Hoyda, Sostaric named first team All-NOL
Nate Hoyda and Aaron Sostaric were strong contributors during Columbian’s baseball season, both on the mound and at the plate.
For that, they received top honors when the All-Northern Ohio League awards were released Tuesday.
Hoyda and Sostaric each were named to the first team.
Hoyda finished the season with a 6-1 record, and had a 1.92 earned run average. At the plate, he hit .308 with 15 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
Sostaric was 3-3 with a 1.79 earned run average, while hitting .240 with eight stolen bases.
Also making the first team were a trio of Bellevue players: Jake Strayer, Dylan DeWitt and Tristan Snezak.
Strayer was second in the league in hitting, with a .446 batting average, while DeWitt hit .415. Strayer drove in 27 runs, while DeWitt drove in 24,
Strayer also led the league in ERA. He threw 25 1/3 innings and allowed just one earned run for a 0.28 earned run average. He finished with a 2-1 mark.
Snezek did most of his work on the mound, going 5-2 with a 2.75 earned run average.
For Columbian, Jeffrey Crawford and Russ Yeast made the second team, while Bellevue’s Tyler Rospert and Thomas Pressler also made that list.
Bellevue’s Shane Miller made honorable mention.
Pair of Bucks, Rams rate NCC first team
Morgan Wurm was consistent at the plate, with a .405 batting average, 17 RBIs and seven doubles.
But she also was the Buckettes’ primary pitcher, and did very well. Her record was 10-15, but she had a 2.88 earned run average in 146 innings pitched. She struck out 97.
All those numbers led to her being named as part of the North Central Conference first team.
Wurm was joined on the first team by teammate Sidney Long, as well as Upper Sandusky’s Miranda Stansberry and Jaya Smalley.
Long hit .412 for the Buckettes.
Stanbury hit .467 with six triples and 10 RBIs, while Smalley hit .439 with a team-high 20 RBIs and nine doubles.
The Rams also were represented on the second team, with Justeen Searfoss and Sara Gier made the list.
Buckeye Central’s Sierra Hanes was named honorable mention, as was Upper Sandusky’s Kelsey Knapp.
5 area athletes 1st team NCC baseball
Upper Sandusky had three baseball players make the All-North Central Conference first team, while two Buckeye Central players also earned the honor.
The Rams’ Carson Mittermaier, Sam Plott and Cody Gabriel all got top honors, as did BC’s Austin Lutz and Grant Loy.
Mittermaier was the NCC’s leader in homers and RBIs. He hit six blasts and drove in 39 runs while hitting .443. He also was among the league’s best pitchers, with a 1.35 earned run average over 31 innings. He had a 2-2 record.
Plott was the Rams’ best hitter, as he posted a .459 batting average. He also scored 26 runs and – on the mound, struck out 41 batters. He had a 3-1 record with a 1.81 ERA.
Cody Gabriel hit .403 and drove in 25 runs for the Rams, while posting a 3.31 earned run average and a 2-2 record on the mound.
Lutz hit .301 and drove in 18 runs for the Bucks, but he was brilliant on the mound, logging 50 2/3 innings, striking out 49 batters while posting a 1.66 earned run average and a 3-4 record.
Lutz’s teammate, Grant Loy – who was 5-1 with a 3.11 ERA -hit .362 with 16 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
Buckeye Central’s Tanner Zaebst and Upper Sandusky’s Alex Kenner each made the second team, while BC’s Jordan Herrnstein and the Rams’ Ross Dible each were named honorable mention.