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The Gang Green

The senior class at St. Bede will be one to be remembered at the academy, strong in all sports, especially baseball. There are six members of the regional champion Bruins squad that dot the 2013 All-BCR Baseball Team.

Logan Bima (St. Bede, sr., catcher): While batting .333, the lefty swinger had a proficiency for making his hits count big. He had an area-best 29 RBIs and had 16 extra-base hits (4 homers, 6 doubles, 6 triples). The former first baseman/DH made the transition to catcher and proved to be a rock solid behind the plate.

Brett Fanning (Hall, sr., P/SS): The Red Devils ace went 7-2 with a 1.92 ERA,s striking out an area-high 87 batters in 47.3 innings. The co-BCR Player of the Year also shined at the plate for his senior season, raising his average 84 points to .430 and led Hall in runs scored (26), RBIs (28), doubles (9), homers (2) and stolen bases (11). He will play for Division II Upper Iowa University next year.

Brad Groleau (St. Bede, sr., RF): The co-BCR Player of the Year had another all-around solid season for the Bruins, both on the mound and at the plate. Groleau batted .465 with 22 RBIs, five doubles, three triples and a homer. The southpaw also posted a 5-0 record with a 2.06 ERA. He will continue his career for McKendree University in Lebanon, taking a redshirt while he rehabs his second ACL injury.

Matt Hayes (Princeton, sr., P/1B/OF): A three-year honoree to the All-BCR Team, Hayes capped his Tiger career with a solid senior season. He led the Tigers in hitting with a .315 average to go with 14 RBIs and seven doubles. He also posted a 2-3 record with a 3.03 ERA, taking the mound for the Tigers’ first game of the season and the last. Coach Tim Taylor says Hayes is a team captain, who takes the job seriously.

McKinley Kruger (Bureau Valley, sr., SS): The senior shortstop led the Storm with a .311 batting average, adding eight RBIs with a homer and three doubles. He received First Team Three Rivers All-Conference honors. Kruger will play for Illinois Valley Community College next year.

Sam Lucas (St. Bede, sr., CF/2B): Third for the Bruins and third in the area, Lucas batted .463 with 31 hits in 67 at-bats. The senior second sacker/outfielder also drove in 15 runs and had four doubles and two triples.

Blake Moreno (Hall, jr., C): The junior Hall catcher was steady behind the plate and at the plate, batting .380. He also ranked high among area leaders in RBIs (18), doubles (10), triples (1) and homers (1), having a knack for hitting the gaps, Keegan said. Earned second team Tri-County Conference honors.

Danny Nolasco (Hall): Keegan said the senior pitcher/infielder did things for the Red Devils that are hard to put a numerical value one. At the plate, the repeat All-BCR pick batted .337 with 24 runs scored and 13 RBIs. He also posted a 4-1 record on the mound with a 4.16 ERA. His versatility, will be missed, Keegan said. Received second team Tri-County Conference honors.

Brandon Pietrowski (St. Bede): On a team with hot hitters, the Bruins third baseman carried the hottest bat of them all. The blonde bomber finished the season with an area-best .478 average while driving in 22 runs. That kind of hitting helped his cause on the mound, where he went 4-2 with a 2.56 ERA.

Jake Postula (St. Bede): Perhaps in the shadow of some big bats in the Bruins lineup, the senior left fielder put together a quiet, but steady season at the dish for St. Bede. Postula hit .424 with 22 runs scored, four doubles and 14 RBIs.

Damin Smith (St. Bede): The senior right-hander was the No. 1 of the Big 3 on the Bruins pitching staff. He did not lose a game until the sectional semifinals, posting an 8-1 record with a 1.67 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 50.1 innings.

Isaiah Taylor (Princeton): The junior lefty sparkled on the mound, going 5-0 with an area-low 1.41 ERA. At the plate, he batted .312 with six RBIs, five doubles and five stolen bases. He also covered a lot of ground in center field. PHS coach Tim Taylor said the Tiger center-fielder plays every game “with intensity and still has fun.”

Honorable mention

Bureau Valley: McKinley Kruger, Cody Mattingly, Keaton Wagenknecht.

Hall: Pete Mautino, Tagger Venegas.

Princeton: Tyler Marvin, Nick Rolando, J.J. Vaccaro.

St. Bede: Stephen Ebener, Bobby Morrow, Austin Schwab,

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