2012-06-21 / Sports

Glen Lake quartet leads Lakers, county on elite team

By Mike Spencer
Of The Enterprise staff

Glen Lake’s baseball team, which claimed county bragging rights by winning the Division 4 district that also included Suttons Bay and St. Mary, also ruled the inaugural Leelanau Enterprise Dream Team.

The Lakers landed four of the nine positions on the elite team, which was nominated by coaches and chosen by the Enterprise sports staff with help from an official with the Northern Sports Officials Association.

Glen Lake’s Dreamers included junior shortstop Curtis Bunek, senior outfielder Dylan Wendels, sophomore infielder/pitcher Thomas Waning and sophomore utility player Trevor Apsey.

Also on the Dream Team were Sutton Bay senior outfielder Sam Kelty and sophomores Logan Mikesell and Aaron Orban. Both players saw outfield and infield action.

Rounding out the elite squad were St. Mary seniors Lee Wichern, pitcher/ infielder, and Leif Mohrman, outfi elder.

Not surprisingly, the four Glen Lake players honored were also the top four batters in the Laker lineup.

“These players were not only the first four hitters in our lineup and provided a significant portion of our defense in the middle of the field, but the respect they had for their teammates, their coaches and the game was just as important, if not more so,” Glen Lake head coach Kris Herman said. “They were willing to learn from their coaches and were committed to playing for their teammates more than playing for themselves.

“When that happens, you can have great teams and special seasons. The combination of production and dedication to the people around them is what made these four young men a model of everything that a coach could ask for ... that is why they truly are ‘Dreamteamers.’”

The Lakers, who finished the season with a 26-12 record, were led offensively by Apsey. The infielder/catcher even led the entire Northwest Conference with a .464 batting average.

Waning, who ended up being the ace of the staff with a 6-4 record and 1.76 earned run average, was second in hitting with a .391 batting average. Bunek, the leadoff hitter, hit .370 and Wendels, in the No. 2 spot, hit .345.

“These players have a passion for the game, they are extremely competitive and they are smart about how they play it. When you want to be good at something bad enough and gain the wisdom necessary to do it right, sooner or later you are going to find success,” Herman added. “And each of these young men have each reached new levels of success in their own personal process.”

Herman noted it was good to see his four players, all of whom were voted to the NW All-Conference first-team, and five other county players receive additional accolades.

“It’s a nice honor for all of the kids in the county and well-deserved, for more than just statistics,” Herman said. “I personally know a lot of them, and there are great people on this team who will continue to make their communities proud in their future endeavors, whatever they may be.”

Mikesell and Mohrman were also the top sticks for their respective schools.

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