Four diamond Dutchmen earn postseason honors

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Even in spite of just missing a winning seasons, Tyler Ahring’s first year in the third base coaches box provided plenty of highlights.

Baseball coaches in the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) along with the MSHSAA Class 4, District 4 Baseball Tournament also took notice.

Between the two groups, Ahring’s diamond Dutchmen had four players selected to either their respective All-FRC or All-District baseball teams.

For senior Brady Smith, he earned double the honors ending his high school baseball career.

Selected as a utility player, Smith was named to the All-FRC First Team to go along with his selection to the Class 4, District 4 All-District Baseball Team.

During FRC baseball action, Smith pitched six innings of Owensville’s 3-2 victory on the road in Sullivan against the Eagles at Bank of Sullivan Ball Park.

That win marked the first time Dutchmen baseball defeated the Eagles in Sullivan since the spring of 2003.

Pitching a gem in the opening round of the MSHSAA C4D4 Baseball Tournament, Smith shut out St. Clair’s Bulldogs limiting them to five hits and a walk while also recording four strikeouts.

“Brady (Smith) was our staff ace all season and we knew that we could count on him to give it his all any time he took the mound to pitch for us” Ahring said. “He was a great asset to the team this season and he’ll be sorely missed next spring.”

Joining Smith on the C4D4 All-District baseball team was sophomore infielder Bryor Bogle.

Bogle’s highlight of the district tournament was a two-RBI single in the top of the fifth inning in the semifinals against Borgia that tied the game at 3-3.

In spite of that being his lone hit, Bogle’s solid defense at shortstop also landed him on the All-District team.

Smith also had company on the All-FRC baseball squad in the form of fellow senior outfielder Drew Baumbach and junior utility player Trevor Abernathy.

In charge of the outfield from center field, Baumbach took charge of the defense along with leading the team on offense with a team-high three home runs.

Baumbach’s round trippers came against St. Clair, St. James and Linn throughout the recently-completed season.

“Drew was our best outfielder this season,” Ahring said. “He took charge out there in center each time he took the field.”

Primarily behind the plate handling catching duties, Abernathy also played some second base, shortstop and also pitched.

“Trevor was a huge asset to our team this year,” Ahring said. “His versatility being able to be a catcher and a pitcher helped us throughout the season.”

Abernathy’s best game came in Owensville’s season opener against St. Clair in the Four Rivers Baseball Classic (FRBC). He scored three runs, hit two doubles and drove in a run helping the Dutchmen to a 16-15 come-from-behind victory.

OHS finished Ahring’s first season with a 9-11 overall record and a 4-3 mark inside the FRC.