Diamond teams recollect on seasons
In the five years since Quinn Steiner has taken the helm, the team has gone 70-53, including a 16-9 record and a first South Central Conference championship in 2016.
The season was rehashed during Thursday night’s baseball/softball banquet at American Legion Post 554 building.
“Spring sports are the hardest to keep the kids motivated,” Steiner said.
But the team gelled well together and eventually managed to win 16 games with other possible wins wiped out by Mother Nature.
“This year, they played like a team and picked each other up,” Steiner said. “When we had runners in scoring position, we got key hits. and the defense was an 110 percent improvement from the previous year.”
The team also recognized Betty Bell, the widow of Bob Bell, one of the program’s true dedicated fans. The team presented Betty Bell with a plaque in recognition. Bob Bell died earlier this year before the season began.
Five made all-conference team including first team shortstop Baylee Hughes; second-team third baseman Sydney Cania and second team pitcher/infielder Alyssa DeSpain; and third-team outfielder Hannah Wilton and third-team catcher Emma Griffith.
The senior awards were given to all four seniors – Hughes, Wilton, Anessa Hart and Brittany Wiser – all whom played all four years with the program.
The 110 percent award was given to Griffith. Wilton was named most improved, while DeSpain and Hughes were co-MVPs.
The baseball team had an interesting season to say the least. They finished 10-18 but have some young talent coming up through the ranks that should lead to more positive results in the years to come.
Logan Ridenour resigned his position as head coach of the baseball team late in the season, replaced by Nathan Kuehnel. Together, he and assistant Jesse White kept the Cavies competitive in most games both at the varsity and the junior varsity levels.
In fact, perhaps the biggest win of the year came when they ended a 12-year, 29-game losing streak to county and conference rival Southwestern 4-3 in eight innings on May 2.
The team played Edwards County at the GCS Park in Sauget in late April. The Cavaliers lost a tight 2-0 decision to the Lions, who made it to the Class 1A sectional final.
The coaches thanked the boosters for the fine work they did this season as well, raising money for various events.
JV awards went to Andrew DeNeve for the 110 percent award; and Tyler Quarton for the Most Improved. Jeremy Frazier received the Golden Arm award and the MVP was Dryce Cunningham.
Varsity award winners included Colton Winters with the 110 percent award; Charlie Seals had the Most Improved Award; Jake Hannig had the Best Pitcher Award and Jake Carter was the MVP.
Hannig was named second-team all-conference outfielder and Jake Carter was first-team all-conference infielder.