Four Tigers on All-CLC first team

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

MARK WEBER MARK WEBER HG’s Fritz on first team third straight year

The Howards Grove Tigers, who won their second straight Central Lakeshore Conference baseball title this past season, have a league-high four players on the 2015 All-CLC first team.

The Tigers’ first-team picks as voted by the CLC coaches include senior center fielder Zach Fritz, junior pitcher Brad Olson, senior second baseman Andrew Reinemann and senior Bryce Hoffmann who was named to the utility position. Hoffmann was a shortstop and pitcher.

Fritz, a unanimous choice, is a first-team selection for the third straight season. Last year, he was named as an outfielder and in his sophomore year at pitcher. Olson repeated on the first unit, having been named as a utility player in 2014.

Reinemann, a unanimous selection, moved up from the second team as a junior.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters have two first-team selections in senior catcher Elliot Van Oss and junior shortstop Stephan Clemens. Van Oss and Clemens were second-team players last season.

ZACH FRITZ ZACH FRITZ Tiger head coach Mark Weber, whose team posted a 16-2 league record, was voted the CLC Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches for the second consecutive season.

Hoffmann also earned 2015 All-CLC honorable mention at the pitcher and infield positions. He was a second-team infielder last year. The Tigers’ other all-league picks include honorable-mention senior outfielders Alex Strege and Dakota Rabe. Rabe was on the second team in 2014.

Elkhart sophomore Jordan Bahr, a pitcher and infielder, was voted to the second team as a utility player. The Resorters’ other All-CLC pick is sophomore outfielder Tyler Schultz who is honorable mention.

Fritz batted an impressive .414 in CLC action. The Tigers’ leadoff hitter had 13 RBIs, three doubles, 15 stolen bases, 23 runs scored and an outstanding .564 on-base percentage.

STEPHAN CLEMENS STEPHAN CLEMENS “Zach made 99-percent catches of all baseballs hit in his direction and hit .414 his senior year. He was one of a kind and will be remembered for his quiet leadership and fierce determination. He will be greatly missed,” said Weber.

Reinemann batted .350 with 12 RBIs, one triple, two doubles and 16 runs. He stole 16 bases.

“Andrew was simply the best infielder in the [Sheboygan] county, bar none. He made big plays, turned every double play and led his team to back-to-back [CLC] championships. Also, his skills at the plate matured,” Weber pointed out.

Hoffmann had a 3-0 pitching mark and three saves with a 2.52 ERA in league play. He recorded 26 strikeouts in 33-1/3 innings. At the plate, he hit .240 with 14 RBIs, two doubles and five runs.

“Bryce was solid at shortstop the past three years and our ‘stopper saver’ on the mound,” Weber said.

“There’s no way we win back-toback championships without Bryce’s ability to stop rallies, close games, and win key games down the stretch. Bryce’s strong arm at shortstop helped us win and earn our back-toback championships.”

Olson had an outstanding conference season on the mound. He chalked up a 6-1 record with a 1.35 ERA. The left-hander fanned 35 batters in only 36-1/3 innings and walked only 13. He hit .300 with nine RBIs.

“Brad was 6-1 with a strong ERA of 1.35. Out of 36-1/3 innings pitched, 11 were 1-2-3-out innings,” Weber noted.

“He hit .300 and played very solid defense. His intensity and willto win attitude really drove our team to success.”

Van Oss hit a scorching .464 in CLC play. He had 14 RBIs, five doubles, 12 runs, 11 steals and an excellent

BRAD OLSON BRAD OLSON .508 on-base percentage. He made nine assists at catcher.

Clemens batted an outstanding .400 with 11 RBIs, one double, two triples and 24 runs. His on-base percentage was .476 and he stole 10 bases.

Bahr hit .340 with 15 RBIs, one double, a triple, 12 runs and 10 steals. Schultz hit .233 with 11 RBIs, one double, 15 runs and five steals.

“Being voted CLC Coach of the Year is a great honor because these are the coaches we compete with three times a year,” said Weber.

“The honor is one that is earned over time and tested by the heat of competition. The CLC coaches are all virtuous and highly respected by me, so their nomination is greatly appreciated.”

The other first-team repeat picks are junior outfielder Chris Brill of Oostburg and senior first baseman Jeremy Wichmann of Ozaukee. The other unanimous first-team player is Wichmann.




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