Bucs Adelman Named Conference MVP, Chargers Merritt Earns Pitcher Of The Year 12 Jun 18

Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director

Border West junior Sam Adelman has been named the 2018 Pheasant Conference Most Valuable Player, while his coaches Mike Adelman and James Paul were named Co-Head Coaches of the Year. Brandon-Evansville senior Brandon Merrit earned Pitcher of the Year honors.

Adelman was a force at the plate and on the hill, batting .490 with 23 RBI’s and 19 runs scored. Adelman posted a .594 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging. On the hill Adelman had a spotless 7-0 record with a 1.95 ERA, allowing just 15 earned runs over 53.2 innings with 66 strikeouts and just five walks.

Coaches Mike Adelman and James Paul coached the Bucs to a conference championship, posting a 10-2 record after being dealt the task of dealing with the challenges that come with two merging schools. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley and Wheaton/Herman-Norcross decided to become a coop last summer.

Merritt anchored the Chargers pitching staff with some of the season top pitching performances including teaming up with Taylor Bitzan for a season opening no-hitter, tossing a complete game one-hitter against Hancock, and in perhaps his best performance of the year, nine shutout innings before surrendering a run in the tenth to Pelican Rapids, losing in the first round of the playoffs 1-0.

Merrit finished the year 6-4 with a 2.73 ERA, allowing just 18 earned runs over 46 innings, striking out 44 and walking eight. 

Border West led all teams with five all-conference selections, while West Central Area had four, Brandon-Evansville had three, Ortonville and Hancock had two each, there was one player from Ashby and Hillcrest Lutheran.

All-Conference
Sam Adelman (MVP)
Spencer Ellison
Matt Thielen
Nelson Schmidt
Nate Moberg

Ross Anderson
Isaiah Sykora
Levi Larkin
Trysten Gapp

Brandon Merritt (POTY)
Taylor Bitzen
Marshall Riedell

Nate Strong
Elijah Cloos

Zach Flaten
Peyton Rohloff

Christian Koefod

Nick Foss

 
Border West
Border West
Border West
Border West
Border West

West Central Area
West Central Area
West Central Area
West Central Area

Brandon-Evansville
Brandon-Evansville
Brandon-Evansville

Ortonville
Ortonville

Hancock
Hancock

Ashby

Hillcrest Luteran

 
Jr., P/SS
Jr., 1B
So., 3B/P
Jr., SS/P
Fr., 2B

Sr., C
Jr., 2B
Sr., SS
Sr., CF/P

Sr., P
Sr., C/P
So., OF/SS

Sr., SS/P
Sr., 3B/P

Sr., OF
Jr., P/1B

Sr., CF/P

Jr., SS/P

Honorable Mention
Bryce Hoffman
Hunter Johnson

Teigen Moritz
Tanner Bennett
Grant Beuckens

Gaven Jacobson
Jake Hintermeister
Nick Thorstad

Tyson Powell
Dexter Tweeter
Peter Treinen

Tanner Pahl
Montana Molden

Jaden Norby
Scott Johnson

Sam Ihrke

 
Border West
Border West

West Central Area
West Central Area
West Central Area

Brandon-Evansville
Brandon-Evansville
Brandon-Evansville

Ortonville
Ortonville
Ortonville

Hancock
Hancock

Ashby
Ashby

Hillcrest Lutheran

 
Sr., 3B
Jr., 2B

Jr., 1B/P
Jr., FR/P
Fr., OF/P

Jr., 1B
Sr., OF
Sr., 2B/P

Jr., SS/P
Sr., 1B/P
So., OF/C

Jr., 1B/P
Jr., P/DH

Fr., OF/P
Jr., 3B/P

Sr., C

Standings

Team
Border West
West Central Area
Brandon-Evansville
Ortonville
Hancock
Ashby
Hillcrest Lutheran

Conference
10-2
8-4
8-4
7-5
6-6
3-9
0-12