The baseball season has finally come to an end and the Great Northern Legion Conference (GNLC) ballots are in. Several players from the Minocqua American Legion Post 89 team made the list.
In total, nine players made either first team all-GNLC or honorable mention from the team from Minocqua.
“Anytime a player receives recognition it’s a good thing, so to have as many players received the nod from conference coaches is humbling,” explained coach Doug Etten.
Four infielders were chosen for the first team. Both Tate Olson and Anthony Thoms represented Minocqua as two of those infielders. They were both unanimous selections.
Olson batted .381 with three RBIs and eight hits. The eight hits were tied for third best on the team.
“(Tate’s) a player coaches dream of, because they just want to help the team anyway possible,” Etten said. “At the plate, he’s such a tough guy to get out, and he’s a ground ball hitter which leads to line drives.”
Thoms batted .429 with five RBIs and nine hits. The five RBIs led the team and the nine hits were tied for best on the team.
“Anthony makes the difficult plays seem routine, and his work ethic in the cage to get better at the plate really showed,” Etten said.
The other player on the first team was pitcher Alex Fortier, also a unanimous decision. As a pitcher, Fortier was first on the team with a 1.94 ERA and fourth in the conference. His 13 strikeouts were third best in conference and he led the league with 18 innings pitched.
“(Alex has) turned a corner in his mental development especially where he understand he can’t and doesn’t have to over-power guys all the time, but can win by simply getting them to roll over a ground ball to the short stop.”
Two other infielders from Minocqua also made the honorable mention team - Keaton Brewer-Crownhart and Keegan McJoynt.
Brewer-Crownhart was second on the team with a .450 batting average and was tied for the team lead with nine hits. He hit one of the three triples of the summer.
McJoynt batted .385 with a .556 on base percentage. He also led the team with two doubles.
The honorable mention outfield was represented by Tim Crisco, Michael Campbell and Max Toijala, all from Minocqua.
Crisco’s strength came in the hitting department, leading the team with a .455 batting average.
“Tim Crisco is undoubtedly one of the best, most well-rounded outfielders we have,” Etten said. “All-around he is without a doubt one of the most valuable members of our team, and his flexibility to do anything makes coaching him and the team so much easier.”
Campbell batted .444 with eight hits and three RBIs. Crisco and Campbell had the other triples of the season. Toijala batted .286 with two RBIs, two runs and four hits.
Rounding out the players from Minocqua was Zack Peterson as a pitcher. He was second on the team with a 4.06 ERA and 10 1/3 innings pitched.
The nine selections were the most of any team with Rhinelander right behind them with eight selections to the teams.
“They’ve played a ton of baseball, and with that they’ve grown with more and more confidence,”?Etten said. “Their depth at pitching and ability to score runs from anywhere in the lineup will make them tough to beat.”
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