Coach hands out end-of-season baseball awards
A few days after the Concordia Orioles finished a 10-8 season with a gut-wrenching 1-0 loss at West Platte in the Class 2 sectional round of the state playoffs, head coach Nate Beissenherz handed out his annual end-of-the-season awards.
Individual medals were given out to the statistical leaders, at the plate and in the field.
Senior Cass Heimsoth received medals for being tops or tied for the top in 13 of the 20 offensive categories.
He was tops in total bases with 42, hits with 28 and home runs with three.
Heimsoth also had the best batting average at .475 and slugging percentage at .814. He also was the leader in on-base percentage at .618 and OPS at 1.431.
Heimsoth also cracked the most doubles with five, triples with three and scored the most runs with 22.
Heimsoth and junior Trent McGinnis tied for the team's best in RBIs with 15. Heimsoth and Senior Truman Reith tied with 44 quality at-bats.
Junior Hayden Moore and Heimsoth each struck out only three times in more than 65 at-bats. Heimsoth had 68 at-bats and Moore 67.
Reith led the team in plate appearances and at-bats with 73 and 61, respectively. Reith tied with senior Austin Beydler with one grand-slam home run.
Reith also led the team with 10 stolen bases.
Sophomore Chuck Rogers paced the team with 14 walks, sophomore Jordan Schlueter with four sacrifices and junior Ty Flandermeyer being hit by pitch four times.
Heimsoth also topped the team's pitching charts in six of seven categories.
Heimsoth led in appearances with 12, innings pitched with 44, strikeouts with 66, earned-run average at 2.38, wins with six and opponents' on-base percentage at .210.
Senior Austin Hon was the team's best relief pitcher with five saves. He also led the team in WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) at 1.35.
Defensively, Schlueter led in put-outs with 172 and fielding attempts with 203.
Moore topped the team in fielding percentage at .938, with Heimsoth dishing out the most assists--29.
Heimsoth was named the team's most-valuable player and Hon the pitcher of the year.
Senior Austin Beydler earned the most-improved hitter/pitcher award and Flandermeyer the plaque for most-improved player. Schlueter was named the most-improved fielder award.
Reith earned a plaque for offensive player of the year and Moore the defensive player of the year.
McGinnis received the most-improved hitter award, freshman Tate Bittiker rookie of the year and Rogers newcomer of the year.
In their four years, the Orioles' seniors--Reith, Heimsoth, Hon and Beydler--the Orioles won two district titles and made it to the championship game in the I-70 Conference tournament two times. The Orioles were 50-23 during 2011-2015.