Panthers dominate All-EWC first team

¦ Cain, Falls’ Heili voted Co-Players of the Year
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

MATT OLIG MATT OLIG Junior pitcher/infielder Zac Cain of Plymouth was voted the Eastern Wisconsin Conference’s Co-Player of the Year for the 2014 baseball season by the league coaches.

Cain shares the honor with senior pitcher/shortstop Nate Heili of Sheboygan Falls. Heili, a firstteam infielder for the second consecutive season, was the EWC’s Player of the Year in 2013.

Cain and Panther teammate Clay Henning, a senior shortstop, were named to the All-EWC first team for the third straight year. Cain was selected at the utility position.

The Panthers, who won their second consecutive EWC title, dominate the first unit with an impressive seven players out of 13 selections. Senior catcher Luke Held and junior center fielder Tyler Willeford were voted to the first team for the second straight season.

Cain, Held, Henning, Richards and Willeford are unanimous selections.

Plymouth’s other first-team picks include senior second baseman Jake Richards, junior first baseman Matt Olig and right fielder Justin Picard. Richards was a second-team choice last year.

LUKE HELD LUKE HELD Panther head coach Butch Cain, whose team finished 17-1 in the conference, was voted the EWC’s Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

Also earning All-EWC honors for PHS is senior third baseman Luke Hojnacki who is on the second team.

Cain had an outstanding conference season on offense and on the mound. He ranked No. 1 in the following categories: batting with a scorching .545 average; hits, 30; RBIs, 31; doubles, 11; total bases, 43; on-base percentage, .571; and slugging percentage with .782.

He tied for second in runs scored with 21 and shared fourth in stolen bases with eight. Cain hit one triple.

Cain was the ERA champion with an impressive 0.36 and led in wins with seven (7-0 record) and lowest opponents’ batting average with an amazing .104. He was second in strikeouts recorded with 52 (9.33 average per game) and pitched three complete games.

JUSTIN PICARD JUSTIN PICARD “Zac had another solid season on the diamond. He played well at seven different positions for us, again improved his hitting and pitched effectively for us all season,” said coach Cain.

“His hard work and determination to improve have allowed him to be more consistent each year at the varsity level. We believe his continued dedication to improving his crafts in the off-season will help our team compete at a high level again next year.”

Henning led in runs with 26 and tied for first in triples at two, tied for second in walks at 13, was fifth in total bases with 30 and finished ninth in hitting with a .364 average. He shared fourth in doubles with four.

ZAC CAIN ZAC CAIN “Clay had another outstanding defensive season and the job he did for us from the leadoff position was even better than his first three years in this role,” said coach Cain.

“His quiet leadership and ability to make the difficult play look rather easy were constants for us. His overall game will be hard to replace with even two players next season.”

Held ranked sixth in batting with a .396 average, tied for fourth in hits with 21, was third in RBIs at 24, shared second in doubles with seven and was fourth in slugging percentage with .585. and total bases, 31. He hit one home run.

Held had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and also threw out three runners attempting to steal in league play.

“Luke Held was the complete defensive player. He controlled the game from calling pitches, defenses, blocking the ball, and throwing extremely well,” said the PHS coach. “This, along with his offensive prowess, were what set him apart from most all other catchers in the state.”

JAKE RICHARDS JAKE RICHARDS Willeford finished seventh in batting with a .377 average, tied for sixth in hits with 20, shared second in runs at 21 and doubles with seven and was fourth in RBIs with 21.

He tied for sixth in total bases with 29, ranked seventh in onbase percentage with .476 and ranked sixth in slugging percentage at .547.

“Tyler had a splendid junior season and displayed his athleticism at the plate, in the field, and on the bases,” said coach Cain.

“His ability to make plays and get big hits for us at crucial times were also keys to our team’s run to a conference championship and state run.”

Richards ranked 10th in batting with a .362 average, sixth in runs with 18, third in on-base percentage at .500 and tied for second in walks with 13. Richards had 10 RBIs and three doubles.

CLAY HENNING CLAY HENNING “Jake Richards had a wonderful senior campaign – leading us in OBP while hitting for power and consistency as well. His defense was superb and his pitching was huge in our overall accomplishments,” noted coach Cain.

Picard hit .286 with eight RBIs, 16 runs and a .426 on-base average.

“Justin showed what hard work and determination can do for a team player. He played great defense and had some big offensive games as well,” coach Cain pointed out.

Olig batted an impressive .447 which ranked third. He shared fourth in runs with 19 and tied for sixth in walks at 12. He had 11 RBIs, two doubles and a .596 on-base average.

“Matt had a breakout junior season and excelled at first base and pitcher. His ability to throw strikes allowed our league-leading defense to do their work. His clutch hitting was also evident in many close contests,” said coach Cain.

TYLER WILLEFORD TYLER WILLEFORD Olig finished fifth in the EWC in ERA with 1.27 and had a 4-0 record.

Hojnacki hit .351 with 11 RBIs, four doubles, 16 runs and a .419 on-base percentage.

“Luke Hojnacki was a stout defensive player for us all season long and he contributed each and every game in ways that don’t always show up in the box score,” said the Panther coach.

“His offensive numbers improved again. He provided some punch and speed from the middle of our lineup and was consistently a tough out.”

Coach Cain thought the team’s success and his assistant coaches were key reasons why he received the coaching honor.

“I can’t take the credit for this award on my own and it should be the community award. So many people were instrumental in our season’s success and I probably can’t even mention them all,” he said.

BUTCH CAIN BUTCH CAIN The other first-team repeater is Heili. The other unanimous firstteam picks are Heili and Falcon teammate Joe Van Engen, a junior outfielder.

Alex Zommers of Campbellsport led the league in home runs with three. Mark Sippel and Josh Burg of New Holstein shared the lead in triples with Henning at two each.

Nick Walsh of Kiel and Aaron Schaefer, New Holstein, had a league-high 11 steals each.

Jordan Dreikosen of Campbellsport ranked first among pitchers in strikeouts with 71 (11.74 average per game). Dreikosen also led in saves with two.

PHS paced the EWC in team batting with an impressive .371 average – 76 points ahead of second place Campbellsport (.295).

The Panthers ranked second behind Falls in team pitching with an outstanding 1.40 ERA. The Falcons’ staff posted a stellar 1.17 ERA.

PHS was the top fielding team with a fielding percentage of .962.

All-Eastern Wisconsin
Conference Baseball

P – Jordan Dreikosen, Campbell. .....Jr.
P – Nick Peterson, Sheb. Falls…......Sr.
C – Luke Held, Plymouth...............Sr.
IF – Clay Henning, Plymouth.........Sr.
IF – Jake Richards, Plymouth........Sr.
IF – Nate Heili, Sheboygan Falls...…Sr.
IF – Al Zommers, Campbellsport......Sr.
IF – Matt Olig, Plymouth.................Jr.
OF – Tyler Willeford, Plymouth......Jr.
OF – Joe Van Engen, Sheb. Falls.....Jr.
OF – Austin Narges, Campbell. …....Fr.
OF – Justin Picard, Plymouth........Sr.
Util. – Zac Cain, Plymouth..............Jr.
P – Dominic Probst, New Holstein....Sr.
C – Terren Driscoll, Kiel…......………Sr.
IF – Taylor Ramthun, Campbell. …...Sr.
IF – Brett Boegel, Kewaskum…........Sr.
IF – Hunter Demmon, Kewaskum.....Jr.
IF – Luke Hojnacki, Plymouth........Sr.
IF – Eric Klemme, Sheb. Falls…Sr.
OF – Alex Winkel, Kiel.....................So.
OF – Devon Olm, New Holstein........Sr.
OF – Alex Dewane, Two Rivers........Fr.
OF – Sean Mossberg, Campbell. ….Sr.
Util. – Jake Wiesenthal, Sheb. Falls..Sr.
C – Nolan Beirne, New Holstein.......Fr.
C – Ross Krist, Sheboygan Falls......Fr.
IF – Ty Schmidt, Campbellsport........Jr.
IF –Tanner Woepse Kiel….............…Jr.
IF – Josh Burg, New Holstein.......…So.
IF – Hunter Petrie, New Holstein...…Sr.
IF – Kyle Peterson, Sheb. Falls.......So.
Util. – Austin Moore, Campbellsport..So.
Util. – Michael Voelker, N. Holstein..Sr.
Util. – Mitchell Taylor, Two Rivers.....Sr.

Final Standings

Plymouth……….…….................17 1
Sheboygan Falls……...................15 3
Campbellsport….………..............12 6
New Holstein………………...........8 10
Kewaskum………....................…..8 10
Kiel…………….......................…...3 15
Two Rivers………….....……….….0 18

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