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In this Clinton Herald archive photo, Fulton’s Drew Dykstra swings at a pitch during an April 12 contest against Orion at LumberKings Stadium. Dykstra, a freshman, was named a unanimous selection to the TRAC West All-Conference team.

FULTON – The Three Rivers Athletic Conference has released league honors, and members of both the Fulton baseball and softball teams were well-represented.

Drew Dykstra led the way for the baseball selections, earning unanimous First Team honors. Dykstra, a freshman, was a reliable bat for the Steamers at the top of the order, and the lefty also provided a stellar defensive prowess in the outfield and garnered innings on the mound. He hit .340 with a .446 on-base percentage.

"Part of it is he has a good routine, he is mature for his age and understands game situations," Fulton coach Brent Dykstra said. "He stays within himself and doesn't try to do too much."

Connor Barnett earned Second Team honors. Barnett, a sophomore, was perhaps the team’s most consistent pitcher and helped anchor the top of the lineup. Barnett also played a solid shortstop when he wasn’t pitching. Barnett led the team in innings pitched (31) and hit .276 (.354 OBP).

"He was our workhorse on the mound," Dykstra said. "There weren't many letdowns or breakdowns."

Larson Barnett overcame a season-long injury to earn honorable mention honors. While the senior was limited to only hitting and baserunning, one of the team’s lone seniors made his presence felt, providing a power bat for coach Dykstra and company.

Barnett hit .286 and was the team's biggest slugging threat with six doubles and two triples. 

"He did so much for us," Dykstra said. "Designated hitter is one of the toughest positions to play... you don't get to fly out and go out and play defense and forget about it. You have to sit in the dugout and think of it. 

"His senior knowledge and role as a player-coach for us was huge."

The softball team racked up the accolades, too.

Fulton sent a large haul to the conference team, including four First Team members. Infielders Emily Schipper, Kylee Sweenie, Emily Banker and Liz Fish took top honors. Schipper and Sweenie were infielders, Banker played outfield and Fish ended the season as the team’s No. 1 pitcher.

Rylee Leitzen, Ally Curley and Faith Ottens were each named to the Second Team while Ally Reed took an honorable mention. The Steamers fell in the Regional final to Sterling Newman 3-0 last week.