Eagles Garner All-District Honors
Several of Coach Craig Finley’s Eagles were given honors by District 27-AA coaches. Donnie Havard was voted co-Defensive Player of the Year. Lane Turner, Kogan Garrett, and Logan Meuth were selected to the first team. W.E. Meuth, Derek Dane, and Chase Hibbeler were voted to the second team. Colin Wiggins and Jason Washington were Honorable Mention selections.
Donnie Havard batted lead off in every game after basketball season ended. He went to the plate 69 times officially. He collected 25 hits with 5 being doubles. He scored 23 runs, most were very important markers. He walked seven times and was hit three times. His on base percentage was .438 for the season. Havard was also a relief pitcher for the Eagles, closing out some important games for the Eagles. Donnie was also selected to participate in a futures game last summer after baseball season.
Kogan Garrett played in the infield the entire season for the Eagles. His primary position was shortstop, with some third base and pitching added in good measure. Kogan batted 92 times officially with 36 hits to lead the team. He led the team in homers with four and tied with Turner for the team lead in RBIs with 17. None of his RBIs were more important than two against Schulenburg in the second game. Kogan also led the team with a.391 batting average. He batted .400 with runners in scoring position.
Lane Turner was one of the team leaders. He evolved into the #1 pitcher for the Eagles, winning six games on the mound. Turner struck out 53 while allowing 50 runs. Offensively, he batted .267 and tied Garrett with 17 RBIs. Most of his hits were with runners on base. Lane had five doubles, and was hit by opposing pitchers four times. His batting average with runners in scoring position was .343
Logan Meuth played first base for the Eagles and became a relief pitcher all three games against Schulenburg. His batting average was .376, which ranked second on the team. Logan led the team in doubles with 11, five more than any other Eagle. He used his speed to get several of the twobaggers. His fielding at first base was excellent as he saved many throwing errors with his expertise with the glove and agility.
Derek Dane was the utility player for district play. He played shortstop, second base, catcher, first base, and designated hitter. He filled any role Coach Finley asked with equal effort and acumen. He batted .227 for the season with 14 singles, two doubles and a triple. He had eight RBIs, none more important than the fourth run in game two against Schulenburg.
Chase Hibbeler played third base, pitched, and served as the designated hitter. Chase hit a homer among his 13 hits this season. He also had 13 RBIs for the season. Chase had a .217 batting average.
W.E. Meuth was the best ‘new’ player for the Eagles. “We” pitched on Tuesday nights for the Eagles. That means he pitched the away games in district play. It also means he never got any marginal calls. He was credited with four wins. He also played shortstop, second base, and right field. W.E. batted .212 with 13 singles and a double.
Colin Wiggins was a valuable fly chaser in centerfield. He was reliable and made proper throws after chasing down long fly balls.
Jason Washington also made some spectacular plays from left field.