Minster, New Bremen Grab MAC Honors

Staff Writer

The Minster Wildcats and New Bremen Cardinals baseball and softball teams were heavily represented in the All-Midwest Athletic Conference teams that were announced Tuesday afternoon.

Here is a breakdown of the All-MAC selections for each sport.

SOFTBALL:

The 2018 MAC champion Wildcats finished the conference portion of their season with a perfect 7-0 record to claim their first title since 2014, naming head coach Robb Hemmelgarn the MAC Coach of the Year. Parkway's Haley Hawk was named the conference's Player of the Year.

Minster had four first-team selections: Taylor Homan, Jenna Poeppelman, Karly Richard and Emma Schmiesing. Minster also had one second-team selection in Alice Schmiesing and an Honorable Mention player in Danielle Barhorst.

In 24 games played, Homan is batting .500 with three home runs, a team-high 30 RBIs, 36 runs scored and a slugging percentage of .792. Poeppelman is batting .348 with 13 RBIs and 12 runs scored, but as a pitcher, the junior has thrown in 125 innings, in 20 games started, with a 16-6 record, 118 strikeouts and a 2.74 ERA.

As a leadoff hitter, Richard batted .447 with 16 RBIs and a team-high 31 runs scored, while Emma Schmiesing batted .338 with 16 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

Alice Schmiesing batted .420 with 18 RBIs and 19 runs scored and Barhorst finished with a .346 clip at the plate, with two home runs, 24 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

New Bremen had two All-MAC First-Team selections in Kelly Naylor and Molly Smith as well as Hanna Tenkman and Marissa Topp as Honorable Mention honorees. 

Naylor is batting .500 with three home runs, 20 RBIs and 24 runs scored while Smith is batting .420 and is 4-6 in 10 starts with a 3.77 ERA as a pitcher in 55 and two-third innings pitched.

Tenkman batted .477 with 24 RBIs and 19 runs scored and Topp has racked up 19 RBIs and scored 16 times.

BASEBALL: 

Minster and New Bremen racked up a combined 12 All-MAC selections for baseball with both schools notching two first-team selections each.

Nick Thwaits of Fort Recovery was named the MAC Player of the Year and the conference's Coach of the Year honors was split between Fort Recovery's Jerry Kaup and St. Henry's John Dorner.

Minster's Austin Brown and Alex Lehmkuhl earned first-team honors, while New Bremen's Luke Vonderhaar and Ryan Bertke earned honors for the Cardinals.

Earning second-team was Minster's Jared Huelsman and Isaac Schmiesing and for New Bremen, Grant Selby and Justin Tenkman.

Minster's Jack Heitbrink, Jack Olberding and Austin Shinabery and New Bremen Mitchell Hays were named to the conference's Honorable Mention team.

New Knoxville's Nathan Tinnerman was named to the All-MAC Honorable Mention team.

Lehmkuhl led Minster with a .443 batting average with 19 RBIs and 23 runs scored, while Brown started six games on the mound with a 5-1 record in 40 innings pitched and a 1.40 ERA.

Huelsman batted .422 with 24 RBIs and 22 runs scored, while Schmiesing batted .343 with a team-high 28 runs scored and 13 RBIs.

Shinabery is batting batting .375, while Olberding has a clip of .286 at the plate. As a pitcher, Heitbrink is 5-1 in seven starts with one complete game in 30 and one-third innings pitched and an ERA of 2.77.

Vonderhaar, an All-Ohio selection a year ago, leads the team with a .479 batting average, including seven doubles, three home runs and 30 runs scored. He also has 25 RBIs, second to Bertke's 26 RBIs. Bertke is batting .424 and is second behind Vonderhaar with two home runs. As a pitcher, Bertke has a 3-2 record.

Selby is batting .390 at the plate and 20 RBIs and Tenkman has a clip of .370 with 17 runs scored. Tenkman is also 4-0 on the mound.

Hays is second on the team with 23 runs scored and has stolen a team-high 12 bases.

Tinnerman batted .342 with four RBIs and eight runs scored.