Morrison County Record’s All-Area Baseball Team

Catcher

Joey Hanowski, senior, Little Falls

Hanowski, The Record’s Player of the Year, was the leader of a deep and dangerous team this season that was ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the year. He hit .514 with a .593 on-base percentage and .889 slugging percentage to earn a spot on the Minnesota Lions All-Star team. Hanowski also had 11 doubles, two triples and four home runs while putting together 13 multi-hit games.

 

Pitcher

Luke Thoma, senior, Little Falls

Thoma was the ace for a team that spent the majority of the season as the top-ranked team in Class AA, going 7-1 with a miniscule 2.20 ERA with a pair of saves. He was asked to pitch in almost all of the Flyers’ biggest games, including a pair of complete-game wins and one shutout over state runner-up St. Cloud Cathedral. Thoma often helped his own cause at the plate as well, hitting .277 with 16 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

 

Infielder

Matt Stumpf, junior, Little Falls

Stumpf emerged as a vital contributor in his first season as a starter for Little Falls, working his way into the cleanup spot in the order by the end of the year. He hit .366 with an on-base percentage of .471 to score 16 runs and slugged .465 while drilling seven doubles to knock in 15.

 

Outfielder

Mitch Gregory, senior, Little Falls

Gregory set the table for the Flyers’ potent offense this spring, getting on base at a .516 mark in front of the heart of the order. He finished with a .436 average and added some power with seven doubles and a triple, crossing the plate a team-high 32 times with 14 RBIs.

 

Infielder

Collin Eckman, junior, Little Falls

Eckman was an electric force in the Flyers’ lineup, particularly as the team established itself as one of the elite squads in the state early in the year. He collected 45 hits to finish with a .511 batting average, with six doubles, four triples and two home runs. Eckman also produced 24 runs and 31 RBIs.

 

Infielder

Ben Boser, junior, Pierz

Boser wreaked havoc for opposing defenses this season as a classic leadoff hitter, getting on base at a .487 clip and stealing six bases. He finished with a .385 average and knocked in four runs to go along with the 18 he scored. He also went 1-1 with a 3.30 ERA in six games on the mound.

 

Infielder/pitcher

Logan Meyer, senior, Pierz

Meyer provided an imposing presence at the plate and on the mound for Pierz this season, earning All-Central Minnesota Conference honors. Meyer hit .292 with a .378 on-base percentage this spring, driving in 11 runs while also tying the career school record of 14 doubles. On the mound, Meyer compiled a 4-3 record with a 2.95 earned-run average.

 

Infielder

Brock Cichon, junior, Upsala-Swanville Area

Cichon was the top hitter for a Patriots team that finished near the top of the punishing Prairie Conference this season. He attained all-conference honors while hitting .386 with 15 runs, 15 RBIs and four steals while also guiding the USA defensively at shortstop.

 

Catcher

David Bialka, senior, Holdingford

Bialka finished his career as one of the top power hitters in Huskers history with 19 doubles to end up second on the all-time list. He hit .351 this season with an on-base percentage of .439 while driving in 13 runs with a .526 slugging percentage. He also had seven extra-base hits, including five doubles, a triple and a home run.

 

Honorable mention


Matt Valentine, senior, Little Falls

Spencer Fenske, junior, Little Falls

Gabe Ploof, junior, Little Falls

Trent Davis, senior, Pierz

Brad Meyer, junior, Pierz

Steve Hoff, senior, Royalton

Matt Silbernick, junior, Royalton

Tren Dinius, junior, USA

Colten Kruzel, junior, USA

Eric Lampert, sophomore, USA

Sam Butler, junior, Holdingford

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