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Baseball: Minnewaska reflects on another winning season

Minnewaska finishes the 2022 season with a record oF 13-9

Jacob Blair
Minnewaska senior Jacob Blair threw five shutout innings against West Central Area to get the win in the 7-0 final on April 21, 2022. Blair was named the team's MVP for the season.
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With a 13-10 record, the Minnewaska baseball team put together a winning season with a talented, young nucleus in 2022. The Lakers were the No. 5 seed in Section 3AA North and earned a playoff win over New London-Spicer before falling to Paynesville Area and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Senior Jacob Blair, who was an all-section and an All-West Central Conference player, earned the team’s Most Valuable Player Award.

Sophomore Dylan Alexander, who was also an all-section and an all-conference selection, won the team’s best offense award.

The team’s defensive player of the year award went to Jack Majerus, who is also a sophomore and was an all-conference selection.

Junior Jack Larson was named the team’s Most Improved Player while Dalton Friedrichs won the Coaches Leadership Award.

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Rounding out the all-conference selections for the Lakers are senior Torii Johnson and honorable mention, junior PJ Johnson.

With a GPA of 3.75 or higher, Majerus, Alexander, Larson, sophomores Ryland Martin, Alex Panitzke, Austin Weber, as well as freshmen Thomas Poegel and Levi Johnson earned spots on the All-Academic West Central Conference team.

Rounding out the team awards, Caden Larson was named the C Squad MVP, Levi Johnson won the JV MVP and JV Most Improved awards, Luke Danielson won the C Squad Most Improved award, Owen Meulebroeck won the C Squad Best Defense award and Ross Thorfinnson earned the JV Most Improved award.

Spring sports wrap

The Echo Press will run a special section wrapping up the 2022 spring season for teams from Alexandria, Osakis and Brandon-Evansville in the July 8 print edition.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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