All-Herald Baseball Team
Published 7:52 am Saturday, July 2, 2011
Pitcher — Tyler Nelson, Hayfield
The senior went 7-3 with 1 save and an ERA of 2.49 for the Vikings (17-9 overall). He pitched 73 innings, including three complete games and one shutout, and he struck out 64.
Nelson was also strong with the bat as he hit .537 with an on-base percentage of .557. He had 7 doubles, 4 triples, 2 homers, 32 RBIs, scored 32 runs and was 20-for-20 on steals. While playing shortstop, Nelson had just one error and a fielding percentage of .972.
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Nelson will play at Bemidji State next season on a partial athletic scholarship.
Shortstop — Tyler Krekling, Hayfield
The senior was an ideal lead-off hitter for Hayfield as he had a batting average of .520 and an on-base percentage of .573. Krekling finished with 12 doubles, 3 triples, 29 RBIs, 40 runs and he was 20-for-20 on steals.
As a pitcher, Krekling was 7-4 with 1 save and an ERA of 3.45. He pitched six complete games, including one shutout, and struck out 68 in 71 innings of work.
Krekling will play baseball at Riverland Community College next season.
Second base — Drew Kenyon, Hayfield
The senior hit .324 with an on-base percentage of .413. He had 4 doubles, 9 RBIs, 18 runs and he was 11-for-11 on steals.
Third base — Alan May, Southland
The senior leadoff hitter, who played shortstop for Southland (16-6 overall), hit .466 with 9 doubles, 3 triples, 5 homeruns and 20 RBIs with 38 runs scored. May was 35-for-36 on steals.
As a pitcher, May was 6-4 with an ERA of 2.47 and 68 strikeouts in 62 innings. His record might have been much better, 19 of the runs against him were unearned and just 17 were earned.
May will play football at Winona State next season.
First base — Cooper Nelson, Blooming Prairie
The senior hit .359 with 2 homers, 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored for BP (6-13 overall).
Catcher — Lukas Anderson, Southland
The freshman hit .339 with an on-base percentage of .481 while finishing with 1 double, 18 RBIs and 15 runs. Anderson also played solid defense behind the plate all season.
Outfield — Caleb Leichtnam, Grand Meadow/LeRoy/Ostrander/Kingsland
The Grand Meadow senior was a one man wrecking crew for the Bulldogs (7-14 overall) this past season. Leichtnam had 38 stolen bases, which is the third most in Minnesota history, and he finished his career with 76 steals — the ninth most in Minnesota History. He hit .400 with 1 double, 1 homerun, 8 RBIs and had an-base percentage of .533.
On the mound, Leichtnam had an ERA of 3.66 in nine appearances.
Leichtnam will play football at Rochester Community and Technical College next season.
Outfield — Evan Bungum, Hayfield
The senior hit .380 with an on-base percentage of .427. He had 3 doubles, 4 triples, 4 homers, 22 RBIs, 14 runs and he was 11-for-11 on steals.
Bungum will play football at Minnesota State in Mankato on a partial athletic scholarship next season.
Outfield — Tyler Kressin, Southland
The junior hit .415 with an on-base percentage of .547 for Southland. He had 2 doubles, 1 triple, 13 RBIs, 29 runs scored and 8 steals.
Connor Nelson, catcher, Hayfield
The freshman hit .306 while compiling 1 double, 1 homerun, 19 RBIs and 11 runs. Nelson had a fielding percentage of .976 behind the plate.
Skylar Meyer, first base, Lyle/Pacelli
The sophomore hit .447 with 15 RBIs and 20 runs for L/P (6-11 overall).
Jonah Rohne, shortstop, L/P
The eighth grader hit .344 with 5 RBIs and 8 runs. He found his way to the mound late in the season and picked up a win against Randolph and held Southland to five runs in the playoffs. Rohne finished with an ERA of 3.30.
Jordan Hart, L/P, third base
The eighth grader hit .419 with 1 homerun, 10 RBIs and 10 runs.
Jacob Thompson, pitcher, Austin
The junior hurler won just one game for the Packers (3-16 overall), but he maintained a 2.64 ERA as he pitched in six one-run games. Thompson pitched five complete games as he compiled 43 strikeouts in 55 innings.
Gabe Kasak, second base, Austin
The sophomore hit .298 with four stolen bases this past season. He played second base, catcher and pitched for the Packers.
Luke Hueman, shortstop, BP
The junior hit .362 with 7 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Hueman also drew 10 walks and struck out just three times in 58 at-bats.