The Jefferson baseball team placed three players on the all-conference first-team roster in a vote held recently.
Senior shortstop Luis Serrano, junior first baseman Tyler Butina, and sophomore second baseman Aidan Kammer were the first-team honorees as infielders.
Serrano hit .424 with a .535 on-base percentage and 1.152 OPS. He stole 24 bases, had 15 extra strikes (including 12 doubles), scored 34 runs and drove in 29.
“Luis over the past two years with his defensive ability is considered the best infielder in the Rock Valley,” Jefferson baseball coach Greg Fetherston said. “He stepped up this year and had a phenomenal senior season and a great career.
“It’s cool to see children devote themselves throughout the year and to be rewarded at the end of the season. Luis hit that big two-run home run in the state semifinals to tie it up and put on a show on Bally Sports ahead of all of Wisconsin State in the state title game. I couldn’t be happier for Luis.
Butina’s .451 average was the best on the team. He finished with an OBP of 0.550 and an OPS rating of 1.265. Almost half of Butina’s hits have resulted in added bases, including 18 doubles and three triples. Butina had a team-leading 35 RBIs and a team-best 41 runs scored.
“Tyler is a recurring player in all first-team conferences and was co-conference player of the year last year,” Fetherston said. “He was nominated for Player of the Year this year and got a few votes this year.
“Tyler continued his fine high school career at Jefferson. In addition to being a feared hitter, he showed improvement on the field and an ability to lead bases, steal bases and take extra 90s when pitchers also proud of his leadership and his development from this point of view.
Kammer hit 0.443 with an OBP of 0.504 and an OPS of 1.069. He had a team 51 base hits, scoring 37 runs while totaling 18 RBIs.
“Aidan had a great second season,” Fetherston said. “Last year he was catching games, throwing, playing short and first in junior college. He worked hard in the weight room to improve his strength.
“Leading in bats and leading the team in hits as a sophomore, we can’t wait to see what he can do over the next two years. Obviously, a first-team spot in the infield is hard to come by, so we expect big things from him.
Whitewater senior infielder Marc Jones was also a first-team selection.
Jefferson’s sophomore pitcher Tyler Fredrick was a second-team winner.
Fredrick had a 1.524 ERA in 82 2/3 innings. He struck out 68 against 12 walks, compiling a 10-2 record.
“Freddy had some big wins outside of the conference and midway through the year he established himself as our No. 1 pitcher,” Fetherston said. “He has improved over the season.
“He has the ability to throw shots, command the zone and effectively throw three shots, which is the ingredient for success in Wisconsin. You don’t need to be throwing 85 to 93 miles per hour to get the guys out. He’s another kid who has a work ethic and is a great role model for our young kids to see what can happen when you put in the time.
Honorable mention selections include Jefferson senior receiver Tanner Pinnow and senior outfielder Evan Neitzel as well as Whitewater seniors Marcus DePorter and Wyatt Nickels.
Pinnow hit .291 with 17 RBI and 13 runs scored.
“Tanner was a four-year-old starter and our rock behind the plate,” Fetherston said. “He had the strongest arm in the conference and coaches didn’t test his arm often.
“He’s been a terrific drum mate for pitchers over the past four years. I know they appreciate all the time he has spent in bullpen sessions and open gyms over the years. He is a great role model for our young Junior Eagles to follow. »
Neitzel hit .287, making 26 runs while scoring 22 times.
“Every great team needs an Evan Neitzel,” Fetherston said. “He is an excellent teammate who plays in all the positions that are asked of him. He puts things away, sweeps the canoe and is there early and late. We never have to ask him for anything.
“He spent four phenomenal years in the program. Evan had a stellar year and was probably the one who improved the most from a junior year to a senior year. He had a big hit in state with the RBI in the Mosinee game. I couldn’t be happier with Evan for what he has done for his family and our program.
Turner won Rock Valley with a 16-2 record, followed by Jefferson and Edgerton each at 14-4, Evansville at 13-5, McFarland at 10-8, East Troy at 8-10, Brodhead/Juda at 6- 12, Whitewater at 5-13, Big Foot at 3-15 and Clinton at 1-17.
ROCK VALLEY BASEBALL CONFERENCE
Pitchers—Jackson Burk, sr., Beloit Turner; Brady Malkow, Sr., Brodhead; Willard Peterson, Sr., Evansville.
Seekers—Cal Ries, Sr., Beloit Turner; Ryan Weed, Jr., East Troy.
Infielders—Marc Jones, Sr., Whitewater; Luis Serrano, Sr., Jefferson; Shane Kisting, Sr., Edgerton; Tyler Butina, Jr., Jefferson; Konner Giddley, Jr., Beloit Turner; Aidan Kammer, so., Jefferson.
Outfielders—Chase Fox, jr., East Troy; Dadon Gillen, Jr., McFarland; Connor Hughes, Jr., Beloit Turner; Michael Cook, Jr., Beloit Turner.
Utility—Peyton Lee, sr., Edgerton.
Players of the Year—Jackson Burk, Beloit Turner; Peyton Lee, Edgerton.
Coach of the Year—Jeff Clowes, Beloit Turner
Pitchers—Tyler Fredrick, So., Jefferson; Steven Olson, Sr., Edgerton.
Catchers—Bennett Keller, so., Evansville.
Infielders—Silas Heimos, sr., East Troy; Conner Punzel, Sr., McFarland; Carson Dupuis, Jr., Edgerton; Will Lauterbach, Jr., Beloit Turner.
Outfielders—Brayden McMahon, Sr., Beloit Turner; Chase Maves, Sr., Evansville; Austin Cocroft, Sr., Walworth Big Foot.
Utility—Braylan Roder, fr., McFarland.
Beloit Turner—Mason Hoenig, Jr. ; Eric Halon, Jr.
Brodhead—Aidyn Vondra, jr. ; Gabe Bockhop, Fr.
Clinton—Gavin Wesling, Fr. ; Owen Hesebeck, Jr.
East Troy—Ryan Meehan, N/A; Zach Johnson, Jr.
Edgerton—Justin Clark, Sr.; Liam Punzel, sr.
Evansville—Owen Boll, Sr.; Wyatt Nelson, therefore.
Jefferson—Tanner Pinnow, Sr.; Evan Neitzel, Sr.
McFarland—Gabe Lee, Sr.; Luc Schaaf, sr.
Walworth Big Foot—Joey Schmitz, Sr.; Nevin Anderson, Sr.
Living Water—Marcus DePorter, Sr.; Wyatt Nickels, sr.
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