Concordia Orioles baseball hands out team awards

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Concordia Orioles were a force to be reckoned with on the baseball diamond in 2017, and they recognized that prowess by handing out annual team awards.

The Most Valuable Player award went to senior pitcher/shortstop Tate Bittiker, who led the Orioles’ pitching staff in wins and innings pitched.

Cole Tyler was named Most Improved Overall Player in 4 Years, and Zach Amor was awarded Most Improved Hitter in 4 Years aand Entertainer of the Year.

Spencer Brown took home Most Improved Fielder, Caleb Pfannkuch earned Most Improved Pitcher, and John Sparks claimed Most Improved Hitter to round out honors handed out to members of the graduating senior class, which won 47 games in their four years at Concordia.

First baseman Lane Mueller was named Most Improved All Around Player, and Matt Gatewood took home Pitcher of the Year to represent the sophomore class well.

Junior Cameron Cooper earned the “Gold Glove” as defensive player of the year. Freshman third baseman Brayden McGinnis was named offensive player of the year, while classmate Peyton Moore took home Rookie of the Year honors.

Junior Abram Frerking and freshman Hunter Wilckens were also recognized for receiving varsity letters, and T.J. Sparks received an award for junior varsity participation.

The Orioles claimed the I-70 Conference regular-season championship by winning six of eight league games and also took home the Class 2 District 16 title. Concordia finished with a record of 16-5-1.

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