Two Trojan baseball players honored

by Don Ratzlaff

The Free Press

Baseball coaches from the Central Kansas League selected two players from Hillsboro’s 6-16 team for all-league recognition.

Senior Braden Vogt, who played shortstop for the Trojans, was selected for the second team as a designated hitter. Vogt batted .328 over 22 games with 20 hits in 61 at-bats. He scored 14 runs and drove in eight.

Jacob Funk, a junior, received honorable mention at first base. He hit .281 with 18 hits in 64 at-bats. He scored eight runs and drove in 11.

2017 CKL All-League Baseball

First team

Pitcher: Jackson States, jr., Haven; Carson Cornelius, so., Nickerson; Grant Bolen, so., Pratt; Kaden Evert, so., Pratt.

Catcher: Peyton Pickering, sr., King­man.

First base: Johnathan Herter, sr., Larned.

Second base: Mason Schwartz, sr., Larned.

Shortstop: Braden Stewart, sr., Nickerson.

Third base: Tanner Schrag, so., Nickerson.

Outfield: Tony Morris, sr., Hal­stead; Josh Salazar, jr., Nickerson; Dalton Bright, sr., Larned; Logan Waldschmidt, jr., Kingman.

Designated hitter: Kolbi Schrag, jr., Nickerson.

Utility: Chase VanSteenburg, sr., Halstead.

Second team

Pitcher: Chase VanSteenburg, sr., Halstead; Layke Helmerman, sr., Halstead; Collin Schlochtermeier, sr., Hoisington; Gage Skelton, sr., Larned.

Catcher: Jeremy Breit, sr., Hoising­ton.

First base: Hunter Hanzlick, sr., Hoisington.

Shortstop: Travis Theis, so., Pratt.

Third base: Layke Heimerman, sr., Halstead.

Outfield: Tal Hartley, sr., Kingman; Drew Roadhouse, sr., Pratt; Kaden Evert, so., Pratt; Zach Able, jr., Smoky Valley.

Designated hitter: Braden Vogt, sr., Hillsboro.

Utility: Landen Studer, jr., Pratt.

Honorable mention

Pitcher: Bobby Schrag, jr., Haven; Tyler Edwards, sr., Lyons; Austin Engel­land, sr., Nickerson; Tal Hartley, sr., Kingman, Jeff Hendrixson, sr., Haven.

Catcher: Justin Lamatsch, jr, Pratt; Brett Heitschmidt, jr., Smoky Valley; Lane Boswell, sr., Halstead.

First base: Tyler Edwards, sr., Lyons; Jacob Funk, jr., Hillsboro.

Second base: None.

Shortstop: Chase VanSteenburg, sr., Halstead; Riley Kirkhart, sr., Lyons.

Third base: None.

Outfield: Alex Barger, jr., Larned.

Utility: Kyle Lange, sr., Hoisington.

Designated hitter: None.

Central Kansas League

(Final) *League Overall


Nickerson** – – 20 4

Pratt – – 16 6

Halstead – – 15 18

Larned – – 12 7

Haven – – 11 10

Kingman – – 10 11

Hoisington – – 7 12

Hillsboro – – 6 16

Smoky Valley – – 5 15

Lyons – – 3 19

*Not available **Qualified for state

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