Panthers dominate All-EWC first team

¦ Plymouth’s Cain, Henning repeat on top unit
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


BUTCH CAIN BUTCH CAIN Junior shortstop Clay Henning and sophomore first baseman Zac Cain of Plymouth were named to the 2013 All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference baseball first team for the second consecutive season.

Cain is one of four players who are unanimous first-team picks in voting by the EWC coaches. The PHS Panthers, who won the league title with an outstanding 17-0-1 record, dominate the first team with six selections. The Panthers’ other first-team players are senior pitchers Matt Rhude and Ryan Schieble, junior catcher Luke Held and sophomore outfielder Tyler Willeford.

Willeford was on the second team as a freshman and Held, a unanimous choice, was honorable mention last year.

PHS head coach Butch Cain, who guided the Panthers to their first EWC title since 2004, was voted the league’s Coach of the Year. Junior infielder Nate Heili of Sheboygan Falls was selected the EWC’s Player of the Year.


MATT RUHDE MATT RUHDE Plymouth’s other all-league selections are senior infielder Eric Leinen and junior infielder Jake Richards.

Cain had an impressive conference season at the plate. He led the EWC in batting with a red-hot .458 average; hits, 27; total bases, 37; and slugging percentage with .627.

Cain ranked second in runs scored with 28 and was tied for second in RBIs with Falls’ Mike Raeder at 25 each. Cain was fourth in on-base percentage with .521, tied for third in doubles with seven and tied for sixth in steals with eight.

“Zac played a solid first base for us – making many fine plays that displayed his athleticism while getting us some critical outs,” said coach Cain.

“He hit the ball well to all fields while leading the conference in hits, batting average and slugging percentage.”

Henning paced the league in runs with 29 and walks, 20. He fin- ished third in the league in batting with an excellent .424. Henning was second in hits with 25, stolen bases, 11 and on-base percentage at .575.


RYAN SCHEIBLE RYAN SCHEIBLE “Clay gave us great defense at shortstop and was able to make difficult plays at his position look routine,” observed the Panther coach.

“His ability to range from his left to right were rivaled by no other shortstop in the league. He led the league in runs scored, walks, and was second in OBP while doing a fantastic job from the leadoff position for our squad.

“He again showed his speed on the bases while finishing second in the conference with 11 stolen bases,” said coach Cain.

Schieble and Rhude had terrific seasons on the mound. Schieble ranked second in the EWC in ERA with 1.02 and was 5-0 with 39 strikeouts and only 29 hits allowed in 41 innings. He finished fourth in strikeouts and third in opponents’ batting average at .192.


LUKE HELD LUKE HELD Rhude tied for first in victories with six. Rhude, 6-0, finished sixth in ERA at 1.88; fourth in strikeouts, 42; second in complete games, four; and second in opponents’ batting average with .181. He allowed only 25 hits.

“Ryan did a tremendous job on the mound for us this year and seemed to get stronger with each performance,” said coach Cain.

“He improved his strikeoutto walk ratio as the season wore on. He pitched ahead in the count more this year which allowed him to use all of his pitches to his advantage. Ryan displayed a competitive attitude and worked hard to be his best every night out.

“Matt displayed a passionate desire to have the ball while facing our toughest opponents in the EWC. He used all of his pitches to his advantage while going after hitters early in the count.


ZAC CAIN ZAC CAIN “His curveball improved as the year went on and he used it as a successful out-pitch. Matt always worked hard to go deep into games,” the coach pointed out.

Held ranked fourth in RBIs with 23, tied for seventh in batting at .383 and shared fifth in hits, 23.

“Luke developed into a great leader from his position and called some masterful games while blocking everything in the dirt again,” coach Cain noted.

“Luke slowed the opposition’s threat to run remarkably while throwing out over half of the would-be base stealers and allowing a league-low in attempts. His hitting was also tops for catchers in the league as he displayed his ability to get timely hits.”

Held gunned down seven bas- erunners out of 13 steal attempts.

Willeford led the EWC in steals with 14; and was ninth in hitting, .382; fourth in runs, 23; tied for sixth in total bases, 30; seventh in slugging percentage with .545; ninth in RBIs, 15 and tied for third in doubles with seven.


TYLER WILLEFORD TYLER WILLEFORD “Tyler played hard at all times. His defense was stellar as he ran down potential hits in all directions. Tyler hit the ball well for us,” said the coach.

“He was also seventh in the conference in slugging percentage while showing power to all areas of the field. He was a consistent threat to run while applying pressure on the defense.”

Richards batted .362 with 10 RBIs and 17 runs. Leinen hit .313 with 12 RBIs and 15 runs.

“Eric played the best second base of his career for Plymouth while helping us to the best team defensive fielding percentage in the EWC. He was also a threat at the plate,” said coach Cain.

“Jake had a super season for us at third base, shortstop and second base. He battled through a couple different injuries to his leg and foot during the season. He didn’t let his injuries slow his accomplishments on defense or at the plate.


CLAY HENNING CLAY HENNING “We believe these [All-EWC] awards were deserved by all of our players and were a by-product of our team’s ability to have great unity.

“We talked about how our team’s success would bring individual accolades and the men believed in one another enough to make it possible. Every player, coach and fan associated with our squad this season played a vital role in our team’s shared success,” the coach added.

The other unanimous first-team players are Heili, senior infielder Jake Hardy of Kewaskum and Raeder, a senior outfielder.

James Hughes of Campbellsport led the league in home runs with three. Falls’ Jacob Meyer was the RBI leader with 26.

Heili was first in on-base percentage with .581 and second in batting, .444.

Heili and Kewaskum’s Mike Holt tied for first with Rhude for the most pitching wins at six. Leinen was the ERA leader with an impressive 0.00 (one unearned run in 20 innings).

All-Eastern Wisconsin
Conference Baseball

FIRST TEAM
P – Ryan Schieble, Plymouth........Sr.
P – Matt Rhude, Plymouth.............Sr.
C – Luke Held, Plymouth................Jr.
IF – Zac Cain, Plymouth................So.
IF – Nate Heili, Sheb. Falls.……....…Jr.
IF – Clay Henning, Plymouth.........Jr.
IF – Jordan Meyer, Kiel…......………Sr.
IF – Jake Meyer, Sheboygan Falls…Sr.
OF – Mike Raeder, Sheb. Falls.........Sr.
OF – Jake Hardy, Kewaskum….…...Sr.
OF – Tyler Willeford, Plymouth....So.
OF – Cole Sippel, Campbellsport…..Sr.
Util. – Brett Boegel, Kewaskum….....Jr.
SECOND TEAM
P – Jordan Dreikosen, Camp. .........So.
P – Mike Holt, Kewaskum….….........Sr.
C –Travis Boehnlein, New Holstein..Sr.
IF – Dustin Salter, Campbellsport......Jr.
IF – Jake Richards, Plymouth........Jr.
IF – Eric Leinen, Plymouth.............Sr.
IF – Ty Schmidt, Campbellsport.......So.
IF – Eric Klemme, Sheb. Falls….......Jr.
OF – Nick Banks, Kewaskum.....…...Sr.
OF – Josh Rostek, Sheb. Falls.….....Jr.
OF – Cory Johnson, Two Rivers.......Sr.
OF – Cameron Greene, Two Rivers..Sr.
Util. – Brett Kasper, Two Rivers........Sr.
HONORABLE MENTION
P – Mike Voelker, New Holstein........Jr.
P – Nick Peterson, Sheboygan Falls.Jr.
P – Zach Hedlund, Kewaskum….….Sr.
IF – Jason Brandt, New Holstein...…Sr.
IF – Al Zommers, Campbellsport.......Jr.
IF – Sam Schlosser, Kewaskum.......Fr.
IF – Terren Driscoll, Kiel…......………Jr.
IF – Eric Weber, Kiel…..................…Fr.
OF –Tanner Woepse Kiel….........…So.
Util. – Jake Wiesenthal, Sheb. Falls..Jr.

EASTERN WISCONSIN
CONFERENCE BASEBALL
Final Standings
W L T
Plymouth..................................17 0 1
Kewaskum.................................13 5 0
Sheboygan Falls........................11 7 0
Campbellsport............................6 12 0
New Holstein..............................5 11 2
Kiel.............................................5 12 1
Two Rivers.................................4 14 0


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