9-5A coaches select All-District team
In one final order of business before they trade their high school uniforms for American Legion garb, the Catholic League’s baseball coaches selected their All-District 9-5A team for the 2015 season.
The 17-member team reflects the final order of the district standings: champion Jesuit and second-place Holy Cross received five spots apiece. Third-place Archbishop Rummel had three places, with fourth-place Brother Martin and fifth-place Archbishop Shaw two apiece.
Jesuit, which finished the season with a 25-9 overall and 8-2 district record, also provided the Pitcher of the Year in Jack Burk and Most Valuable Player honor, afforded to outfielder Ben Hess.
Burk, a senior right-hander, posted a 5-0 record and 1.42 earned run average. Those two statistics and his 62 strikeouts led the district in those categories. Hess added a .444 batting average to his sure glove in the outfield. His batting average rocketed to .500 in district play.
Joining the two Blue Jays on the team are teammates Daniel Edmund, a senior infielder who posted a .326 batting average for the year, and utility players Brandon Briuglio and Scott Crabtree.
Briuglio, a junior, had a 4-2 record on the mound with a 1.88 ERA while batting .412. Crabtree, a senior, hit for a .364 average, while leading the district in home runs (3) and runs batted in (36).
Holy Cross provided pitchers: Christian Clayton and Brendan Taravella.
The senior Clayton had a 5-1 record and 2.86 ERA, while batting .387. Primarily used as a reliever, Taravella saved three games for the Tigers while recording a 2-1 record and 1.43 ERA.
Holy Cross’ senior slugger Tré Turner (.438 batting average, 26 RBI) earned the coaches’ respect as an outfielder.
Junior infielder Grant Schulz (.423 batting average, 31 RBI) and junior utility man Matt Muhlheisen (.368 batting average) round out the Tigers.
Rummel pitcher Chris Boudreaux (4-4 record, 3.29 ERA and one save) and utility man Ashanti Wheatley (.355 batting average) are both seniors.
A third Raider, Chase Fourcade, is the only catcher chosen by the coaches. The junior batted .396 with 24 runs batted in. But in district play, Fourcade’s averaged jumped to .469.
From Brother Martin comes outfielder Blair Frederick, who hit for a .348 average. The junior also won four games and had a 1.06 ERA on the mound.
Another Crusader, Sophomore infielder Mason Bonnaffons, recorded a .341 district batting average.
Shaw provided senior utility specialist Jace Nini (.469 batting average) and senior infielder Lance Landry (.359 batting average).