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Lynnville-Sully baseball, softball players recognized by SICL coaches

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 10:46 a.m. CDT

Thirteen is a good number for Lynnville-Sully’s softball and baseball teams. That is how many of the Hawk athletes were recognized by South Iowa Cedar League coaches for 2014 all-league honors.

Five-time South Iowa Cedar League softball champion Lynnville-Sully landed nine players in spots on the first team, second team and in honorable mention. The Hawks dominated the SICL schedule, going 20-0.

Lynnville-Sully’s softball team had three unanimous selections among its five first-team spots. Two Hawk players were named to the first team and two earned honorable mention. Lynnville-Sully head coach Stacey Alberts was named SICL coach of the year.

The Hawk baseball team had a turn-around season going from five wins in 2013 to a 12-11 overall mark in 2014. Lynnville-Sully’s baseball team went 10-10 in conference play and had four players earn postseason honors.

Lynnville-Sully’s softball team qualified for the 2014 state softball tournament, placing fifth for the second year in a row in Class 1A. The SICL baseball champion BGM, qualified for the Class 1A state baseball tournament, which concluded Saturday.

Baseball

Senior T.J. Cunningham claimed All-SICL first team honors as an infielder. He played first base for the Hawks with a .982 fielding average and had two errors.

Cunningham led the team with a .379 batting average and with 19 RBIs. He had 25 singles, four doubles, one triple and three home runs. He scored 19 runs.

Caleb James, a junior, was named to the conference second team as a utility player. James played shortstop and pitched for the Hawks. He went 4-0 on the mound, allowing 19 hits, walking 11 batters and striking out nine. James had a .907 fielding average with seven errors.

James was a .297 hitter with 19 singles, one double and one home run. He drove in 10 runs and scored 21 runs.

Garnering SICL honorable mention were senior second baseman Payton Scandridge and senior catcher Brandon Dunsbergen. Dunsburgern had a .977 fielding average and three errors defensively while Scandridge had eight errors with a .840 fielding average.

Offensively, Scrandridge hit .292 with 21 singles and one double with nine RBIs and 15 runs scored. Dunsbergen hit .257 with 19 singles, four doubles and one triple. He scored a team-leading 24 runs while driving in eight. Dunsbergen was 10-for-10 on stolen base attempts.

Cunningham, Dunsbergen, Scandridge, James, Caleb Vander Molen, Lucas Smith, Sage Ehresman, Ryan Hofer, Dylan Rozenboom and Tyler Van Zante represented Lynnville-Sully on the South Iowa Cedar League Academic All-League baseball team.

Softball

Junior Madison Rasmusson was the unanimous selection as All-SICL pitcher. And her battery mate, senior Becca Vos, was a unanimous selection as all-league catcher. Junior shortstop Shelby Davis was a unanimous selection as an infielder and senior second baseman Jade Van Rees earned first-team honors as an infielder. Sophomore Kasiah Ehresman garnered first-team honors as a utility player.

Claiming second-team league honors were senior first baseman Shaylin Lukehart as an infielder and senior left fielder Kristal Beyer as an outfielder. Earning honorable mention were freshman third baseman Brenna Lanser and junior right fielder Riley Rockwell.

Rasmusson was one of the top pitchers in all of Class 1A in 2014. She finished 36-2 in the pitching circle with a 0.86 earned run average. She allowed 151 hits, walked 29 and hit two batters. Rasmusson notched 186 strikeouts.

Lynnville-Sully had the top three hitters of the SICL in Rasmusson, Ehresman and Davis. Lanser was seventh on the league. Rasmusson and Ehresman were second and third in overall batting among Class 1A hitters.

Rasmusson and Ehresman were the Hawks 1-2 leadoff punch offensively. Ehresman led the team with a .564 batting average with 62 singles, one double and nine RBIs as the designated hitter. She was 61-for-64 on stolen base attempts and second 55 runs.

Rasmusson was a .481 hitter with 63 singles, seven doubles, eight triples and four home runs. She scored a team-leading 59 runs and drove in 24 runs. Rasmusson also was 48-for-50 on stolen base attempts.

Vos and Davis were Lynnville-Sully’s RBI leaders. Davis drove in a team-leading 49 runs, which was fifth in Class 1A. Vos had 45 RBIs on the season. 

Davis led the team with six home runs as she hit .410 with 43 singles, six doubles and four triples, plus scored 43 runs. She was perfect (28-for-28) on stolen base attempts. Vos was a .363 hitter with 41 singles, one triple and a team-leading 14 doubles.

Vos’ .978 fielding average from behind the plate was seventh-best in Class 1A and she had five errors on the season. Rasmusson had a .964 fielding average with four errors while Davis made 11 errors at shortstop with a .878 fielding average.

Van Rees was a .339 hitter as the team’s second baseman. She had 37 singles, five double and two home runs. She drove in 21 runs and scored 26 runs. Her fielding average was .953 with four errors.

Lukehart connected for 36 singles, 10 doubles and one home run with a .327 batting average. She had 25 RBIs and scored 12 runs. At first base, she had a .974 fielding average with seven errors.

Beyer patrolled left field for the Hawks with a .960 fielding average with one error. She was a .273 hitter with 27 singles and three doubles. Beyer had nine RBIs.

Lanser was the team’s third baseman with a .865 fielding average with 12 errors. She batted .280 with 26 singles, four dobules and two triples. She also drew a team-leading 17 walks. Lanser scored 28 runs, drove in 16 runs and had 12 stolen bases on 14 attempts.

Rockwell posted a .938 fielding average as the starting right fielder for the Hawks. She had two errors.

As Lynnville-Sully head coach, Alberts guided the Hawks to their fifth consecutive South Iowa Cedar League championship in 2014. She is 198-98 in her nine years at the helm of the Lynnville-Sully program. 

Alberts along with assistant coaches Scott Alberts, Abby VanWyk and Morgan Blom guided the Hawks to their fourth state tournament appearance in five years.The Hawks claimed fifth place at state in 2013 and 2014.

Rasmusson, Davis, Vos and Ehresman received Class 1A All-South Central District honors from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Last week the IGCA announced is 2014 All-State Softball Teams. Rasmusson and Ehresman earned Class 1A All-State first team honors while Davis was named to the second team, Vos to the third team and Van Rees earned honorable mention.

Contact Sports Editor Jocelyn Sheets at (641) 792-3121 Ext. 6535 or jsheets@newtondailynews.com.

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