Louisburg senior Beckett Rasmussen was one of four Wildcat players to recently earn honorable mention All-Frontier League honors.
It may not have been the season
the Louisburg High School baseball team had hoped for as the Wildcats finished the
year with five wins, but the Frontier League coaches saw a lot of talent from
the Louisburg squad.
The All-Frontier League teams were
recently released and the Wildcats found four members of the team included
among the league’s best.
Seniors Beckett Rasmussen, Michael
Rogers, junior Madden Rutherford and freshman Brandon Doles were all selected
to the honorable mention team for their efforts this past season.
“We were represented well in a league
that expanded this season and that is filled with talented athletes,” Louisburg
coach Joel McGhee said. “The Frontier League is extremely competitive and
produces some of the top athletes in the state every season. The
competitiveness of the league, partnered with the addition of the new teams,
makes an All-Frontier League selection an even greater achievement.”
Rutherford was among the team’s top
offensive threats as he finished the season with a .373 average and had 25
hits, seven of which were doubles and 13 RBIs. He also struck out just six
times in 74 plate appearances and he was named as a utility player on the
honorable mention team.
“Madden had another solid year for us this season as he played a
number or positions this season,” McGhee said. “He is an extremely versatile
and competitive athlete. He had lot of hard hit balls this year, and led
the team in RBIs, and did a great job getting on base and plating runs. Several
of his hardest hits balls went to the deepest part of the park or right at a
“Madden was limited in his pitching this season, but he is
pitcher that teams do not want to face. He had very good games in our win over
Parsons and in our walk-off loss to Anderson County.”
Rasmussen was another Wildcat who provided Louisburg with some
big moments this season as he played both the outfield and catcher spot.
Although he made the all-league team as an outfielder, Rasmussen also fared
well behind the plate.
Offensively, he ended the year with a .333 average with 23 hits,
six doubles and 11 RBIs at the top of the Wildcat lineup.
“Beckett had a great year this year,” McGhee said. ‘He played in
the outfield and caught a majority of our games. He batted in the two hole, and
had a great on base percentage. He had a great year at the plate and is a
team first guy. He did a great job behind the plate this year and in the
“Beckett was not only a leader on the field, but also in the
classroom and in the many other organizations that he has been a part of
throughout his high school career.”
Rogers was the Wildcats’ starting second baseman all season as
he earned his all-league infield spot with solid defense and timely hitting.
Rogers hit .304 on the season to go along with 17 hits and had just seven
errors in the team’s 22 games.
“Michael had a great senior season,” McGhee said. “He started every game for us at second base and put forth great effort in everything he did. Rogers hustled after every ball hit his way, busted it on the base path, and worked extremely hard at all times. Mike did a great job throughout the season getting on base and scoring runs. He is a great example to his teammates and was someone we could always rely on.”
As a freshman, Doles put together a solid
first season for the Wildcats as he also earned a spot on the all-league
infield. He finished his first season for Louisburg with a .356 batting average
and had 16 hits and 8 RBIs. He also had just five errors on defense, while also
serving as one of the Wildcats’ starting pitchers.
“Brandon had a great freshmen year,” McGhee said. “He came in and
made an impact on the mound and at the plate. He drove in runs consistently and
was a regular on the base path. He showed great hustle, and made some very
heads up reads to pick up a base. Brandon challenged hitters on the mound and
was very efficient in his pitching. He allowed the defense to support him, and
didn’t give up many walks. We are looking to see some great things from Brandon
over the next few years.”
ALL-FRONTIER LEAGUE BASEBALL
PITCHER – Bear Gardner, Paola,
junior; Cooper Cunningham, Tonganoxie, junior
CATCHER – Austin Fisher,
INFIELD – Connor Quick, Baldwin,
junior; Chase Terrell, Bonner Springs, senior; Chad Bones, Ottawa, senior;
Brandon Walker, Piper, senior
OUTFIELD – Diadrien Aho, Ottawa,
junior; Caden Marcum, Paola, freshman; Ethan Basler, Tonganoxie, senior
UTILITY – Ty Bennett, Baldwin,
PITCHER – Connor Quick, Baldwin,
junior; Garrett Trimmer, Paola, senior
CATCHER – Corbyn Meyers, Spring
INFIELD – Cameron Reynolds,
Ottawa, senior; Creigh Markovich, Paola, junior; Tyson Cheathman, Spring Hill,
senior; Gehrig Goldbeck, Tonganoxie, freshman
OUTFIELD – Korbin Hiebert, Eudora,
senior; Brendyn Bard, Piper, junior; Zade Barker, Spring Hill, junior
UTILITY – Klayton Coffman, Bonner
PITCHER – Chase Terrell, Bonner
Springs, senior; Korbin Hiebert, Eudora, senior; Jackson Murphy, Ottawa,
junior; Garrett Williams, Paola, sophomore
UTILITY – Jayden Pierce, Eudora,
senior; Madden Rutherford, Louisburg, junior; Colby Stewart, Spring Hill,
INFIELD – Hunter Peacock, Baldwin,
junior; Jayden Pierce, Eudora, senior; Brandon Doles, Louisburg, freshman;
Michael Rogers, Louisburg, senior; Nate Golubski, Piper, sophomore
OUTFIELD – Beckett Rasmussen,
Louisburg, senior; Garrett Williams, Paola, sophomore; Jake Scoma, Spring Hill,