Esky, Gladstone baseball earn plethora of All-Conference honors

Escanaba senior Eli Gardner makes a throw to first base during a game against Gladstone on April 19, 2024 at Al Ness Field. (“The Big Dog” Mitch Vosburg/Daily Press)

ESCANABA –Baseball coaches of the Great Northern Conference voted on regular season awards and honors earlier this week.

Escanaba and Gladstone both came away with their fair share of honors.

Esky infielder Eli Gardner earned places in the GNC All-Defensive Dream Team and GNC First Team lists. Gardner boasts a .259 batting average, a .442 on-base percentage and committed four errors in 23 games. Gladstone senior John Soderman and junior Casey Alworden also earned All-Defensive Dream Team and First-Team honors.

Soderman wielded a .263 batting average with 17 RBI and has three errors to his name for a fielding percentage of .923 in 25 games.

Alworden is batting .411 with an on-base percentage of .577 and an OPS of 1.029 with 31 stolen bases on 34 attempts and has a fielding percentage of .967 off three errors.

Escanaba also had three players earned First-Team All-GNC honors.

Senior infielder Ben Johnson cracked the list with a .310 batting average, a .410 on-base percentage and was 21-of-21 on stolen base attempts.

Sophomore pitcher Lennox Peacock also earned First-Team honors. Peacock is 2-4 with a 4.10 ERA with 37 strikeouts. He allowed three earned runs off eight hits with five walks and 16 strikeouts in 11 innings against GNC foes.

Freshman Mikaiden Hughes also earned First-Team honors. Hughes is batting .324 with an OPS of .880, a home run and 20 RBI, drawing 14 walks and striking out 19 times. He also boasts a fielding percentage of .984, committing two errors with his last coming on April 24 against Kingsford.

The Braves also had their fair shard of First-Team honorees besides Soderman and Alworden.

Junior infielder Gavin Frossard cracked the list. He leads the Braves with a .424 batting average, .530 slugging percentage and 1.042 OPS while committing three errors throughout the season.

Senior Rex Kelly earned First-Team honors for his efforts in the outfield. Kelly owns a .391 batting average, a .475 on-base percentage and an OPS of .910 and is 7-for-7 on stolen base attempts and possesses a fielder percentage of .931.

Junior Isaac Ketchum joins Peacock as the lone two First-Team pitchers. Ketchum is 3-1 with a 1.46 ERA, allowing six earned runs off 18 hits with 23 strikeouts and nine walks across 28 2/3 innings of work in 2024.

Provided below is the entire list of award and honor recipients:

GNC All Defensive Dream Team

(*=Gold Glove winner)

Gold Glove winners: P Isaac Sarles, Sr Marquette*; P Gavin Trevillian, Jr Kingsford*; Catcher Jack Kriegl, So, Kingsford*; IF Nick Pantti, Sr Marquette*; IF Garrett Brown, Jr Kingsford*; IF Casey Alworden, Jr Gladstone; IF Eli Gardner, Sr Escanaba; OF, Gavin Grondin, Jr Kingsford; OF Landon Bardowski, Sr Menominee; OF John Soderman, Sr Gladstone

GNC First Team

IF Ben Johnson, Sr Escanaba; IF Eli Gardner, Sr Escanaba; IF Joey Weber, Jr Kingsford; IF Garret Brown Jr Kingsford; IF Gavin Frossard, Jr Gladstone; IF Casey Alworden, Jr Gladstone; IF Nick Pantti, Sr Marquette; OF Gib Jzewski, Jr Marquette; OF Gavin Grondin, Jr Kingsford; OF Landon Bardowski, Sr Menominee; OF John Soderman, Sr Gladstone; OF Rex Kelly, Sr Gladstone; P Lenox Peacock, Sh Escanaba; P Isaac Ketchum, Jr Gladstone; Catcher Mikaiden Hughes, Fr Escanaba; Catcher Jack Kriegl, S0 Kingsford

GNC Second Team

IF Ian Sheltrow, Jr Marquette; IF Jonah Doenier, Fr Kingsford; IF Cooper Sanville, Fr Gladstone; IF Gable Buck, Sr Menominee; IF Chase Cloutier, Sr Escanaba; IF Aiden McCullom, Sr Marquette; OF Nolan Hendrickson, Jr Kingsford; OF Nate Young, Sr Gladstone; OF Torin Davis, Sr Menominee; OF Brody Ison, Fr Escanaba; OF Brody Caster, Sr Marquette; OF Jake Toyras, Jr Maruette; P Cannon Arnt, So Escanaba; P Trevor Thorbahn, Sh Gladstone

Honorable Mention

Garret Carlson, So Menominee; Chase Niemi, Jr Marquette; Halen McCullom, So Marquette; Wyatt Scott, Sr Kingsford; Cam Gauthier, Jr Menominee; Dillian Beal, Fr Menominee; Nolan Bink, So Escanaba; Jan van den Ende, Sr Marquette

Team of the Year: Kingsford

Coach of the Year: Joe Kriegl and Staff

Offensive Player of Year: Bon LaChance, Sr Escanaba; Andres Finley, Jr Kingsford

Pitcher of the Year: Isaac Sarles, Sr Marquette; Gavin Trevillian, Jr. Kingsford


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