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  Schwagel earns All-Conference for WHN baseball  

Wheaton-Herman-Norcross senior pitcher-designated hitter Eric Schwagel was recently named to the 19-member All-Pheasant Conference baseball team for 2017.

Selected to the 12-member honorable mention team for 2017 were senior catcher Zackery Deal, and sophomore pitcher-shortstop Nelson Schmidt.

Schwagel was joined by five members of league-champion Ortonville, four from Brandon-Evansville, two each from Hancock, CGB, Hillcrest Academy, and West Central Area, and one from Ashby.

Hillcrest senior Sean McGuire was named the Most Valuable Player of the season, while Ortonville coach Jon Fellows was selected the Coach of the Year; Hancock pitcher Chandler Gramm was chosen as the Pitcher of the Year.

Ortonville won this year’s conference title with a 13-1 record and went on to place second to Parkers Prairie in the Section 6A Tourney.

Brandon-Evansville finished second in the league race with a 9-5 record, followed by Hancock (8-6), CGB, Hillcrest, and West Central Area (all 7-7), WHN (4-10), and Ashby (1-13).

Wins this season for the Warriors came against Cass Lake-Bena (8-3), Ashby (11-0), Ashby again (10-0), WCA (7-2), and Hillcrest (2-1).

Schwagel was 3-2 on the mound for the Warriors this season. He had a team-high 45 1/3 innings pitched and 52 strikeouts, and a team-best 2.29 ERA, allowing just 14 earned runs all year.

Schwagel also batted .467 this season, going 14-for-30 with 12 singles and two homeruns and was tied for the team lead in RBI with 10. Including his eight walks this season, he had an on-base percentage of over .500.

Zack Deal batted .236 with the second-most hits (13) and walks (13) for the Warriors, third-most RBI (9), and team-high two sacrifice flies. He was also 1-0 on the mound with an ERA of 3.89.

Schmidt batted .370 with a team-high 17 hits, and also 10 walks, seven stolen bases, four doubles, and eight runs scored. He had an on-base percentage of just under .500 and was also the second-best pitcher with a 3.61 ERA, 33 innings pitched, 29 strikeouts, and a 0-6 win-loss record.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s team are Eric Schwagel, Zackery Deal, Jake Hasbargen, and Isaac Wilson. Student managers were Briona Edwards and Tina Fuentes.

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