THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mergener Brothers Share Baseball Co-MVP Award
Posting a perfect readout, champion Coleman dominated the M-O baseball all-conference squad with six selections to the first team.
Sporting a plush 241-114 career record in 17 years as the head man, coach Kent Casper saw the brother act of Mike and Mason Mergener share the MVP award to key a 10-0 conference championship and the eventual Division 4 state crown (28-1).
People know what kind of players we had and it wasnt just one or two guys that we relied on. A lot of our boys had better overall batting averages than what they hit in conference play. In my 17 years as coach, I have never seen a team like this. All of our players were outstanding and really worked at doing what was best for the team, Casper remarked.
Senior shortstop Mike Mergener swatted enemy pitching at a .515 clip with 14 RBIs and numerous defensive gems.
Meanwhile younger brother Mason, who was last years MVP, did it with his arm and bat. On the mound, Mason recorded a 4-0 record and gave up just three total runs, one earned, during 22 innings of work. He fanned 24, yielded 11 hits and walked 13. At the plate, he boasted a .584 batting average with 15 RBIs.
During the year Mike came up with some huge hits for us and was a steady force at shortstop. Mason shut people down and was our number three hitter, Casper said.
Joining the brothers on the first team was the conferences only unanimous selection in Coleman senior catcher Jake Engels. The hard nosed Engels paced the M-O with a .603 batting mark and drove in 12 runs.
Other first team Cougars were infielder Mitch Mergener and outfielder Mitch Champagne, both seniors, along with junior pitcher Derek Marquardt.
Jake was the top hitter in conference play and versatile enough to play a number of different positions for us. Most teams not only feared Champagne because of his bat, but also his speed. He made a number of great plays in the outfield and was a phenomenal hitter, Casper said. Mitch Mergener did the things necessary to help us win. He finally got 100% during the last half of the season and provided plenty of leadership and pitching down the stretch.
Marquardt put together some incredible conference numbers with a 5-0 record, no earned runs, 8 hits, 17 walks and 33 strikeouts over 23 innings.
A quartet of players from Wausaukees runner-up team earned starting berths... infielders Austin Carter, Brett Edlbeck, Beau DeLaet and outfielder Cole Lewandowski.
Peshtigo outfielder Joey Sparks rounded out the first team.
The second team consisted of pitchers Zach Neumann of Peshtigo and DeLaet, catcher Cody Nielson of Peshtigo, infielders Parker DeLosSanto and Jake Sawinski from Crivitz, Trevor Bero of Peshtigo and Colemans Trevor Bushmaker and Trevor Seewald.
The second team outfield was manned by Colemans Lucas Markiewicz, AJ Garcia of Crivitz and Brad Mueller, Gillett.