Beissenherz hands out baseball awards

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

On Monday night at Concordia High School, the Orioles' head baseball coach Nate Beissenherz handed out the team's annual awards, with some familiar names clutching the majority of the medals and plaques.

Seniors, who all were part of the Orioles' 2010 Class 1 state championship team and the 2011 team that advanced to the quarterfinal round before losing to eventual state champion La Plata, dominated the award ceremony.

Drew Smith, who played the majority of this season in left field after playing first base during 2010, was the Orioles' most proficient hitter, leading the team in 10 different offensive categories, including batting average (.506), hits (39), home runs (five) total bases (62), slugging percentage (.969), on-base percentage (.639), runs scored (37) and stolen bases (32). He also had the most total plate appearances (97) and official at-bats (77).

With all of his offensive production Smith, a four-time all-state selection, was the team's Offensive Player of the Year.

Carter Brown, voted the team's Most Valuable Player, headed the list of walks drawn with 24 during the 20-5 campaign.

Carter Brown, a three-time all-stater, also was the tri-leader with pitching wins with six, helping him win the "Pitcher of the Year' Award. He also struck out the most batters (79); co-led the team with 12 appearances; topped the team with 50 innings pitched; and held the opponents' hitters to a team-best .174 batting average.

"Drew is near the top or on top of many career-hitting categories," Beissenherz said. "Carter is near the top or on top of many career-pitching stats categories."

Senior Alic Frerking, voted the winner of the "Hustle Award," paced the Orioles with seven triples on offense and tied for the lead with six wins on the mound.

"Alic was a crafty lefty on the mound, and the second pitcher that every team needs," Beissenherz said.

Senior Dustin Heineken, voted the team's "Most Im-proved Player," was the stingiest pitcher for the Orioles when it came to allowing earned runs, possessing a 1.48 ERA to lead the squad. He also was part of the three-way tie for the pitcher with the most wins (six).

"Dustin did a great job of improving over his four years and really stepped up this year at third base and pitcher," Beissenherz said. "(He) really ate up the innings and got six wins."

Senior Kent Schuette came through with the most sacrifices with eight for the season.

Senior Tyler Tolias, who earned the "Mr. Baseball" award, tied for the most times being hit by a pitch with four. He also was selected all-state two times.

"Tyler was a very knowledgeable baseball player and leader on the field," Beissenherz said.

Junior Collin Werths tied Carter Brown with 12 pitching appearances, and Werths' three saves led the team. Werths also was selected as the team's "Gold Glove" winner.

Sophomore Hayden Brown topped the team with 33 runs batted in and doubles with 15. He also was hit by a pitch four times. He was selected as the team's "Defensive Player of the Year."

Earning "Rookie of the Year" status was freshman Cass Heimsoth, who batted .333 with seven hits (two doubles) in 21 at-bats, scored eight runs and drove in three.

Frerking, Carter Brown, Hay-den Brown, Smith, Werths, Heineken, Schuette, senior Zach Wolski, Tolias, junior Dan Miller, junior Cale Brunkhorst, senior Travis Flandermeyer, senior Jacob Summers, Heimsoth, freshman Austin Hon and freshman Cory Meineka all received varsity letters.

"Schuette and Wolski were great role players and did the pinch-hitting, designated hitting, pinch-running and courtesy running, as well," Beissenherz said.

Beissenherz was complimentary of the senior class.

"They were special players, and I watched them improve since their freshman year," he said. "I'm very proud of them, and glad I got to coach them.

"They were part of one of the greatest teams in CHS baseball history."

Receiving the Junior Varsity Participation awards were junior Chris Latty, sophomore Jesse Flandermeyer, sophomore Jordan Tyler, sophomore Shannon Overturf, freshman Truman Reith and freshman Austin Beydler.

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