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2011-06-16 / Sports

Eagle Baseball Honors

by Mike Organ

Donnie Havard, being honored as the Newcomer of the Year in baseball, led the Lexington Eagles’ picks in the 2011 all- district selections. Josh O’Conner, Kaelan Blok, Dylan Iselt, Tyler Moerbe, and Logan Meuth were chosen to the first team by district coaches. Brandon Meyer, Kogan Garrett, and Lane Turner were given second team accolades.

Havard was chosen Newcomer of the Year for his .455 batting average in district action. He had 25 hits in 55 at-bats from his lead off position in the Eagle batting order. Six doubles, two triples, and a home run were included in the 25 hits. Havard also stole six bases in district play while compiling a .964 fielding percentage primarily at second base. Havard was also chosen to play in a futures game in Waco this past Monday.

O’Conner had the team’s highest batting average in district play with a .521 percentage. O’Conner batted second most of the year and was called on to sacrifice bunt to move base runners into scoring position. Josh was the Eagles’ Closer on the mound. He was called on to hold the lead in several district games, enabling the Eagles to make the playoffs.

Dylan Iselt was chosen to the team as a versatile athlete. He batted .354 and patrolled centerfield when not pitching. Iselt’s speed on the base paths enabled him to lead the team in steals in district play with 10. On the mound he earned four of the Eagles’ nine district wins. Dylan compiled a 4.85 ERA in district action.

Blok was easily the most versatile athlete in Lexington this spring. He was a starter on the baseball team on the mound, in the outfield, as well as a regional golfer, and a state tourney tennis player. One wonders what he could have accomplished had he concentrated on just one sport. In district baseball action he was second on the team in innings pitched with 19 2/3 and batted .435 with 18 singles, a double and triple.

Moerbe had some memorable moments in his senior baseball season. The most important was a playoff clinching win on the mound against rival Thorndale. It was Tyler’s first start of the season and district play. A grand slam home run against Florence to bring the Eagles back into the contest was probably his offensive highlight. He batted .340 in district play, led the team with 15 RBI’s, and had a 1.000 fielding percentage, meaning he did not make an error in district play.

Meuth was the team quiet man. Playing a solid first base, hitting .310 he did a lot to make the Eagles a district contender. Playing first base, grabbing wild thrown balls and tagging runners after being pulled off the bag saved many infielders throwing errors on critical plays. Meuth had four doubles and eight RBIs for the Eagles in their playoff run.

Meyer was chosen to the second team for his pitching. The senior change up artist held eventual state champion Cameron to three runs in an eleven inning game that the Yoe eventually won. Meyer’s pitching, while not fast nor flashy, kept the Eagles in games against hard hitting teams with consistency and accuracy.

Garrett played the ‘hot corner’ for the Eagles this season. He fielded at a .964 rate and banged out three doubles. The three doubles produced three runs for the Eagles. He continued to grow at third base as the season progressed. He had his best games in the playoffs versus Schulenburg.

Lane Turner was a solid rock behind home plate for the Eagles. Not many balls got past him and back to the screen; therefore, allowing the pitchers to concentrate on the hitters. Lane homered in district and laced three doubles. Turner also hit a home run in the playoffs. His contribution to the team was invaluable.

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