MORRISON, Ill. – Three dominating pitchers from area schools and a slugger from Amboy headline the All-Three Rivers Conference baseball team.
Fulton’s Ethan Jones was a unanimous choice on the mound and was joined on the first team by fellow juniors Bill Lee Greul of Morrison and Kenneth Cole of Erie/Prophetstown. The latter two, both left-handers, helped their teams tie for the league title with 12-2 records, then dueled in the regional final, won 1-0 by Cole and the Panthers.
Jones was one of three unanimous picks on the all-conference first team for the Steamers, who finished third in the conference with an 8-6 record. Junior Cody Huff was selected in the infield, and senior Colin Tichler was picked in the outfield.
Morrison senior infielder Danny Willis and Erie/Prophetstown senior outfielder Zach Hart also were unanimous picks on the first team, as was Amboy designated hitter/utility player Tyson Powers. Hart, Powers and Kewanee catcher Dayton Ince all repeated on the first team, with Ince earning first-team honors for the third time.
Erie/Prophetstown catcher Zach Inskeep rounded out the list of area players on the first team. Inskeep and Willis both were second-team picks a year ago.
Jason Orman of Erie/Prophetstown was named Coach of the Year, while Powers was voted Player of the Year. Powers also was a repeat performer on the first team.
Area players on the second team included Fulton senior catcher Austin Manon, Morrison senior pitcher Alex Fischbach and senior infielder Alex Volckmann and Erie/Prophetstown’s Ethan Howard, a junior pitcher; Carter Ames, a senior infielder; Owen McConnell, a junior infielder; Brandon McCullough, a senior outfielder; and Kyle Coleman, a junior designated hitter/utility player.
Fulton’s Matt Dail; Morrison’s Connor Duncan, Brock Deter, Joey Brackemyer and Andrew Connelly; and Erie/Prophetstown’s Jordan Chandler were named honorable mention.
ALL-THREE RIVERS CONFERENCE BASEBALL
Pitchers – Ethan Jones*, jr., Fulton; Bill Lee Greul, jr., Morrison; Kenneth Cole, jr., Erie/Prophetstown.
Catchers – Dayton Ince, sr., Kewanee; Zach Inskeep, sr., Erie/Prophetstown.
Infielders – Cody Huff*, jr., Fulton; Danny Willis*, sr., Morrison; Jared Richmond, sr., Riverdale; Ryan Hicks, jr., Kewanee; Ruben Garza, sr., Riverdale; McKinley Kruger, sr., Bureau Valley.
Outfielders – Zach Hart*, sr., Erie/Prophetstown; Colin Tichler*, sr., Fulton; Jared Nimrick, jr., Kewanee; Drew Fordham, sr., Amboy.
Designated hitter/utility player: Tyson Powers*, sr., Amboy.
Pitchers – Alex Fischbach, sr., Morrison; Ethan Howard, jr., Erie/Prophetstown; Dawson Nuding, jr., Kewanee.
Catchers – Bailey Appleman, sr., Amboy; Austin Manon, sr., Fulton.
Infielders – Dillon Heffelfinger, so., Sterling Newman; John Maraski, jr., Kewanee; Carter Ames, sr., Erie/Prophetstown; Owen McConnell, jr., Erie/Prophetstown; Alex Volckmann, sr., Morrison.
Outfieldes – Jason Hoehn, jr. (Riverdale); Michael Ely, jr., Sterling Newman; Colin McGinn, sr., Sterling Newman; Brandon McCullough, sr., Erie/Prophetstown.
Designated hitter/utility player – Kyle Coleman, jr., Erie/Prophetstown.
Pitchers – Connor Duncan, sr., Morrison; Taylor Ikens, sr., Amboy; Joshua Lohman, fr., Riverdale.
Catcher – Grady Todd, fr., Riverdale.
Infielders – Matt Dail, jr., Fulton; Donovan Murphy, jr., Kewanee; Jordan Chandler, fr., Erie/Prophetstown; Brock Deter, sr., Morrison.
Outfielders – Dalton Peterson, sr., Riverdale; Joey Brackemyer, fr., Morrison.
Designated hitter/utility player – Andrew Connelly, sr. Morrison.
*--Unanimous selection by coaches
Player of the Year – Powers.
Coach of the Year – Jason Orman, Erie/Prophetstown.
Erie/Prophetstown 12 2
Morrison 12 2
Fulton 8 6
Sterling Newman 7 7
Kewanee 6 8
Amboy 5 9
Riverdale 4 10
Bureau Valley 2 12
Morrison 8 4
Erie/Prophetstown 6 4
Fulton 6 5
Bureau Valley 6 6
Kewanee 5 7
Sterling Newman 4 5
Amboy 3 8