PREP BASEBALL: 2019 Marshall Independent All-Area Baseball First Team
MARSHALL – The Marshall Independent sports staff is pleased to announce the 2019 Marshall Independent All-Area Baseball team.
Joining Marshall senior Isaac Schmitt on the All-Area Baseball First Team are the following eight players: Murray County Central senior Danny Blankenship, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton senior Jake Byrne, MCC senior Nate Everson, Marshall senior Cody Greve, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton junior Payton Hess, Minneota senior Ted Pesch, Minneota senior Landon Rolbiecki and Marshall senior Alex Thompson.
The Rebels catcher led the team with a .397 average, also recording 12 RBI and 12 runs scored. Behind the plate, he threw out six batters attempting to steal.
Byrne hit .397 to lead the Panthers offense, tallying 23 hits over the season. He scored 18 runs and added 13 RBI.
Everson recorded 21 hits in 2019 for a .323 batting average, also scoring 13 runs and seven stolen bases. On the mound, the senior finished with a 1.85 ERA and 32 strikeouts.
Greve tied for the team-high in batting with a .333 average on 31 hits. His hit total included six doubles and one triple. The senior also recorded 17 RBI and 22 runs scored.
Hess led the Knights in hitting with a .367 average. His 18 total hits included an area-best eight doubles and two triples. The junior also recorded 17 RBI and nine runs scored. On the mound, Hess finished with a 4.95 ERA and 41 strikeouts.
Pesch hit .333 in 2019. His 18 hits included three doubles and a triple. He also drove in five runs and scored 15 runs on the season.
The Minneota senior led the Vikings in hitting with a .357 average. His 20 hits included one double and two triples, while adding 15 RBI and eight runs scored to close out his career at Minneota.
Thompson finished with a .296 average in 2019, with his 24 total hits including a pair of doubles. Thompson also recorded 16 RBI and 11 runs scored.
Coach of the Year
Chace Pollock, Marshall
Pollock led the 2019 Marshall Tigers to an 18-12 record and the team’s third trip to state in five years, where the Tigers placed sixth in Class AAA.