Prep Baseball

2019 All-area baseball first-team capsules

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jun. 9, 2019 12:01 am

Nick Schwartz, Notre Dame

Catcher Senior

One of the area's most complete pitching staffs had the luxury of throwing to a backstop who rarely made a mistake. Schwartz didn't commit an error and limited opponents to just 28 total stolen bases. Offensively, he was solid in the heart of the order. Schwartz hit .330 with nine doubles, one home run and 23 RBIs. He was 11 for 11 on stolen bases, earning All-West Central Conference honors.

Kirby Latimer, North Shelby

First base/Third base Senior

A two-time all-district selection, Latimer led the area in hitting with a .612 average and a .724 on-base percentage as he struck out just twice in 58 plate appearances. He scored 29 runs, went 13 of 15 on stolen bases and had five doubles and two home runs. He also went 4-4 as a pitcher with 58 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings.

Peyton Abbott, Palmyra

Second base Sophomore

Abbott teamed with Panthers shortstop Nolan Wosman to form one of the best middle infield combinations in the area. He had a .964 fielding percentage, committed just two errors and was part of six double plays. Offensively, he fit perfect in the No. 2 spot of lower in the order. He hit .409 with 38 runs scored. He had 16 RBIs and 11 doubles and went 10 for 10 on stolen bases.

Cade Tomhave, Pittsfield

Third base Sophomore

The sophomore led the Saukees in hitting for the second straight season, this time racking up a .453 average with a .628 slugging percentage. Tomhave had nine doubles and two home runs, to go along with 25 RBIs and 25 runs scored. He struck out just eight times in 86 at-bats, and he was solid defensively with a .946 fielding percentage.

Nolan Wosman, Palmyra

Shortstop Senior

The most feared hitter in the area, Wosman was walked 28 times and struck out only six in 27 games, leading to a .670 on-base percentage. The Clarence Cannon Conference Player of the Year hit .515 with 47 runs scored, 35 RBIs, 10 doubles and eight home runs to go along with 13 two-out RBIs. He had a 1.044 slugging percentage and was 7 of 9 on stolen bases. Defensively, he was part of 10 double plays as the Panthers won a Class 3 district championship.

Dylan Foley, Notre Dame

Outfield/Pitcher Senior

What couldn't Foley do? He hit leadoff for the Raiders and was a legitimate tone-setter with a .378 average, 36 runs scored, three triples, two home runs and 25 walks. He had a .521 on-base percentage and stole 13 of 14 bases. The left-hander went 5-0 with a 0.578 ERA in 36 1/3 innings. He struck out 38 and opponents hit just .146 against him. Defensively, the Heartland Community College signee committed just one error in center field.

Gabe Blakeley, Brown County

Outfield/Pitcher Freshman

It's rare to see a freshman step in and hit third in the order, but Blakeley isn't a typical freshman. He hit .480 with a .724 slugging percentage and 44 RBIs, collecting 17 doubles, three triples and one home run. He also swiped 16 bases. On the mound, Blakeley went 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA over 38 1/3 innings, piling up 48 strikeouts and limiting opponents to a .258 batting average.

Shad Flesner, Southeastern

Pitcher/Shortstop Junior

The right-hander is developing into one of the area's most dominant arms. Flesner went 7-4 with two saves and a 1.72 ERA over 57 innings. He struck out 123 and walked 31 as opponents hit just .167 against him. In his final three starts, Flesner struck out 17 against Illini West, 16 against Central and 16 against Liberty. Offensively, Flesner was equally as good. He hit .377 with nine doubles, five home runs and 30 RBIs. He walked 22 times and had a .551 on-base percentage and a .770 slugging percentage.

Griffin Kirn, Notre Dame

Pitcher Junior

The left-hander developed into the ace of the Raiders' pitching staff. He went 8-1 with a 1.05 ERA over 53 1/3 innings. He went at least five innings in eight of his nine starts and allowed only one earned run over his final 22 2/3 innings pitched. Kirn, who is receiving NCAA Division I recruiting interest, struck out 74, walked 27 and limited opponents to a .136 batting averaged.

Carter Boyer, Illini West

Pitcher/Outfield Senior

A workhorse on the mound who earned first-team All-Prairieland Conference honors, Boyer gave the Chargers a chance to win by keeping games low-scoring. He finished 7-5 with a 2.18 ERA while striking out 107 and walking only 18 over 61 innings. Opponents hit just .222 against him, and he capped his season with a no-hitter against Unity in which he struck out 14.

Will Fromm, Scotland County

Shortstop/Pitcher Senior

Fromm put together one of the best all-around seasons in the area. Offensively, he hit .509 with five doubles, three triples, five home runs and 30 RBIs. He struck out just four times and walked 22. The Truman State University signee also racked up a 9-1 pitching record with a 2.30 ERA in 42 1/3 innings. He struck out 64.

Elijah Berg, Western/Griggsville-Perry

Catcher Junior

Berg's ability to put the ball in play offensively matched his ability to keep the ball in front of him defensively. The junior hit .500 with 13 RBIs, five doubles and two home runs. He walked 11 times, struck out just six and had a .627 on-base percentage. Defensively, he threw out seven would-be base stealers and committed just two errors in 97 chances.

Gabe Worthington, Hannibal

Shortstop Senior

The All-North Central Missouri Conference selection was the catalyst of the Pirates' attack. Worthington hit .333 and led the Pirates with six doubles, 21 runs scored and 21 RBIs. He walked 18 times and struck out only four in 91 plate appearances. Defensively, he was a mainstay up the middle, helping turn five double plays with a .935 fielding percentage.

Logan Voth, Unity

Shortstop/Pitcher Senior

The Quincy University signee earned All-West Central Conference South Division first-team honors for a fourth straight season with solid numbers in every regard. Voth hit .469 with nine doubles, two triples and one home run. He struck out five times with a ,547 on-base percentage. He committed one error defensively and had a .988 fielding percentage. On the mound, he went 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA and 33 strikeouts over 37 1/3 innings.

Nate Hendricker, Brown County

Shortstop/Pitcher Junior

A returning first-team all-area selection, Hendricker held the dual role of being the offensive tone-setter and the lockdown closer. The right-hander hit .443 with 43 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triple and a home run. He walked 26 times and struck out only eight to go along with 31 stolen bases. He pitched just 12 1/3 innings, but fashioned a 2-1 record and 1.73 ERA with saves and 25 strikeouts.

Eric Jones, Central

Second base/Pitcher Senior

When the Panthers went through some ups and downs offensively, Jones kept them in games by ensuring it would be a low-scoring affair. He fashioned a 5-2 record with a 1.56 ERA and 77 strikeouts over 40 1/3 innings. He had 10 or more strikeouts in five starts, striking out 10 as he shut out Brown County in his final start. Offensively, Jones hit .339 with 14 RBIs.