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Baseball: Wingers pace the area with talent

Red Wing's Teddy Tauer. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 8
Pine Island's Joe Bauer. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 8
Cannon Falls' Hayden Strain. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 8
Lake City's Josh Matanich. Kyle Stevens / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 8
Red Wing's Teddy Lillico. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 8
Lake City's Drew Bailey. Kyle Stevens / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 8
Randolph's Andrew Wenstrom. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 8
Red Wing's Zach Harding. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 8

Teddy Tauer (Red Wing, sr., P/1B) Class AAA All-State, All-Big Nine Conference, All-Star Series, Republican Eagle Player of the Year (2017); .281 AVG, 25 H, 8 2B, 22 RBI, 16 R, 4-3, 1.62 ERA, 64 K, .976 FPCT.

From head coach Paul Hartmann: "Teddy was a model of consistency on the mound over four years, showed continued improvement at the dish, and was a fiery competitor that led by example his senior year. We will miss him tremendously. Four-year starter, captain."

Seth Yeatman (Red Wing, sr., 3B/SS) Class AAA All-Tournament, Republican Eagle Player of the Year, All-Big Nine Conference honorable mention (2017); .379 AVG, 33 H, 6 2B, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 19 R, 1-1, 2 SV, 0.72 ERA, 13 K, .897 FPCT.

From head coach Paul Hartmann: "We could have put Seth anywhere in the field and he would have been just fine. He hit .500 with runners in scoring position and led the team in RBI. He's a three-year starter for us."

Joe Bauer (Pine Island, sr., SS/P) All-Hiawatha Valley League, Class AA All-State, All-Star Series; .382 AVG, 21 H, 19 R, 8 RBI, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 15 SB, 5-2, 1.26 ERA, 30 K.

From head coach Josh Pederson: "Batting leadoff the entire season, Joe Bauer was the spark plug of our offense. When we needed a base runner on base, or a crucial RBI, Joe delivered. Joe also took on the bulk of the innings on the mound this season and forced batters to earn their way on bases as he only allowed three walks all season."

Hayden Strain (Cannon Falls, sr., OF/P) All-Hiawatha Valley League (2017, 2018), All-Section 1AA (2017), Class AA All-State, All-Star Series; .381 AVG, 24 H, 5 2B, 14 R, 8 SB, 2.07 ERA, 34 K.

From head coach Bucky Lindow: "Hayden had a tremendous career. He is second all time in the Bomber record books with a .415 career batting average and first all time with .700 QAB. Hayden is planning on playing baseball at Dakota County Technical College next year. He is a fine young man who represents Bomber baseball in a positive way."

Josh Matanich (Lake City, jr., 1B) All-Hiawatha Valley League; .400 AVG, 19 R, 29 RBI, 10 2B, 2 HR.

From head coach Perry Iberg: "Josh has been on varsity since his ninth-grade season. He has extremely quick hands, and when he was in a groove offensively, he was a very difficult out."

Teddy Lillico (Red Wing, sr., C) Class AAA All-Tournament; .338 AVG, 27 H, 3 2B, 13 RBI, 19 R, .993 FPCT.

From head coach Paul Hartmann: "Teddy is a model high school catcher who understands how to call a game and handle a pitching staff. He also showed tremendous growth as a senior at the plate. He had some huge at bats for us. We will miss him tremendously. Three-year starter, captain."

Drew Bailey (Lake City, sr., OF) All-Hiawatha Valley League, .333 AVG, 13 R, 12 RBI, 3 2B, 3 3B.

From head coach Perry Iberg: "Drew is a senior captain and this was his third year on varsity. He is an outstanding leader who was our top all-around player."

Andrew Wenstrom (Randolph, jr., P/IF) All-Southeast Conference (2016, 2017, 2018), All-Section 1A (2017); .458 AVG, 21 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 9 SB, 5-1, 0.98 ERA, 40 K.

From head coach Chris Stanton: "Andrew was our leadoff hitter this year with two walk-off wins for the team. He was named all-conference three times and is an all-around player for us offensively, defensively and on the mound."

Zach Harding (Red Wing, sr., SS/2B) .256 AVG, 21 H, 6 2B, 14 RBI, 27 R, 5 SB, 20 BB, .921 FPCT.

From head coach Paul Hartmann: "Zach was an outstanding leadoff hitter for us who also played excellent defensively throughout the year. He has a natural swing and has showed continuous improvement. We will miss him tremendously. Three-year starter, captain."

Honorable Mention

Marcus Walm (Red Wing, jr., IF/OF/P) All-Big Nine Conference; .333 AVG, 25 H, 5 2B, 12 RBI, 15 R, 2 SB, 3-3, 3.82 ERA, 14 K, .965 FPCT.

Ben Kuehni (Red Wing, so., P) 5-1, 1 SV, 1.33 ERA, 30 K.

Gage Hildebrandt (Cannon Falls, sr., LF) All-Hiawatha Valley League, All-Section 1AA West (2017), team Defensive Player of the Year; .315 AVG, 17 H, 10 R, 7 RBI.

Casey Ryan (Goodhue, sr., P/C) All-Hiawatha Valley League (2017, 2018), All-Section 4A, All-Section Section 1A (2017); .286 AVG, 7 2B, 7 RBI, 1.21 ERA, 62 K.

Carter Danielson (Goodhue, jr., P/2B) All-Hiawatha Valley League, All-Section 4A; .306 AVG, 13 R, 9 RBI, 9 SB, 2.41 ERA, 18 K.

Tyler Craig (Kenyon-Wanamingo, fr., IF) .340 AVG, 17 H, 3 2B, 10 R, 7 RBI, 3 SB.

Micah Johnson (Kenyon-Wanamingo, jr., C) .326 AVG, 15 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 8 R, 7 RBI, 6 SB.

Nick Drinken (Randolph, so., SS/P) All-Southeast Conference (2017, 2018); 6-1, 1.77 ERA, 1 SV, 39 K.

Isaac Stoesz (Randolph, jr., OF) All-Southeast Conference; .388 AVG, 13 R, 2 3B, 10 RBI, 8 SB.

Dane Ehleringer (Randolph, so., OF/P) All-Southeast Conference honorable mention; .340 AVG, 13 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 5 SB, 1-0, 1.91 ERA, 7 K.

Nate Baer (Lake City, sr., P/IF) All-Hiawatha Valley League, .250 AVG, 12 R, 8 RBI, 2 2B, 6-2, 2.40 ERA.

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