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Five Apaches earn All-TRC baseball honors

HOME: Manchester's Mason Roberts (left) reaches to tag Wabash's Trenton Daughtry (right) during the sectional final game this spring.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

Despite capturing a share of the Three Rivers Conference (TRC) title this spring, the Southwood baseball team placed just two players on the All-Conference team. The Knight duo comprised two of the 14 Wabash County athletes to be named to the All-TRC side this season with Wabash leading the way at five honorees.

For the sectional title-winning Apaches, pitcher Trenton Daughtry, catcher Kallen Kelsheimer, infielder Robert Irgang and outfielders Jordan Holley and Blake Gribben were named to the All-Conference team. Manchester and Northfield each reached the sectional finals and had four and three honorees, respectively.

The Squires saw pitcher Grant Strobel, catcher Mason Roberts, infielder Mason Meyer and outfielder Thane Creager make the squad. For the Norse, Nate Drancik made the team as a pitcher, Clayton Tomlinson as an infielder and Cole Rosen as an outfielder. Southwood’s two honorees were catcher Gabe Lloyd and infielder Cam Ball.

Peru’s Kade Townsend and Maconaquah’s Cody Koebler took the remaining two pitcher spots. Rochester’s Zane Young, Peru’s Daunte Majors, North Miami’s Jackson Green and Nathan Musselman and Whitko’s Zakk Neer rounded out the infield selections. Rochester’s Brady Perez, North Miami’s Eli Henderson and Maconaquah’s Hunter Hays took the remaining outfield spots on the All-Conference team while Rochester’s duo of Braxton McGlothin and Trey Stesiak were the two Extra Players in the team.

The Knights not only won a share of the conference crown with Rochester but also swept Wabash County, finishing a perfect 3-0 in regular season games. In the final week of the regular season, Southwood knocked off North Miami, Wabash and Peru in successive days, the first and last of those on the road, to capture the TRC title.

Wabash, though, was the only team to win a postseason title, downing Rochester, Lewis Cass and Manchester to win the sectional title. Kelsheimer finished third in the conference in batting average at .424 to lead the Wabash offense. Daughtry finished with a 1.86 ERA in 56.1 innings, the most innings of any pitcher in the conference this season.

Lloyd, meanwhile, led the conference in slugging this season with seven homers and five doubles in 73 at-bats. Roberts tied for the conference lead in homers with seven of his own, leading to a .714 slugging percentage. Roberts also sported a 1.12 ERA in 25 innings.

Southwood’s Logan Barley, Manchester’s Devin Marcum, Northfield’s Chance Hartman and Wabash’s Joe Leland all were named Honorable Mentions. The rest of the Honorable Mentions were Grant McCarter of Rochester, Chance Ogle of Peru, Lucas Walters of Tippecanoe Valley, Alex Masters of North Miami, Zac Snyder of Maconaquah and Evan Wilson of Whitko.