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Tri-City Times All-Area baseball squad offers abundance of skills



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June 17, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — From the opening pitch to the last, 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 generated en route:

Name: Ryan Pitt

School: Imlay City

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Imlay City catcher Devon Wiegers dives after a popup during a BWAC game this past spring. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Four

Position: Pitcher/Third base

Throws: Righthanded

Record: Pitt produced a 6-0 mark, featuring a 0.59 ERA, this spring.

In 35 2/3 innings of work, Pitt gave up 13 hits, issued 14 walks and contributed 69 strikeouts.

Batting average: Pitt logged a .442 average, thanks to 16 singles, six doubles and five home runs in 83 at bats. His level of plate proficiency was fourth best on the Imlay City ballclub and seventh out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

He also tied for his squad's highest RBI output (25), furnished his team's fourth best run total (28), amassed his squad's fourth highest RBI output (25), plus stole a pair of bases.

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

Name: Jon Botwin

School: Capac

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Four

Position: Pitcher/Short-stop

Record: Botwin wound up with three wins and 49 strikeouts during the 2009 campaign.

Batting average: He ranked first on the Capac ballclub and among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .561 average during the 2009 campaign.

He managed 35 basehits among 62 at bats.

Botwin also contributed his squad's highest run output (22).

Postseason honors: He finished his fourth campaign with Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team choice and All-Blue Water Area honorable mention selection.

Name: Cody Paupert

School: Dryden

Year: Junior

Position: Shortstop

Batting average: Paupert ranked first on the Dryden ballclub and third among Tri-City Times All-Area honorees with a .492 average during the 2009 campaign.

He generated 19 singles, nine doubles, one triple and one home run in 61 at bats.

Paupert also tied amassed his team's highest run total (25) and tied for his squad's second highest RBI output (16).

Postseason honors: Paupert ended his second season on Dryden's varsity as an All-North Central Thumb League first team pick.

Name: Blaine Goertler

School: Imlay City

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: Pitcher/Shortstop

Record: Goertler forged a 3-1 mark, featuring a 1.08 ERA, this spring.

In 39 innings of work, Goertler gave up 20 hits, issued 25 walks and contributed 55 strikeouts.

Batting average: Goertler supplied a .441 average, thanks to 28 singles, nine doubles, two triples and two home runs in 104 at bats. His level of plate proficiency ranked fifth on the Imlay City ballclub and eighth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

He also produced tied for his squad's highest walk output (nine), notched his squad's third highest run total (31), tied for his team's fourth highest RBI output (19), swiped six bases and was hit by a pitch once.

Postseason honors: Goertler completed his third season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team pick and an All-Blue Water Area second team choice.

Name: Devon Wiegers

School: Imlay City

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Three

Position: Pitcher/catcher

Throws: Righthanded

Record: Wiegers put together a 4-0 record, with a 2.74 ERA, during the 2009 campaign.

In 30 2/3 innings of work, Wiegers yielded 17 hits, issued 27 walks and retired 43 on strikes.

Batting average: Wiegers ranked first on the Imlay City ballclub and second among Tri-City Times All-Area honorees with a .521 average during the 2009 campaign.

He generated 36 singles, one double and one triple in 73 at bats.

Wiegers also notched his squad's highest run output (34), tied for his team's highest RBI (25) and walk (nine) totals, 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.

Wiegers shared his conference's Most Valuable Player accolades with Richmond's Bob Detkowski.

Name: Erik O'Connor

School: Almont

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: One

Position: Catcher

Batting average: O'Connor generated a .459 average, thanks to 18 singles, nine doubles and a triple in 61 at bats. His level of plate proficiency ranked second on the Almont ballclub and fifth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

He also wound up with a team-high 20 RBI, tied for his squad's fifth highest run total (11), notched his team's third highest steal output (eight) plus drew three walks.

Postseason O'Connor wrapped up his first season on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team choice and an All-Blue Water Area honorable mention pick.

Name: Mike Opificius

School: Capac

Year: Junior

Years on varsity: Two

Batting average: Opificius ranked fourth on the Capac ballclub and 10th among Tri-City Times All-Area honorees with a .409 average during the 2009 campaign.

He supplied 18 hits in 44 at bats.

Opificius also contributed his squad's fourth highest run output (seven).

Postseason honors: He wrapped up his second campaign on Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention pick.

Name: Burton Juengel

School: Almont

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Two

Batting average: Juengel managed a .475 average, thanks to 22 singles and six doubles in 59 at bats. His level of plate proficiency ranked first on the Almont ballclub and fourth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

He also generated his squad's sixth highest RBI output (10), swiped four bases, drew three walks and was hit by a pitch once.

Postseason honors: Juengel concluded his second year on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team selection and All-Blue Water Area honorable mention choice.

Name: Eric Harbin

School: Imlay City

Year: Sophomore

Years on varsity: Two

Position: Second base

Batting average: Harbin ranked third on the Imlay City ballclub and sixth among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees with a .445 average during the 2009 campaign.

He had 22 singles and eight doubles among 98 at bats.

Harbin struck out just three times.

He also drew his squad's highest walk output (17), logged his team's fifth highest run total (22), supplied his squad's seventh highest RBI output (17), was hit by a pitch twice and stole one base.

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

Name: Adam Van Dyk

School: Imlay City

Year: Senior

Years on varsity: Two

Position: Outfield

Batting average: Van Dyk notched a .425 average, thanks to 23 singles, five doubles, one triple and one home run in 87 at bats. His level of plate proficiency ranked sixth on the Imlay City ballclub and ninth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

He also contributed his squad's highest steal output (14), managed his team's second highest run total (32), amassed his squad's third highest RBI output (21), plus tied for his team's fourth highest walk total (eight).

Postseason honors: Van Dyk finished his second year on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team pick and All-Blue Water Area second team selection.

Second team- Cameron Lauwers, Capac; Matt Burgess, Capac; Jacob Zuby, Capac; Andrew Harbin, Imlay City; Alex Maldonado, Imlay City; Tyler Wiggins, Almont; Corey Downing, Almont; Pat Russell, Almont; Ryan Heikkila, Almont; Evan Hazen, Dryden; Josh Clark, Dryden; Evan Crean, Dryden; Nate Forrest, Dryden; and Austin Dunnigan, Dryden.

Coach of the Year- For directing Imlay City to a 22-6 overall mark, including a pacesetting 12-2 Blue Water Area Conference showing, John Forti earns Tri-City Times All-Area Coach of the Year honors.

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