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Times names All-Area baseball team



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June 20, 2007
TRI-CITY AREA — From the opening pitch to the final out, these players proved that they belonged among the best around.

Here is a look at this year's edition of The Tri-City Times All-Area baseball team and the numbers they amassed to earn that distinction:

Name: Tom Ferrett

School: Dryden

Year: Junior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: Pitcher

Throws: Righthanded

Record: Ferrett put together a 9-5 record, with a 3.09 ERA, during the 2007 campaign.

He retired 82 on strikes en route.

Batting average: Ferrett wound up second on the Dryden ballclub and among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .431 average.

He generated 44 hits among 104 at bats.

Ferrett also contributed his team's fourth best stolen base total (44) plus registered his squad's fifth highest RBI output (20).

Postseason honors: Ferrett concluded his third campaign on Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central Thumb League first team choice.

Name: Mark Owen Jr.

School: Imlay City

Year: Junior

Years on varsity: First

Record: Owen fashioned 7-2 mark, including a 1.40 ERA, this spring.

In 55 innings of work, Owen yielded 35 hits (29 singles, three doubles, two triples and one home run), issued 12 walks, hit four opposing batters and registered 40 strikeouts.

Batting average: Owen supplied a .077 average, thanks to one single in 14 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was 14th best on the Imlay City ballclub and 13th out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

He also collected one run, one walk and stole one base.

Postseason honors: Owen capped his initial season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team selection.

Name: Trevor Crean

School: Dryden

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Four

Record: Crean generated a 7-3 record, with a 2.66 ERA, during the 2007 campaign.

He retired 70 on strikes en route.

Batting average: Crean wound up second on the Dryden ballclub and among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .527 average.

He furnished 49 hits among 91 at bats.

Crean also notched his team's second best RBI total (27) plus supplied his squad's fifth highest stolen base output (30).

Postseason honors: Crean completed his fourth campaign on Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central Thumb League second team pick.

Name: Ryan Pitt

School: Imlay City

Year: Sophomore

Years on varsity: Two

Position: Pitcher

Throws: Righthanded

Record: Pitt notched a 4-2 mark, including a 1.91 ERA, this spring.

In 44 innings of work, Pitt yielded 26 singles (24 singles and two doubles), issued 19 walks, hit three opposing batters and wound up with 47 strikeouts.

Batting average: Pitt provided a .346 average, thanks to 19 singles, eight doubles and one home run in 81 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was second best on the Imlay City ballclub and 10th out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

He also sported a .484 on-base percentage, collected a team-high 29 RBI, amassed his squad's fourth best run output (17), waited out seven walks, was hit by a pitch on three occasions and stole one base.

Postseason honors: Pitt finished his second season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team choice.

Name: Chris Mousseau

School: Capac

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: Third base

Batting average: Mousseau provided a .434 average, thanks to 33 hits in 76 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was third best on the Capac ballclub and sixth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

He also contributed 17 RBI to Capac's cause.

Postseason honors: Mousseau ended his third season on Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention pick.

Name: Derek Dunlop

School: Dryden

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Two

Batting average: Dunlop wound up first on the Dryden ballclub and among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .555 average.

He managed 59 hits among 106 at bats.

Dunlop also swiped a team-high 73 bases and contributed nine RBI to Dryden's cause.

Postseason honors: He wrapped up his second campaign on Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central Thumb League first team selection.

Name: Jon Botwin

School: Capac

Year: Sophomore

Years on varsity: Two

Position: Shortstop

Batting average: Botwin wound up first on the Capac ballclub and fifth among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .444 average.

He managed 32 hits among 72 at bats.

Botwin also collected eight RBI.

Postseason honors: He closed out his second campaign on Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team choice.

Name: Andrew Malburg

School: Almont

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: Shortstop

Batting average: Malburg logged a .394 average, thanks to 21 singles, four doubles and one triple in 66 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was best on the Almont ballclub and eighth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

He also amassed his team's highest run total (19), tied for his squad's top walk output (10) plus ranked second on his team as far as RBI (11) and steals (five) were concerned.

In addition to those numbers, Malburg struck out just six times.

Postseason honors: Malburg finished his third season on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team selection.

Name: Neal Thompson

School: Imlay City

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: Shortstop

Batting average: Thompson wound up first on the Imlay City ballclub and ninth among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .385 average.

He generated 28 singles, six doubles and a triple among 91 at bats.

Thompson also wielded a .535 on-base percentage, logged a team-high 23 runs, provided his squad's second best RBI total (21), waited out seven walks, stole three bases and was hit by a pitch one time.

Postseason honors: He wrapped up his third campaign on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team pick.

Name: Steve DeCeuninck

School: Dryden

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Four

Position: Second base

Batting average: DeCeuninck produced a .450 average, thanks to 50 hits in 108 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was fifth best on the Dryden ballclub and fourth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

He also notched his team's highest RBI output (31) and contributed his squad's fourth best stolen base total (41).

Postseason honors: DeCeuninck capped his fourth season on Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central Thumb League first team choice.

Name: Rob Ladner

School: Dryden

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Four

Batting average: Ladner pulled up third on the Dryden ballclub and among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .486 average.

He furnished 51 hits among 105 at bats.

Ladner also notched his team's second highest steal output (51) plus supplied his squad's fourth best RBI total (21).

Postseason honors: He completed his fourth campaign on Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central Thumb League second team selection.

Name: Jim Hensley

School: Imlay City

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Two

Batting average: Hensley accumulated a .320 average, thanks to 24 singles, six doubles and a triple in 97 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was third best on the Imlay City ballclub and 11th out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

He also sported a .476 on-base percentage, provided his team's third highest run output (22), tied for his squad's fifth best RBI total (11), waited out six walks, stole five bases and was hit by a pitch on two occasions.

Postseason honors: Hensley wrapped up his third season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention pick.

Name: Chad Salswedel

School: Almont

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: First base

Batting average: Salswedel ranked second on the Almont ballclub and 12th among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .305 average during the 2007 campaign.

He supplied 13 singles and five doubles among 59 at bats.

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Capac shortstop Jon Botwin comes up throwing after fielding a ground ball during a game this past spring. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Salswedel also tied for his squad's top walk output (10), furnished his team's second highest run total (12) and collected six RBI.

Postseason honors: He concluded his third campaign on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team choice.

Second team- Brad Johnson, Almont; John Kotermanski, Capac; Frank Williamson, Capac; Brian Pietrzak, Capac; Jeff Chisholm, Dryden; Evan Crean, Dryden; Adam Hoffa, Almont; Eric Vasquez, Imlay City; and Ron Heikkila, Almont;

Coach of the Year- Allan Ferrett, who directed Dryden to a 22-10 overall mark and a district title, earns Tri-City Times All-Area Coach of the Year honors.

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