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August 1, 2018 The News All-Area Baseball and Softball teams
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Baseball

All-Area team

P — Brad Tornow, Mid-Prairie sophomore

P — Blake Bontrager, Iowa Mennonite junior

C — Rex Peck, Mid-Prairie junior

IF — Cole Ours, Iowa Mennonite senior

IF — Avery Knock, Lone Tree junior

IF — Keegan Edwards, Lone Tree sophomore

IF — Eli Ours, Iowa Mennonite freshman

OF — Reggie Borntrager, Iowa Mennonite senior

OF — Brady Dauber, Lone Tree sophomore

OF — Robert Yoder, Highland senior

OF — Bill Laughlin, Highland sophomore

Utility — Dan Burton, Highland junior

Utility — Brody Burton, Highland junior

Utlity — Keaton Duwa, Mid-Prairie senior

Honorable Mention

Trevor Leyden, Iowa Mennonite junior

Eli Steckly, Mid-Prairie senior

Trey Lasek, Highland junior

Bryce Houser, Lone Tree junior

Collin Gingerich, Mid-Prairie senior

Softball

All-Area team

P — Abby Buckman, Lone Tree sophomore

P —Megan Hoenig, Highland junior

C — Chloe Jacque, Lone Tree junior

IF — Abbi Patterson, Mid-Prairie sophomore

IF — Aly Stokes, Highland junior

IF — Georgia Nisly, Mid-Prairie sophomore

IF — Kylee Kos, Mid-Prairie junior

OF — Anna Vilovchik, Mid-Prairie senior

OF — Jaselyn Robertson, Mid-Prairie sophomore

OF —Emily Yahnke, Highland sophomore

OF — Holley Johnson, Lone Tree sophomore

Utility — Abbie Miller, Highland junior

Utility—Rylee Vercande, Mid-Prairie eigth-grader

Utlity — Avery Blauvelt, Iowa Mennonite senior

Honorable Mention

Cassidy Rourke, Mid-Prairie junior

Rubye Ney, Iowa Mennonite junior

Kylie Wood, Highland junior

Murphy Beinhart, Highland senior

Hannah Harris, Iowa Mennonite senior

The News All-Area baseball and softball teams feature the area’s top players from Mid-Prairie, Highland, Iowa Mennonite School and Lone Tree.

Players were selected on achievement and how vital players were to their team during the course of the season.

With the flexibility some players have, placing them in a certain position is tough. For example, it’s quite possible the four best softball players in the area all played catcher.

Five honorable mention spots were given to players who were just on the edge or had their seasons shortened due to an injury.

Leading off the baseball squad are pitchers Brad Tornow and Blake Bontrager. Tornow struck out one-third of the batters he faced, holding opposing players to a .165 batting average. The Mid-Prairie ace had a 4-4 record in 10 starts this season. Tornow had 23 hits including five extra-base hits. He drew 20 walks and had a .448 on-base percentage.

Bontrager brought stability for Iowa Mennonite on the mound. He averaged more than five innings on the mound during his seven starts including a few complete games. Bontrager had an ERA of 2.71 and struck out 32 batters.

Catcher Rex Peck was a wall for Mid-Prairie, with only five errors in 142 opportunities on the season. He caught 11 stealing on the season. From the plate he drove in seven runs on 15 total hits.

The infield consisted of brothers Cole Ours and Eli Ours and Lone Tree teammates Avery Knock and Keegan Edwards.

Eli Ours, who played third-base for Iowa Mennonite, had an area-high .580 on-base percentage and 27-runs scored was a big part of the IMS offense. Cole Ours had only two errors in nearly 100 opportunities in the field. He had 30 hits on the season and scored 34 runs.

Knock and Edwards make up the middle infield for the Lions and were responsible for either scoring or driving in 55 percent of the Lions’ runs. Knock hit .423 and had an insane OBP of .576. Edwards had 28 hits and 17 stolen bases for the Lions.

Outfielders included Reggie Borntrager, Brady Dauber, Robert Yoder and Bill Laughlin. Yoder, a Highland senior, improved his batting average by nearly 100 points from last season. Dauber handled 95 percent of his fielding opportunities and on offense used his speed to score 31 runs and steal 24 bases.

Utility players include Dan Burton, Brody Burton and Keaton Duwa.

Trevor Leyden, Eli Steckly, Trey Lasek, Bryce Houser and Collin Gingerich earned honorable mention honors.

The softball team leads off with pitchers Abby Buckman of Lone Tree and Megan Hoenig of Highland. Buckman had a 7-9 record and Hoenig compiled a 12-9 record. Both went over 100 strikeouts with Buckman striking out 112 and Hoenig 103. Buckman also hit .413 and drove in 16 runs.

Catcher Chloe Jacque was nearly a sure thing for Lone Tree in the batter’s box and behind the plate. She had a .550 on-base percentage and was 21-21 on stolen bases.

Infielders include Mid-Prairie’s Abbi Patterson, Aly Stokes, Georgia Nisly and Kylee Kos. Nisly and Kos were solid in the field, with Kos handling 97 percent and Nisly handling 96 percent of opportunities in the field. Patterson hit .321 and drove in 14 runs for the Golden Hawks.

Outfielders included Anna Vilovchik, Jaselyn Robertson, Emily Yahnke and Holley Johnson.

The utility players included three other catchers, Abbie Miller, Rylee Vercande and Avery Blauvelt. Miller was the only player in the state to have double-digit RBIs in a single game with 10. She split time between designated hitter, third base and catcher. Vercande, in her first year of varsity softball, was Mid-Prairie’s best offensive weapon and split time between catcher and center field. She had 42 hits including two home runs. Blauvelt hit .429 and had a team-high 21 hits.

Honorable mention selections include Cassidy Rourke, Rubye Ney, Kylie Wood, Murphy Beinhart and Hannah Harris.

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