Falcons complete successful season

by Steve Ottman
Falls News Correspondent


THE MEMBERS OF THE 2017 Sheboygan Falls High School baseball team are (bottom row, left to right) Lucas Kaland, Mike Fischer, Sawyer Specht, Trae Theobald, Alex Schmitt, Griffinn Kluth; (middle row) Alex Friday, Jacoby Endreas, Brandon Senglaub, Jonah Tenpas, Garrett Rau; (top row) head coach Lance Smith, Ross Krist, JT Petrie, Seth Aschenbach, Ben Krueger, assistant coach Chris Hilleshein. - Photo by Network Photography THE MEMBERS OF THE 2017 Sheboygan Falls High School baseball team are (bottom row, left to right) Lucas Kaland, Mike Fischer, Sawyer Specht, Trae Theobald, Alex Schmitt, Griffinn Kluth; (middle row) Alex Friday, Jacoby Endreas, Brandon Senglaub, Jonah Tenpas, Garrett Rau; (top row) head coach Lance Smith, Ross Krist, JT Petrie, Seth Aschenbach, Ben Krueger, assistant coach Chris Hilleshein. - Photo by Network Photography The 2017 Sheboygan Falls High School baseball team completed another successful season, which was highlighted by the program’s seventh straight sectional appearance.

The Falls squad finished 14-8 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference and 15-14 overall.

Falls edged Random Lake 4-3 in the WIAA regional final playoff game to earn a spot in the sectional round, during which New Holstein defeated the Falcons 5-2 in a sectional semifinal contest.

Third-year head coach Lance Smith recently informed the team of his resignation and plans to move to Tennessee to be with his family.

“This team was a fun group to coach, and I’m very proud to have been their coach as the team was comprised of many special and hard-working young men,” said Smith. “I’m sad to leave the program as I move out of state, but my three years at Falls were very rewarding and fun due to the special and great players, families, and community members.”

Smith stated that Falls has a great baseball and athletic community and was blessed to have been the school’s head baseball coach for the last three years.

“I think with our younger players and the supportive community, the future of the program will be strong,” Smith commented. “Also, I’d like to wish our five seniors the best of luck as all of them were great players and role models for the younger players in our community.

“I’d have liked to have won a couple more games, but I thought we had another good season,” he said.

Next year’s Falcons’ team will miss the services of this year’s senior players, including Ross Krist, Mike Fischer, Trae Theobald, Ben Krueger and Lucas Kaland.

Falls had a very competitive season with only one shutout loss, which occurred in the first game of the season when half of the starters were missing.

The team scored 193 runs, while losing two games by more than 10 runs.

Krist was named first team All-EWC as a position player. He led the team in almost every offensive category while leading the EWC with a .540 batting average.

For the entire season, Krist’s batting average was .458 and his on-base percentage was .578, which led the team in both categories. He also scored 31 runs, recorded 15 stolen bases and hit two home runs.

Theobald was a second team All-EWC selection. He batted .365, which was second highest on team. Theobald also posted 19 runs batted in, scored 24 runs and piled up 25 hits to finish second on the team in all three categories. He also had the third-highest season batting average on the team at .342.

Falls junior JT Petrie was named to the second team All- EWC unit as a position player and pitcher. He batted .321 in conference and his overall season batting average was .283.

Petrie was recognized as one of the Falcons’ best defensive players as he recorded a .935 fielding percentage as a shortstop.

“He was one of the most reliable infielders on the team,” Smith remarked.

Fischer had the team’s second-highest season batting average at .368 and secondhighest season on-base percentage at .486.

Sophomore Jacoby Endreas led the team with 25 RBI and had a .480 on-base percentage largely due to his team-high 24 hit by pitches, which was more than some area teams had combined this year.

Petrie had a team-low 2.10 earned run average in the EWC and a 4-2 record in conference. He had a season ERA of 2.482, which was second lowest on the team, and gave up only 13 walks in 36.2 innings pitched, while recording the team’s best record at 5-2.

Krist had the team’s lowest season ERA at 2.265 and highest tally of strikeouts at 41.

Endreas had an impressive 2.864 season ERA, along with 34 strikeouts and a 5-3 record in 36.2 innings pitched.

Looking ahead to next season, Falls will return nine players with varsity experience.


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