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All-tournament team

Here are the best players, position by position, of the 2012 Class C State Tournament, as selected by the staff of the North Bend Eagle.

Most Valuable Player
Ty Sackett, 2012 State Tournament MVPTy Sackett, Malcolm
No team played more games in the tournament than Malcolm, and no one produced more consistently than Sackett. The Malcolm third baseman hit .625 (10-of-18) for the week. Add in six walks and getting hit by a pitch twice, his on-base percentage was an amazing .750. In other words, in 24 plate appearances over six games, he made only six outs. He also had a hustle play in the state championship game that sprung Malcolm to victory. With the game tied 1-1, Sackett was on second base when a teammate hit the ball to the third baseman. The Creighton third baseman scooped up the ball and ran to third base to get Sackett on the force out, but a sprinting Sackett dove headfirst at the base and was called safe on a bang-bang play. Had it been an out, Creighton would have escaped the inning with a 1-1 tie. However, Sackett's hustle play allowed Malcolm to score three more runs to take the lead for good. Ty Sackett was the Most Valuable Player for the 2012 Class C state tournament.

All-State Tournament Team

Catcher
Jesse FaltysJesse Faltys,
Dodge-Scribner-Howells
Faltys made his mark defensively, throwing out two of the three runners that tried to steal a base against him. Though he hit just .200 in the tournament, he made his hits count with two home runs, including a grand slam, and seven RBI.
First base
Caleb DostalCaleb Dostal, Malcolm
Dostal hit .462 for the tournament with an on-base percentage of .632. He also added two doubles and two RBI's.
Second base
Benny OliverBenny Oliver, Pender
Oliver did a little bit of everything for Pender during the week. He hit .461 with five RBI and two doubles to help his team to a third-place finish. His bases-loaded double sparked a 7-run inning against Hebron, where a win put Pender into the semi-final game.
Short stop
Drew ZitekDrew Zitek, Pender
Zitek hit .294 for Pender, with three of his five hits going for doubles, giving him a .470 slugging average.
Third base
Ty SackettTy Sackett, Malcolm
He hit .625 with 10 RBI, leading the entire tournament in both categories. He also had a .750 OBP.
Outfield
Tucker McHughTucker McHugh, Malcolm
McHugh was best when it mattered most, going 3-for-4 in the state championship game, capping a week in which he hit .600 overall.
Outfield
Levi NielsonLevi Nielson, Creighton
Nielson might have snuck up on you, batting toward the bottom of Creighton's lineup and even sitting the bench for one game, but when he was up, all he did was get on base. He hit .600 for the series with the an on-base percentage of .769, the highest of any player in the tournament. He reached base in 10 of his 13 plate appearances.
Outfield Jackson Cassidy
Jackson Cassidy, Creighton
Cassidy hit .400 for the state runners-up, including two doubles and a pair of RBI, with an OBP of .470.
Pitcher Caleb Goedeken
Caleb Goedeken, Hebron
Goedeken did what no one else could do during this state tournament: shut down the Malcolm offense. As a team Malcolm hit .424 in the rest of their games, but Goedeken held them to a .083 batting average during a 1-0 Hebron win. In all, Goedeken finished with a 1-0 record, striking out 11 and walking just two in 11.2 scoreless innings. Opponents hit .100 against him.
Pitcher
Trever CarrollTrever Carroll, Malcolm
Carroll lost a heartbreaker on day one, going head-to-head with Goedeken. The only run he gave up in the 1-0 loss was unearned, but he bounced back to win two more games later in the week for an overall 2-1 record. He led the tournament in strikeouts, fanning 24 batters in 14.1 innings of work. Opponents hit .130 against him and the Malcolm ace finished with an ERA of 0.98
Pitcher
Jon SimonsonJon Simonson, PWGS
Simonson made just one appearance for Palmer-Wolbach-Greeley-Spalding, but it may have been the best performance of the tournament. He tossed a complete-game 1-hitter against DSH, racking up 12 strikeouts against one walk. Opponents hit .045 against him and he finished the week with a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA.
   

Honorable mention:
C Carsten Tietz, Pender
C Slade McClain, Malcolm
1B Heath McClellan, PWGS
2B Dustin Churchwell, Malcolm
2B Trey Rivera, Shelton-Gibbon
IF Ben Kuehn, DSH
SS Bronson Pahl, Creigthon
SS Chase Wietfeld, North Bend-MB
3B Preston Brinegar, Hebron
OF John Harders, Shelton-Gibbon
OF Evan Beckmann, Malcolm
OF Trever Carroll, Malcolm
P Mason Glause, Malcolm
P Justin Niewohner, DSH
P Jacob Sebade, Pender
P Caleb Hansen, Pender
P Seth Wilmes, Creighton

 

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