Warriors, Eagles combine for 9 HOA baseball picks

The Marion and Canton-Galva baseball team combined for nine selections to the 2015 Heart of America baseball all-league teams chosen by league coaches.

Marion

Three Warriors were chosen for the all-league first team, one for the second team and one received honorable mention.

In addition, one Warrior earned All-State recognition from the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches.

Senior pitcher Bret Voth was a second-team all-state selection as well as a first-team all-league pick. He was 6-1 this season with an Earned Run Average of 1.10. He threw one shutout. Over 381?3 innings on the mound, he gave up 18 runs (six earned) and struck out 31 batters.

In two years of pitching, Voth was 12-1. His only loss was a 2-1 defeat to Council Grove in nine innings in the 2015 regional semifinals. In that game, Voth pitched a three-hitter, throwing seven three up, three down innings and giving up just one earned run. He needed less than 80 pitches and faced just 30 batters in 82?3 innings of work. At the plate, Voth batted .387 this season, tallying 29 hits, including three doubles. He had 18 RBIs. Over his career, Voth batted .374 and had 73 hits and 62 RBIs.

Senior first baseman Jacob Baldwin was also a first-team all-league selection. He averaged .310 this season, tallying 18 hits, including five doubles and one home run, while driving in 12 runs. Over his career as a Warrior, he batted .346 and had 46 hits and 44 RBIs. Baldwin made four appearances on the mound and was 1-1 this season.

Sophomore third baseman Peyton Heidebrecht was Marion?s third first-team selection. He batted .377 over 22 games, recording 23 hits, including four doubles and one home run, while driving in 17 runs. Heidebrecht made seven appearances on the mound and went 1-1.

Senior outfielder Dakota Stimpson was named to the second team. A first-year member of the team, Stimpson was one of six Centre athletes to join the squad as the result of a cooperative agreement between the two schools. He batted .288, tallying 17 hits, including one double, while driving in 19 runs.

Junior pitcher Dylan Pippin received honorable mention. He was 3-3 this season with an ERA of 3.23 over 431?3 innings of work. He gave up 35 runs (20 earned) and struck out 38 opponents. He had one save. At the plate, Pippin batted .167, gaining seven hits, including a double, while driving in five runs.

Canton-Galva

Two Eagles were selected for the all-league first team, one for the second team and one received honorable mention.

Senior catcher Tanner Klingensmith was a first-team selection. He batted .500 this season, recording a team-best 24 hits, including three doubles and two triples. He led the team by driving in 23 runs. On the mound, Klingensmith went 2-4 and had one save. He gave up 33 runs (15 earned) and struck out 28 batters. He had an ERA of 4.77 over 22 innings of work.

?Tanner has been the leader behind the dish for four years and has been the hardest worker on the team as his batting average shows,? coach Kelly Nelson said. ?Kansas Wesleyan will be getting a very good player.?

Senior designated hitter Connor Farnham was also a first-team pick. Farnham batted .413 this season, tallying 19 hits, including one double, four triples and the team?s only home run. He drove in eight runs. As a pitcher, Farnham went 2-3 and was credited with one save. He had an ERA of 6.76 over 391?3 innings, giving up 44 runs (38 earned) and striking out a team-high 58 opponents.

?Connor has been a mainstay on the mound for us this year, pitching almost twice as many innings as anyone else,? Nelson said.

Senior utility Nick Bray was named to the second team. He batted .279 this season, recording 12 hits, including two doubles, while driving in six runs. On the mound, Bray was 0-4 and had one save. He had an ERA of 5.73 over 22 innings, giving up 39 runs (18 earned). He struck out 17 batters.

?Nick hit a lot deep hard balls this year that didn?t quite find a hole that led to him being down a little in average this year,? Nelson said. ?(He) has been a mainstay on defense with only 10 errors in three years and at the end of the year was maybe our best pitcher.?

Sophomore utility Hunter Pearson received honorable mention. He batted .319 this season, recording 15 hits, including two doubles, while driving in 11 runs.

All three seniors were four-year starters.

2015 HOA All-League Baseball

First team

Pitcher: Bret Voth, sr., Marion; Connor Freund, jr., Sedgwick; Wyatt Regehr, sr., Inman.

Catcher: Tanner Klingensmith, sr., Canton-Galva.

First base: Jacob Baldwin, sr., Marion.

Second base: Blayne Konrade, sr., Inman.

Third base: Peyton Heidebrecht, so., Marion.

Shortstop: Brylie Ware, sr., Sedgwick.

Outfield: Ryan Snow, sr., Inman; Jude Depperschmidt, sr., Bennington; Jacob Funk, so., Ell-Saline.

Utility: Devin Feil, fr., Bennington.

Designated hitter: Connor Farnham, sr., Canton-Galva.

Second team

Pitcher: Noah Tuscan, jr., Inman; Jordan Scarlett, jr., Sedgwick; Hunter Giffin, jr., Sedgwick.

Catcher: Blake Druecker, sr., Inman.

First base: Jacob Stanley, jr., Bennington.

Second base: Matt Willis, sr., Ell-Saline.

Third base: Dustin Stanley, sr., Bennington.

Shortstop: Cody Walters, sr., Ell-Saline.

Outfield: Kyler Summers, jr., Sedgwick; Noah Eichelberger, fr., Moundridge; Dakota Stimpson, sr., Marion.

Utility: Nick Bray, sr., Canton-Galva.

Designated hitter: Cody Clancy, so., Ell-Saline.

Honorable mention

Pitcher: Dylan Pippin, jr., Marion.

Catcher:?Easton Rindt, fr., Bennington.

First base: None.

Second base: Nate Werner, jr., Sedgwick.

Third base: Trenton Olson, jr., Moundridge.

Shortstop: Zach Spiece, jr., Inman.

Outfield: Konon Hays, so., Ell-Saline.

Utility: Hunter Pearson, so., Canton-Galva.

Designated hitter: None.

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