Familiar faces for final MAL honors
The Midland Athletic League released its final list of all-league baseball and softball selections Friday, and there were few surprises.
Two seniors who dominated as pitchers and batters gained the top player awards while the coaching honors went to a pair of league champions.
Seneca East’s baseball team picked up two of the honors, with Mason McWilliams named player of the year and Frank Lamoreaux gaining the coaching award.
McWilliams entered last week 10-0 with a 0.12 ERA before fanning 12 in a complete-game effort Friday as the Tigers beat New Riegel 5-1 for a Division IV district crown.
He also started last week hitting .426 and leading the MAL with 18 extra-base hits, 12 doubles and five homers. His 30 runs were also only second to the 33 by senior teammate Ethan Caudill, who is another first-teamer.
Caudill has also shined as a pitcher and hitter. He started last week 7-0 with a 0.16 ERA, along with a .469 batting average.
They are two of the major reasons the Tigers went 9-1 in the MAL while reaching the regional for the third year in a row for Lamoreaux.
The Tigers enter Thursday’s regional semifinals 24-2 and ranked first in the state.
The MAL softball accolades were a bit more spread out, but went to familiar faces.
New Riegel’s Taylor Kirian repeated as the player of the year while Jenny Weinandy claimed the top coaching award after sharing it last year with Fremont St. Joe’s Pat Bastidas.
As with McWilliams in baseball, Kirian was a weapon for the third-ranked Blue Jackets as a pitcher and a batter.
She is now 24-4 for the 25-4 Blue Jackets, who return to the regional for the second year in a row Wednesday.
Coming into last week, Kirian was second in the league in average (.575), but led the MAL in runs scored (43), hits (46), doubles (12) and extra-base hits (20).
Weinandy guided the Warriors to a 10-0 league record en route to her ninth MAL title. She retired this year after 15 seasons with the Warriors, going 306-85. Along with the league titles, she also coached Mohawk to seven district titles, two regional crowns and two state championships.
The MAL disbands after this year.
Several other talented players dot the first teams in both baseball and softball.
Along with McWilliams and Caudill, the baseball first team has Hopewell-Loudon junior Garret Sendelbach, New Riegel freshman Michael Kirian, the Lakota duo of junior Nick Watts and sophomore Dakota Gilbert, North Baltimore senior Zach Stewart, Hopewell-Loudon junior Tyler Imes, Calvert freshman Peyton Deats, New Riegel senior Jake Dryfuse, Fremont St. Joe senior Marcus Kerr and Calvert junior Jacob Vera.
In softball, Kirian is joined by Mohawk senior Julie Adelsperger and junior teammate MacKenzie Sowers, New Riegel junior Kara Scherger, seniors Kasey Adelsperger of Mohawk, Makenzie Wentling of Carey, Hanna Brian of North Baltimore and Alaina Bickford of Lakota, junior Morgan Gangwer of Lakota and seniors Edy Mowrey of St. Wendelin, Rachel Bauman of Seneca East, Taylor McClain of Mohawk and Hanna Draper of Carey.