Tiger trio repeats on All-CLC first team

Senior Matt Schroeder, junior Elliot Thieleke and sophomore Mike Verfuerth of the Howards Grove Tigers were named to the All-Central Lakeshore Conference baseball first team for the second straight season.

Schroeder was selected as a pitcher and Thieleke and Verfuerth at catcher and outfield positions, respectively. Thieleke played center field last year.

Sophomore shortstop Dane Blake of the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters was voted to the first team by the CLC coaches at an infield spot.

The Tigers’ other All-CLC players – all honorable mention – are senior first baseman Marshall Fox, junior infielder Marty Moenning, sophomore infielder Eric Dickmeyer and senior outfielder Jacob Milbrath. Milbrath was also honorable mention in 2007.

Elkhart has a pair of second-team picks in junior outfielders Alex Brown and Justin Hertel. Brown was also on the second unit as a sophomore.

Also earning all-league recognition for the Resorters is sophomore Deric Lightle on honorable mention at the utility position. Lightle, who missed the final one-third of the season due to an industrial accident, was a pitcher, catcher and infielder this year.

Schroeder posted a 2.60 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 45 innings, five complete games and a 3-3 record in CLC play. His opponents hit just a combined .249.

He also had an outstanding league season on offense. Schroeder, an all-state first-team choice, batted a sizzling .543 with a .717 slugging percentage and a .638 on-base average. He had 19 RBIs, 16 runs scored, two triples and eight stolen bases in eight attempts.

Thieleke, a second-team all-stater, also had an impressive CLC season at the plate. He hit .500 with 21 runs, 11 RBIs, .587 slugging average and a .629 on-base percentage. The speedster stole 18 bases in 19 attempts.

Verfuerth hit .340 with nine RBIs, 17 runs and seven steals in seven tries. He committed only one error in 15 league games.

Dickmeyer hit .326 to go with nine RBIs and eight runs. Fox batted .278, scored 10 runs and batted in four runs. Moenning hit .204 with 11 RBIs, nine runs and two triples. He made only three errors in 15 CLC games. Milbrath had a .271 batting average, drove in 16 runs and scored 13.

The Resorters’ CLC statistics were unavailable before press time.

The other first-team repeaters include senior first baseman Tim Schwan and senior infielder Brad Palmer of CLC champion Random Lake.

Random Lake, which finished 15-3 in the CLC, has a league-high four first-teamers. Howards, which finished second at 14-4, has the second-most first-team players.

All-Central Lakeshore Conference Baseball

FIRST TEAM
P Matt Schroeder, How. Grove…..Sr.
P Travis Goehring, Random Lake....Sr
C Elliot Thieleke, How. Grove…...…Jr.
1B Tim Schwan, Random Lake.……...Sr.
IF Brad Palmer, Random Lake…..…..Sr.
IF Ryan Stefanczyk, Sheb. Luth. ….…Jr.
IF Dane Blake, Elkhart Lake….......So.
OF Ryan Schueller, Random Lake…..Sr.
OF Mike Verfuerth, How. Grove……So.
OF Brandon Garcia, Cedar Grove.…...Jr.
Util. – Mike Woltring, Oostburg…..……..So.
SECOND TEAM
P – Justin Wilterdink, Oostburg………..Sr.
P – James Cornelius, Sheb. Luth. …….Sr.
C – Taylor Poth, Sheb. Lutheran….…...Sr.
1B Matt Launer, Oostburg……………..Jr.
IF Spencer Plier, Random Lake…..…Jr.
IF Nick Mueller, Sheb. Lutheran……Sr.
IF Tom Stecker, Oostburg………….…So.
OF Alex Brown, Elkhart Lake…..……Jr.
OF Justin Hertel, Elkhart Lake………Jr.
OF Adam Kellner, Sheb. Lutheran….So.
Util. – Kyle Bruggink, Cedar Grove….…So.
HONORABLE MENTION

P – Ryan Mulloy, Cedar Grove…...…...Sr.
P – Mark Weyker, Random Lake……..Jr.
P – Stefanczyk, Sheb. Luth. ……………Jr.
C – Jeremy Lewis, Random Lake…...So.
C – Luke Menzel, Oostburg……….…..So.
1B – Marshall Fox, How. Grove……...Sr.
1B – Christian Ertel, Sheb. Luth. ……...Fr.
IF – Bruggink, Cedar Grove…………..…So.
IF – Marty Moenning, How. Grove…..Jr.
IF – Eric Dickmeyer, How. Grove…...So.
IF – Dave Stecker, Oostburg….…………Jr.
IF – Nate Klopatek, Sheb. Christian…Sr.
OF – Jacob Milbrath, How. Grove…….Sr.
OF – Kyle Woltring, Oostburg……..……..Sr.
OF – Marcus Buehler, Oostburg………..So.
OF – Jacob Huiras, Random Lake..…...So.
Util. – Weyker, Random Lake……………..Jr.
Util. – Mueller, Sheb. Lutheran……….…Sr.
Util. – Deric Lightle, Elkhart Lake..…So. ___________________________


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