In what has been the most memorable season in ADM baseball history in over seven years, more accolades continue to roll in for the Tigers on the baseball diamond.
With both the Tigers and the Boone Toreadors bowing out of the state tournament, the All-Raccoon River Conference honors can be released. For ADM, seven Tiger stars earned all-conference honors in the form of one first-team selection, three second-team selections, and three honorable mention honors.
The first team All-Conference honor for ADM went to two-way star Logan Crannell. A southpaw on the mound and a slugger in the batters’ box, Crannell made his way onto the all-conference list as a utility player. Crannell’s true calling was on the mound where he led the Raccoon River Conference in strikeouts with 100 total. Against conference foes, Crannell was just as good acquiring 62 strikeouts through 37 innings pitched. The senior issued just 13 walks within conference play and 30 walks overall. His pitching abilities even get him noticed by collegiate scouts marking a potential future that Tiger head coach Jason Book said was very possible.
“I could easily see Logan playing at the next level,” said Book. “He has been able to locate his fastball so well all season long which has allowed him to be very versatile throwing the ball. He has the stuff to easily be effective in college if he so chooses.”
As for his hitting abilities, the senior batted .292 with 26 hits on the season. Crannell drove in 20 runs through 31 games and averaged nearly four RBI’s per at-bat. His presence both in the batter’s box, on the mound, and in the clubhouse.
“Crannell has been one of those seniors who really helped energize this program,” said coach Book. “He’s been a real energy boost and he’s one of those that I have to thank an awful lot for all he has done.”
There were three second-team all-conference selections for ADM which included Chase Anderson as an outfielder, Kaden Sutton as an infielder, and Joe Finnegan as a second-team utility player. Anderson was a consistent staple atop the Tiger lineup for most of the season, setting the table nicely for a strong ADM lineup. The junior produced 37 hits to lead the Tiger team and produced a total batting average of .349 with 18 RBI to show for it.
“One of the great things about Chase is that it was fairly easy to find a place for him in the batting order,” began coach Book. “He’s got a solid swing and he’s really reliable with getting on base. He just fit the bill as a prototypical leadoff guy right away.”
Fellow junior Kaden Sutton was a force to be reckoned with as well. Sutton led the Tigers with 23 runs batted in and struck for 32 hits on the season, five of which came in postseason play. Even with his dominating performances on the diamond this summer, the reality of Sutton initially joining the Tiger roster was up in the air. Eventually, however, the slugger came around and joined the team, something coach Book was extremely pleased with.
“There was a thought that he might not play for us especially with all invested in his football career,” began Book. “When I got word from him that he would be playing I couldn’t help but smile ear to ear. He’s been a huge spark plug for this offense all season long and it was an absolute pleasure to watch him work this year.”
Senior Joe Finnegan was another spark that the Tigers needed. The senior produced 36 hits across 30 games played and ended the season with the highest batting average out of any Tiger batter at .383. Finnegan’s consistent style of play helped him to be one of the more feared batters across the ADM lineup, something coach Book saw coming and knew he had to incorporate.
“Whether we played him in left field, third base, or anywhere else, I knew I had to have his bat in the lineup at all times,” started Book. “He’s been a guy we can count on to drive runners in or at the very least get a hit. He will be extremely missed for next season.”
Last but not least, there was a trio of honorable mentions for ADM. They included Zach Fuller who helped to send the Tigers to the substate final with a nine strikeout performance against rival DC-G. On the mound, Fuller ended the season with a 4-2 record and 35 strikeouts through 36 innings pitched. Offensively the junior batted .319 with 15 RBI and 29 total hits. He was followed by Ethan Juergens who swiped seven bases on the season and struck for a .279 batting average. The final honorable mention honoree for ADM was senior Seth Williamson who averaged nearly three hits per game.
All seven Tiger stars helped ADM to make their fourth state tournament appearance in school history and the first time since 2012.