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Times unveils its baseball 'Dream Team'



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June 18, 2008
TRI-CITY AREA — From the opening contest to the season finale, these players set themselves apart from the rest.

Here is a look at who earned a spot on this year's edition of The Tri-City Times All-Area baseball lineup and the numbers they amassed en route:

Name: Tom Ferrett

School: Dryden

Year: Senior

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Mark Owen Jr., of Imlay City, delivers a pitch to home plate this past spring. He finished the year with a 0.46 ERA.
Years on varsity: Four

Throws: Righthanded

Position: Pitcher

Record: Ferrett fashioned a 10-3 mark, with a 1.69 ERA, during the 2008 campaign.

He also struck out 110 batters and issued 19 walks.

Batting average: Ferrett took third on the Dryden ballclub and eighth among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .417 average.

He furnished 30 hits among 72 at bats.

Ferrett also logged his squad's highest steal total (50) and plus furnished 17 RBI.

Postseason honors: Ferrett wrapped up his fourth campaign on Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central League first team choice.

Name: Justin Pitt

School: Imlay City

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Three

Throws: Righthanded

Record: Pitt put together an 8-1 record, featuring a 1.28 ERA, during the 2008 campaign.

In 71 1/3 innings of work, Pitt yielded 29 hits, struck out 100 and issued 25 walks.

Batting average: Pitt furnished a .438 average, thanks to 32 singles, seven doubles and three triples in 96 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was third best on the Imlay City ballclub and fifth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

He also wielded a .530 on-base percentage, swiped a team-high 12 bases, produced his squad's second highest run total (31), notched his team's fourth highest RBI output (19), drew five walks and was hit by a pitch twice.

Postseason honors: Pitt ended his third season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team selection.

In addition to that honor, Pitt was named the recipient of his league's MVP Award.

Name: Mark Owen Jr.

School: Imlay City

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Two

Position: Pitcher

Throws: Righthanded

Record: Owen posted a 7-1 mark, with a miniscule 0.46 ERA, during the 2008 campaign.

In 46 innings of work, Owen allowed 29 hits, retired 39 via the strikeout route and issued 22 walks (none of which would go on to score).

Batting average: Owen took ninth on the Imlay City ballclub and 12th among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .242 average.

He supplied seven singles and one double among 33 at bats.

Owen also sported a .429 on-base percentage, collected seven RBI, scored six runs, drew two walks and stole one base.

Postseason honors: Owen finished his second campaign on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team pick.

Name: Evan Crean

School: Dryden

Year: Junior

Position: Catcher

Batting average: Crean generated a .456 average, thanks to 36 hits among 79 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was best on the Dryden ballclub and second out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team accolades this spring.

He also contributed his team's second highest RBI output (24), drew nine walks and was hit by a pitch once.

Postseason honors: Crean completed his second season on Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central Thumb League first team choice.

Name: Ryan Pitt

School: Imlay City

Year: Junior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: Catcher

Batting average: Pitt took fourth on the Imlay City ballclub and seventh among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .424 average during the 2008 campaign.

He provided 28 singles, eight doubles and three home runs in 92 at bats.

Pitt also sported a .547 on-base percentage, furnished a team-high 34 RBI, tied for his team's second highest walk output (13), generated his squad's fourth best run total (29), stole two bases and was hit by a pitch once.

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

Name: Jon Botwin

School: Capac

Year: Junior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: Shortstop

Batting average: Botwin managed a .404 average, thanks to 21 hits among 52 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was best on the Capac ballclub and ninth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

He also provided his squad's highest run (15) and walk (12) outputs and collected three RBI.

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

Name: Blaine Goertler

School: Imlay City

Year: Junior

Years on varsity: Two

Position: Two

Batting average: Goertler tied for first on the Imlay City ballclub and ranked tied for third among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .440 average this spring.

He furnished 30 singles and 10 doubles in 91 at bats.

Goertler also supplied a .589 on-base percentage, accumulated his team's highest run (39) and walk (15) outputs, tied for his squad's second best steal total (seven), tied for his team's ninth highest RBI total (eight) and was hit by a pitch once.

In addition to those numbers, Goertler struck out just seven times.

Postseason honors: Goertler closed his second campaign on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention choice.

Name: Jeff Chisholm

School: Dryden

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Four

Position: First base

Batting average: Chisholm generated a .427 average, thanks to 35 hits among 82 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was second highest on the Dryden ballclub and sixth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

He also contributed his squad's highest RBI output (30) drew six walks and was hit by a pitch once.

Postseason honors: Chisholm watched his fourth season on Dryden's varsity wind down as an All-North Central Thumb League first team selection.

Name: Devon Wiegers

School: Imlay City

Year: Junior

Years on varsity: Two

Position: First base

Batting average: Wiegers tied for first on the Imlay City ballclub and ranked tied for third among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .440 average during the 2008 campaign.

He finished with 35 singles and 13 doubles in 109 at bats.

Wiegers also managed a .543 on-base percentage, notched his squad's second highest run (32) and RBI (32) totals, provided his team's fourth best steal output (five), tied for his squad's fifth highest walk total (six) and was hit by a pitch once.

In addition to those honors, Wiegers struck out just four times.

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

Name: Pat Russell

School: Almont

Year: Sophomore

Years on varsity: One

Position: Outfield

Batting average: Russell supplied a .488 average, thanks to 21 hits among 43 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was best on the Almont ballclub and out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

He also managed his squad's highest steal output (seven), tied for his team's third best RBI total (seven), generated his squad's fifth best run output (six) and drew four walks.

Postseason honors: Russell ended his first season on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team choice.

Name: Ryan Baker

School: Imlay City

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Two

Position: Outfield

Batting average: Baker took fifth on the Imlay City ballclub and 10th among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .366 average during the 2008 campaign.

He had 32 hits in 87 at bats.

Baker also wielded a .536 on-base percentage, notched his team's third highest RBI outpu (22), registered his squad's fifth highest run total (19), tied for his team's fifth best run walk output (six), was hit by a pitch four times and stole one base.

Postseason honors: He finished his second campaign on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention selection.

Name: Tom Brys

School: Capac

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: One

Position: Outfield

Batting average: Brys generated a .283 average, thanks to 15 hits in 53 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was fourth best on the Capac ballclub and 11th out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this spring.

He also collected his team's highest RBI output (11), supplied his squad's fourth highest run total (five) and drew a pair of walks.

Postseason honors: Brys finished his initial campaign on Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team selection.

Second team- Kevin Ahrens, Imlay City; Steve Lesniak, Imlay City; Eric Harbin, Imlay City; Nathan Forrest, Dryden; Josh Pridemore, Dryden; Nathan Forrest, Dryden; Steve Mack, Almont; Chris May, Almont; Vern Wilson, Capac; and Justin Kurzynski, Capac.

Coach of the Year- Mark Owen Sr., who directed Imlay City to a regional semifinal appearance, a district title, a pacesetting 12-2 Blue Water Area Conference showing and a 22-9 overall mark, earns Tri-City Times All-Area Coach of the Year honors.

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