Eric Lampert, senior, Upsala-Swanville Area
Lampert, the Record’s Player of the Year, was about as consistent as they come in all phases of the game for the Patriots. He went 5-1 with a 1.11 ERA, striking out a staggering 80 batters with only seven walks in 50 2/3 innings, recording back-to-back complete-game wins in the playoffs. Lampert also reached base in all but two games as an imposing slugger, hitting .516 with seven doubles, two homers, 20 RBIs and 17 runs on top of an off the chart .639 on-base percentage and .726 slugging percentage.
Cade Stang, senior, Royalton
Offseason surgery kept Stang off the mound and very nearly kept him off the field altogether. Fortunately, it didn’t end up keeping him out of the batter’s box, as the Royals’ lone senior starter was the driving force in Royalton earning a stunning Section 5A championship. Stang racked up a .473 batting average, scored 27 runs, drove in 16 and stole 14 bases.
Cody Meyer, junior, Pierz
Meyer’s pitching stats are eye-popping as is. When considering that six of the eight earned runs he allowed this season came in one start, it’s all the more impressive, as the Pioneers’ ace went 5-2 with a 1.22 ERA, striking out 40 batters in 46 innings. Meyer earned complete-game wins in both of his postseason starts. He also hit .264 with four doubles, 14 runs scored and nine RBIs.
Jake Nelson, senior, Holdingford
Nelson was the unquestioned ace for a Huskers team that took third in the conference and made it to the semifinals of the stacked Section 6AA winners’ bracket. He compiled a 5-1 record with a 1.69 ERA thanks in large part to impeccable control that led to only five walks in 45 2/3 innings. His hitting was not to be overlooked either, as he hit .365 with four doubles, 16 RBIs and 14 runs.
Adam Hallberg, junior, Little Falls
After having not thrown a pitch at the varsity level before this spring, Hallberg emerged as one of the best pitchers not only in the area, but the state. He put together a historic stretch of greatness during the middle of the season, going 37 1/3 innings without surrendering an earned run, the sixth longest stretch in Minnesota history. Hallberg closed with a 4-3 record and microscopic 0.49 ERA, striking out 72 batters in 57 innings.
Alec Zack, senior, Little Falls
Zack was the defensive backbone for one of the most prolific pitching staffs in state history, shutting down opposing running games by throwing out 11 base runners. He also caught every inning as the Flyers posted the seventh-best ERA of all-time of 1.23. In addition to his defensive proficiency, Zack was a fixture in the heart of the order, hitting .314 and driving in 15 runs.
Kyle Boser, senior, Little Falls
Boser’s only two defeats on the mound this season came at the hands of eventual state champion St. Cloud Cathedral. Outside of that, the all-state senior went 5-0 and allowed just two earned runs in 37 innings for the Flyers’ overpowering pitching staff. Boser finished with 53 strikeouts and a 2.28 ERA. Offensively, he drove in 10 runs and hit a homer.
Thomas Miller, sophomore, Little Falls
Miller was a speedy instigator atop the Flyers’ lineup this spring, setting the table with a .400 on-base percentage that included six doubles, a triple and a team-high six stolen bases and 15 runs scored. He also developed into an incredible No. 3 pitcher, putting together a 5-0 record and 0.24 ERA that included a pair of postseason wins, giving up just one earned run all season.
Noah Boser, sophomore, Pierz
Pierz had an influx of young talent at the top of its lineup this spring that made the Pioneers’ future look bright, and Boser was at the heart of it. The center fielder was a gap-hitting machine with eight doubles and a triple, hitting .364 with 20 runs, 11 RBIs and 10 stolen bases to help the Pioneers reach the final four of the Section 6AA tournament.
Thomas Bell, junior, Little Falls
Nathan Athman, senior, Pierz
Aaron Weber, sophomore, Pierz
Matt Kummet, freshman, Pierz
Brady Moulzolf, junior, Royalton
Justin Cichon, sophomore, USA
Mitch Messman, senior, Holdingford
Jeremy Springer, senior, Holdingford
Nathan Brinker, junior, Holdingford
Our Selection Process
Coaches from all five area baseball teams (Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton, Upsala-Swanville Area and Holdingford) were asked to nominate players from their team that they believed deserved to be named to the nine-player all-area team (at least one pitcher, one catcher, four infielders and three outfielders), including their accomplishments from during the season. Coaches were also asked to list players they believed deserved to be considered for honorable mention recognition.
Criteria used to select the best possible candidates for the nine-member 2014 Record All-Area baseball team were: postseason and regular season performance, strength of competition, strength of team played on, consistency, contributions toward team success, position and coaches’ input.
Players that were considered but not named to the nine-player team were given honorable mention distinction.