Anderson, Mathiowetz lead All-Journal team

First Team

Shawn Anderson, P, Senior, Springfield

Anderson was a dominant pitcher throughout the season for the Tigers. He was 10-0 and struck out 63 batters in 58 innings of work. He allowed just three earned runs and walked only six batters. Three times this year had a perfect game going into the final inning, only to end up with a one-hitter. Anderson was 3-0 in the playoffs and didn’t give up a run and had a 0.36 ERA on the season.

Sean Mathiowetz, SS/P, Senior,

St. Marys

Mathiowetz was a four-year starter for the Knights and has been a leader every year. He contributed 26 runs on 37 hits with 21 RBI and .425 batting average in his senior season. He was also dominant on the mound with a 3-2 record and a 1.91 ERA. He finished his career with a total of 95 runs, 114 hits, 77 RBI and a .395 batting average. Mathiowetz is an All-Conference Player for the past three seasons, and this year was named Tomahawk Conference Player of the Year this year. He was also picked to play in the Lion’s All-Star games on June 21-22.

Isaac Kirschstein, P, Senior, Springfield

Kirschstein and teammate Shawn Anderson were one of the top pitching combinations in the state this season. Kirschstein had a 7-3 record and pitched 53 innings while striking out 52 batters. His opponents batting average was .133 when he was on the mound.

Jordan Anderson, 1B/P, Senior,

St. Marys

Anderson, a three-year starter, was the leadoff hitter for the Knights. He was 5-1 on the mound this past year with a 1.73 ERA and 41 strikeouts. He also hit .412 at the plate. In his career as a Knight, he contributed 57 runs with 66 hits, 35 of them being in his senior season. He had 18 RBI for a career total of 33, and great speed on the bases with 12 stolen bases on the year with a career total of 19. He was an All-Conference pick the past two seasons.

Jake Menage, C, Senior,


Menage was one of the best catchers around this season. He threw out 10 of 13 potential base stealers and at the plate he hit .441 with 31 RBI. He scored 23 runs and had 19 stolen bases as the Tigers made it to the Section 3A title game.

Seth Guetter, P/SS, Senior, Wabasso

Guetter got the Wabasso line-up going from the lead-off spot, finishing the season with a .375 batting average, seven doubles and six RBI. He scored 14 runs and was 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts. On the mound, he had a 1.40 ERA and 34 strikeouts. The Rabbits team MVP was a four-year starter and a team captain. He was a unanimous selection to the All-Tomahawk Conference team.

Cooper Scheffler, SS, Junior, Springfield

Scheffler was the leadoff hitter for the Tigers this season. He hit .446 with 29 hits and drew 22 walks. While on base he stole 22 bases and scored 35 runs.

Chase Meyer, P/OF, Junior,

New Ulm

On the mound, Meyer was 4-2, with 29 strikeouts for the Eagles. He hit .389 and had eight doubles and one triple with 19 RBI. His slugging percentage was .574 and he was named All-Conference in the South Central Conference this year.

Tanner Kluis, 2B/P, Junior,

New Ulm

Kluis hit .315, contributed eight RBI and scored 16 runs. On the mound, he was 4-1 with 25 strikeouts and a 1.48 ERA. He was named All-Conference in the SCC this year.

Second Team

Rick Jensen, Pitcher, Senior, MVL

Jensen was the Charger’s ace this season. He pitched nearly 70 innings and posted a 5-4 record. He struck out 42 batters while walking 16.

David Surprenant, OF/P,

Sophomore, St. Marys

Surprenant had a great year at the plate for the Knights. He scored 24 runs on 35 hits. He knocked in 25 RBI with a .473 batting average, and was named as an All-Conference pick this year. He will be utilized at the pitching position more over his next two years.

John Mangen, C/P, Senior,

Sleepy Eye

Mangen put his team on his back and helped a winless team from his junior year improve to 7-9 his senior year. He led his team with a .377 average and had 20 hits including five doubles and one triple while driving in 13 runs. He also had 11 stolen bases. On the mound, Mangen pitched 38 innings and struck out 54 batters while posting a 2.19 ERA and a 2-5 record.

Brody Rodning, P, Junior,

Sibley East

Rodning has been a dominating pitcher for the Wolverines the past two seasons. He was 4-0 on the mound with 50 strikeouts and a 0.58 ERA during the weather-shortened season. He was named Minnesota River Conference pitcher of the year and All-Conference two years in a row.

Mason Clark, 3B/P, Senior, BLHS

Clark had a very impressive four-year career with the Mustangs and was the MVP of his team this season. He hit .500 on the season and had 27 hits including 10 doubles while driving in 19 runs. On the mound, he pitched 36 innings and posted a 2.50 ERA and a 2-3 record while striking out 39 batters.

Kolten Pingeon, SS/C, Junior, GFW

Pingeon was named unanimously a Tomahawk All Conference player and Most Improved Player for his team. He batted .341 for the Thunderbirds with 14 hits, 13 RBI and nine stolen bases. He had a .921 fielding percentage.

Tyler Mielke, 1B, Senior, MVL

Mielke had a very solid career with the Chargers. He was voted the team’s best offensive player award and he was second on the team with a .350 average. He had 21 hits, including two doubles and six RBI along with eight stolen bases.

Brandon Helget, 2B/SS,

Sophomore, St. Marys

Helget hit .395 in the No. 3 spot for the Knights this season. He had 26 runs on 32 hits and leading the team in doubles with 11. He stole 10 bases and had 26 RBI for the Knights.

Josh Kienlen, P, Senior,

New Ulm Cathedral

Kienlen was Cathedral’s most improved player this season, and a very reliable hitter with a .592 on base percentage. He led the team in stolen bases with 21, and only committed two errors all season. On the mound, he was very reliable relief pitcher with two saves and a win.

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