June 15, 2024

Bucs baseball looks to keep momentum going

Submitted photo The 2023 Border West seniors are, from left, Brayden Hofer, Nathan Johnson, Eli Larson, Caden Spilde and Tyler Wills.

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Brooke Kern

Grant County Herald

The Border West Buccaneer baseball team is hoping that successes from the fall and winter seasons carry over to spring as well.

The Border West baseball team closed out the season in an unexpected way last season. The Buccaneers won their first Section 6A playoff game over Ortonville last Tuesday night, 21-1, but the Bucs’ season came to an end two days later with a pair of forfeit losses.

Border West was forced to forfeit its remaining games due to using an ineligible player on the roster this season. That meant the Bucs had to forfeit their game against top-seeded KMS and also forfeited a consolation game against Upsala-Swanville Area.

Border West ended the season with a 10-9 overall record and 7-3 mark in the Pheasant Conference. Ashby won this year’s Pheasant Conference title with a 10-0 record, followed by Border West (7-3), Brandon-Evansville (6-4), Ortonville (5-5), and Hancock and Hillcrest (both 0-8).

The Arrows’ Torin Olson was named Conference MVP while Carter Spangler was named Pitcher of the Year and Evan Paulson was named Offensive Player of the Year. Arrows’ coach Jared Larson earned Coach of the Year honors. Hunter Norby and Carson Spangler also received honors for Ashby.

In addition to the five all-conference recipients for the Arrows, Border West and Brandon-Evansville each had four players named to the all-conference team. For the Bucs, it was Jacob Volker, Brody Nachbor, Juan Villareal and Caden Spilde.

The Chargers had Tyler Bitzan, Brady Perleberg, Dezmond White and Riley Perleberg.

Other All-Conference players included Hancock’s Dain Schroeder and Brayden DeSmith, Ortonville’s Carter Powell, Josh Mueller and Carter Brown.

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