, sr., Halstead.

Second base: Dylan Ratzlaff, sr., Halstead; Kaleb McLean, sr., Nickerson.

Shortstop: Braden Stewart, jr., Nickerson; Chase VanSteenburg, jr., Halstead; Braden Vogt, jr., Hillsboro; Braedan Crites, sr., Hoisington; Brett Heitschmidt, so., Smoky Valley.

Third base: Kolbi Schrag, so. Nick­erson; Gage Skelton, jr., Larned; Hun­ter Hanzlick, sr., Hoisington.

Outfield: Ezra Ezell, jr., Haven; Kaleb Blazek, so., Hoisington; Justin Oberle, jr., Chase.

Utility: Drake Link, sr., Lyons; Brooks Gardner, fr., Hillsboro; Zach Able, so., Smoky Valley.

Designated hitter: None.

Central Kansas League

(Final) *League Overall


Larned** – – 19 4

Pratt** – – 19 4

Nickerson – – 11 9

Halstead – – 10 12

Kingman – – 10 12

Hoisington – – 7 12

Haven – – 8 13

Hillsboro – – 5 13

Lyons – – 4 15

Smoky Valley – – 3 16

*Unavailable **Qualified for state

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