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 2017 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.
Kummet was also a big reason for Pierz’ run to the state title. He did a great job managing the Pioneers’ pitching staff and was also strong as the Pierz’ No. 3 hitter. Kummet hit .433 with 22 runs and 27 RBIs. On the mound, Kummet was dominant in mostly a reliever role. He had a .38 ERA in 18 1/3 innings, striking out 22.
Psyck garnered All-State honors after a spectacular senior season. Psyck led the Royals both batting and pitching. On the hill, Psyck won five times with a 1.75 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 68 innings. On offense, Psyck really shone. He batted .407 with a .514 on-base percentage. He clubbed eight doubles, scored 15 times and drove in 17 runs.
Senior, USA (Swanville)
Was the Patriots’ top pitcher with a 1.58 ERA in 31 innings with 42 punch outs. On offense, Beseman hit .276 with a .391 on-base percentage. He scored 11 times and drove in eight runs. He was All-Conference.
Senior, USA (Upsala)
Ripplinger did anything that was asked of him for USA. The first priority was as the teams’ go-to pitcher. He tossed 45 innings, striking out 43 with a 2.48 ERA. On offense, Ripplinger hit .354, scoring 12 runs and driving in seven more.
Rocheleau was dominant for the Pioneers for most of the year as a pitcher. He had a .71 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 69 innings. He won nine games. He played a very strong shortstop and catcher when he wasn’t pitching. At the plate, Rocheleau hit .407 with a .490 on-base percentage as the Pioneers’ cleanup hitter. He drove in 24 runs.
Girtz played a much different role this season than a year ago. After injuring his shoulder in football, Girtz could no longer pitch and had to move from shortstop to second base this season. However, one thing it did not effect was his offense. Girtz hit .414 and scored a team-high 36 times and stole a team-best 15 bases.
Tautges was named the Class AA Player of the Year and now is also the Record’s Player of the Year after a clutch season that led Pierz to a state runner-up finish. As the Pioneers’ ace, Tautges went 10-1 with a .83 ERA and struck out 89 batters in 75 2/3 innings. Offensively he had a .460 on base percentage and scored 28 times. Tautges was also clutch, pitching out of many jams and hitting the game-winning single to send Pierz to the state title game.
Junior, Little Falls
Kapphahn was a revelation for the Flyers, taking over at shortstop for the graduated Justin Jenks. He clubbed three home runs and drove in a team-high 26 runs while batting .307. He was also a strong pitcher when needed in a deep stable of pitchers for the 17-7 Flyers.
Senior, Little Falls
Weisz was an All-State selection for Little Falls as a senior center fielder. Leading off for the Flyers, Weisz batted .375 14 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Weisz was also the Granite Ridge’s Batter of the Year and All-Conference. Defensively, Weisz could get to almost anything in the outfield, and made several spectacular plays.
AJ Jenks, junior, Little Falls
Hunter Swanson, senior, Little Falls
Adam Josephson, senior, Little Falls
Brett Kapsner, senior, Pierz
Luke Girtz, sophomore, Pierz
Troy Evans, senior, USA
Isaiah Folsom, junior, Holdingford
Austin Zapzalka, senior, Royalton
Michael Petron, senior, Royalton