THS forms a GNC posse on way to higher honors
The Hatchet baseball team not only put together a runner-up season in the Great Northern Conference this year, it garnered recognition for several team members after the games were done.
Junior Kevin Bolder locked down Conference Player of the Year honors on top of First Team pitcher and First Team infield. Junior Jared Jarvensivu was also a First Team infielder, while sophomore Jordan Roessler was First Team utility and Second Team infield. Senior Trevor Iwen was a Second Team outfielder, Jon Nyberg was a Second Team pitcher, and Lorne Ahrens picked up Honorable Mention at catcher.
Bolder also reached HM All-State and First Team All-District. Jarvensivu was Second Team A-D and academic A-D, and Roessler was HM A-D.
“Kevin had an absolutely amazing year,” THS coach Wes Roessler, the GNC Coach of the Year, said. “We could always count on him to come up with a clutch hit. He dominated opposing batters when he was on the mound. This season will be hard to duplicate, but I am excited to watch what he can do next year.”
Bolder hit .556 with a .657 on-base percentage and .907 slugging percentage, 18 RBI and 20 runs. He built a 2.18 ERA, with a 61-13 hits-to-walks ratio, a .906 WHIP, and a 3-2 record in a team-high 35-1/3 innings pitched. He made just one error.
Jarvensivu batted .446 with .516 OBP and .625 slugging. He posted a 4-0 record on the mound with 14-5 H-to-W and .900 WHIP. Roessler hit .446 with .530 OBP, .786 slugging, 18 runs, 8 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
“Jared is a kid that you can count on to do any job you ask him to do-and do it well,” Roessler said. “He played solid defense, pitched very well and had a great season at the plate. He was also a great leader in the dugout. He is a great kid to have on the team because of his work ethic, skills, leadership and attitude.
“Jordan is a very hard-working kid that hustles all the time. He played very good defense and had a great year at the plate. His quickness allows him to get to ground balls that many times would sneak through for hits. He also is able to take extra bases utilizing his speed.”
Nyberg posted a 1.68 ERA with 1.080 WHIP, a 4-2 record and 32-11 H-to-W ratio. He batted .225 with .295 OBP and .475 slugging with 11 RBI. Iwen batted .350 with .458 OBP, .425 slugging, 8 RBI and 8 runs. He didn’t commit an error all year. Ahrens hit .269, with .345 OBP and .442 slugging, 9 RBI. He made just one error.
“Jon had a season that was just amazing,” Roessler said. “He did not give up a run in conference until the very last game. He dominated on the mound by leading the conference in ERA and wins. When he was on the mound, our guys knew they were going to be in position to win. Jon’s presence will be missed next year.
“Trevor was an incredible leader this year. He took charge in practice and carried it over into games. He played amazing defense for us, making catches look routine on balls that most center fielders wouldn’t even get to. He also had a very good year at the plate. Trevor’s leadership will be missed.
“Lorne has one of the best attitudes on the team. He will always give you everything that he has with a smile on his face. He hustles all the time and is a very versatile player. He can play almost anywhere and do well. He is kid that everyone would love to coach.”