Our selection process
Coaches from all five area baseball teams (Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton, Upsala-Swanville Area and Holdingford) were asked to nominate players from their team that they believed deserved to be named to the nine-player all-area team (at least one pitcher, one catcher, four infielders and three outfielders), including their accomplishments from during the season. Coaches were also asked to list players they believed deserved to be considered for honorable mention recognition.
Criteria used to select the best possible candidates for the nine-member 2019 Record All-Area baseball team were: postseason and regular season performance, strength of competition, strength of team played on, consistency, contributions toward team success, position and coaches’ input.
Players that were considered but not named to the nine-player team were given honorable mention distinction.
The All-Prairie Conference catcher had a strong junior season at the plate. He hit .375 with a .500 on-base percentage and slugged .611. He led the Royals with 25 RBIs, scored 22 times and hit two homers.
Senior, Little Falls
Batted No. 2 in a Flyers lineup that advance to the Class 3A State Tournament. He had a .368 on-base percentage with 18 runs and 14 RBIs. He also pitched 41 1/3 innings, striking out 45.
As a shortstop, the USA freshman committed only three errors. As a hitter batted .364 with a .494 on-base percentage. He scored 18 runs and drove in 14 more, and only struck out four times in 66 at-bats. He was 7-2 with a 2.54 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 41 1/3 on the mound.
Koetter was the offensive leader for a 15-win Patriots team and played catcher, first base and DH. He hit .417 with a .545 on-base percentage, one home run and a team-best 26 RBIs.
Junior, Little Falls
The Record Player of the Year was a go-to player for the Section 8-3A Champs. He went 6-2 with a 1.62 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings on the mound. He hit .400 with a .535 on-base percentage and two homers, 21 runs scored and 18 RBIs. He also swiped 12 bags and played strong shortstop.
Leibold had an area-best .79 ERA with a .81 WHIP and a 7-1 record. He struck out 54 batters in 53 innings. Most impressively he did not allow a single home run and only walked five batters. Offensively he drove in 18 runs for the Royals and was all-conference.
Schommer did a little of everything for the Pioneers, playing multiple positions and being the ace of the pitching staff. Threw a no-hitter early in the season and finished 6-1 with a 1.41 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings. He also hit .338/.437 with 22 runs, 14 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
Playing mostly catcher and outfield, Kapsner was the leadoff hitter for the Section 6AA runner-up Pioneers. He hit .329 with a .485 on-base percentage. He scored 24 runs, drove in 14 more and stole 10 bases. He also came in and pitched 13 1/3 innings, and had a 1.05 ERA and 13 strikeouts.
Girtz was the offensive leader for the Pioneers, hitting .402 with a .485 on-base percentage and a .573 slugging percentage. He had an area-best 27 runs scored. Girtz drove in 17 runs on 10 extra-base hits (four triples) and stole 13 bases.
Jack Suska, senior, Pierz
Jonah Prokott, sophomore, Pierz
Austin Dickmann, senior, Pierz
Mason Dempsey, senior, Little Falls
Sam Nagel, senior, Little Falls
Thomas Kunkel, senior, Little Falls
Haden Chuba, sophomore, USA
Nathan Graves, junior, USA
Brady Brezinka, sophomore, Royalton
Carter Petron, sophomore, Royalton
Jake Ethen, junior, Holdingford
Andrew Hanson, senior, Holdingford