Five are named for second time
Five players were honored for the second straight year by being named to the West Central Tribune All-Area baseball team.
Shawn Dollerschell, a senior catcher/pitcher from BOLD; Mike Whittemore, a senior shortstop/pitcher from Minnewaska Area; Kevin Soine, a senior pitch-er/catcher/shortstop from New London-Spicer; Dakota Freiborg, a senior pitcher/catcher from Renville County West; and Jason Kampsen, a sophomore infield-er/pitcher from Paynesville; are all repeat selections.
BOLD, Lac qui Parle Valley, Litchfield, MACCRAY, Minnewaska, Morris, Paynesville and Willmar had two players each selected to the All-Area team. NLS, RCW, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Montevideo each had one player named.
Joining the five aforementioned players is:
Trenton Berg, a junior pitcher/outfielder from Minnewaska Area; Alex Gay, a senior outfielder from BOLD; Ryan Beyer, a junior catcher, and Tyler Hansen, a junior center fielder/pitcher, both from Morris Area; Eric Hulterstrum, a senior catcher, and Brady Smith, a senior first baseman/pitcher, both from Litchfield; Dean Stier, a sophomore pitcher/first baseman, and Jacob Rambow, a junior infielder/pitcher, both from Willmar; Jonah Johnson, a sophomore pitcher/infielder from Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg; Sam Haas, a sophomore outfielder/pitcher, and Chase Keimig, a senior catcher, both from Lac qui Parle Valley; Caleb Hanson, a senior pitcher/first baseman, and Jordan Ruter, a senior pitcher/outfielder/first baseman, both from MACCRAY; Aaron Savelkoul, a senior outfielder/pitcher from Paynesville; and Colton Vien, a sophomore pitcher/center fielder from Montevideo.
The All-Area team is selected by the sports editor after consulting with area coaches, several out of the area coaches, and several area players.
The team is not picked by position.
Dollerschell, a Lions All-Star pick, became one of only eight players all-time in the area to record 100-or-more career hits, finishing with 118. A four-year starter, Dollerschell batted .411 this season with nine doubles, a triple and two home runs. He also drove in 23 runs and led the team with 32 runs scored. He had a .532 on-base percentage and a .644 slugging mark. Defensively, he threw out 11 of 15 base stealers. As a pitcher, he went 5-2 with one shutout.
Ruter batted .373 with nine doubles and two home runs, while driving in 19 runs this past season, helping the Wolverines capture the Camden Conference title. He also swiped 10-of-11 bases successfully this season. The three-year starter went 5-1 pitching with a 3.31 ERA and averaged a strikeout per inning.
A four-year starter, Hanson batted .444 this season for the Wolverines. He also amassed eight doubles, one triple and five home runs, while knocking in 36 runs. He had a streak of two-or-more RBI in nine straight games and was 7-for-7 stealing bases. On the mound, Hanson posted a 3-2 record and a 2.51 ERA, while averaging a strikeout per inning.
In his first season as a starter, Stier batted .322 for the Cardinals and struck out only twice all season. He had four extra-base hits, drove in 12 runs and stole seven of nine bases. At first base, he saved the team numerous errors and finished with a .984 fielding percentage in 122 chances. He also pitched 31 innings and won one game and struck out 21 batters in 31 innings.
A first-year starter for the Cardinals, Rambow shined in the field and at the plate. He batted .350, scored 16 runs and drove in 12 runs and led the team with a .474 on-base percentage. Playing second base most of the season, Rambow moved to third base to solidify the position. He also saw brief duty on the mound.
Gay, a three-year starter, finished the season with a .375 batting mark for the Warriors with 10 of his 27 hits going for extra bases, including five doubles, four triples and a home run. He also drove in a team-high 30 runs and sported a .462 on-base percentage and a .597 slugging percentage.
Johnson had a stellar season at the plate, hitting .631 with a .785 slugging percentage. The two-year starter had eight doubles and a triple among his 32 hits, while driving in 14 runs. In 80 plate appearances, he struck out only once. He also was successful on 16-of-17 stolen base attempts. On the mound, Johnson posted a 5-5 record and a 3.47 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 42 innings.
Keimig had an excellent year offensively and defensively for the Eagles. The three-year starter batted .413 with four doubles, two triples and four home runs. He also drove in 24 runs and scored 21 while only striking out three times all season. He also swiped nine bases without being caught. Behind the plate, Keimig posted a .987 fielding percentage with 17 assists.
Haas paced the Eagles this spring with a .448 batting average, belting four doubles and four home runs, while driving in 13 runs. He also scored 23 runs and was 9-for-9 in stolen bases. On the mound, Haas was 3-4 with a 1.60 ERA and struck out 36 batters in 31 innings.
Whittemore, a five-year starter, had a solid season at the plate this season for the Lakers. He hit .491 with 12 extra-base hits, including four home runs, and drove in 21 runs while also scoring 21 runs. Whittemore stole 11 of 12 bases and struck out only three times this season. As a pitcher, he went 3-3 with a 3.25 ERA and struck out 25 batters in 24 innings.
Vien started two seasons for the Thunder Hawks. He batted .300 this season and drove in 13 runs, while stealing nine bases. As a pitcher, Vien went 4-2 with a 3.47 ERA and struck out 43 batters in 42 innings pitched, while walking only 12.
Hansen, a two-year starter, was a productive player for the Tigers at the plate and on the mound. He batted .388 with one home run, drove in 14 runs, stole 15 bases in 17 attempts and had a .537 slugging percentage. As a pitcher, he was 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA, striking out 21 batters in 25 innings.
Beyer led the Tigers this season with a .451 batting average. He had five doubles, two triples and four home runs, while driving in a team-high 28 runs. He also led the Tigers with a .746 slugging percentage and stole nine bases.
Soine, a three-year starter, led the Wildcats in most offensive categories this season. He batted a team high .339 and led the team with eight doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI. He struck out only four times in 71 plate appearances. He also went 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA and struck out 19 batters in 12 innings.
Freiborg was named the Most Valuable Player in the Camden Conference. The Lions' All-Star selection batted a robust .507 with 13 doubles, two home runs, 20 runs scored and 25 RBI. Freiborg also had a stellar season on the mound, posting an 8-4 record and a 1.85 ERA. He amassed 80 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched and walked only 27 batters.
Hulterstrum batted .366 this season, while playing most of his games in the pitching-rich Wright County Conference. He led the Dragons with 21 RBI, scored 16 runs and struck out only eight times in 90 plate appearances. Defensively, Hulterstrum made only four errors all season behind the plate.
Smith, a Lions All-Star selection, posted a 6-1 record and a 1.62 ERA and two saves this spring for the Dragons. In 52 innings pitched, Smith allowed only 30 hits and struck out 62. At the plate, he batted .286 with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and 12 RBI.
A two-year starter, Kampsen batted .380 for the Bulldogs and had five doubles and three home runs among his 27 hits. He also drove in 16 runs and swiped 12 bases. As a pitcher, Kampsen went 3-2 with a 2.45 ERA and two saves. He fanned 48 batters in 41 innings and walked only 15.
Savelkoul, a two-year starter, had a .386 batting average with 14 of his 27 hits going for extra bases (eight doubles, three triples and three home runs). He knocked in 24 runs, scored 25 runs and stole seven bases. As a hurler, the right-hander went 8-2 with a 2.55 ERA, striking out 68 hitters in 60 innings.
Berg, a two-year starter, finished with a robust .471 average which included eight doubles and three triples for the Lakers this spring. The leadoff hitter also paced the team with 12 stolen bases and had an on-base percentage of .532 and a .676 slugging percentage. On the hill, Berg went 4-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 38 innings.