Rifle’s Cash, Hesselberg named all-league first-teamers
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Providing plenty in the way of offense and pitching, Michael Cash and Chris Hesselberg were cogs in Rifle’s 2010 baseball playoff run.
Cash hit .532 with five homers and 31 runs driven in at the plate. He pitched to a 2-5 record, finishing up with a 6.15 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 33 innings.
Hesselberg hit .446 with a home run, 12 RBI and 12 stolen bases. As the team’s ace on the mound, he racked up a 6-4 record to go along with a 4.18 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings.
Cash and Hesselberg were rewarded for their efforts, each landing a spot on the All-4A Western Slope League first team.
“As far as statistics, they obviously show how important those guys were to our success,” Rifle coach Troy Phillips said. “We didn’t hit well as a team, other than those two guys. … Those two carried us with their hitting throughout the year.”
By wreaking havoc at the plate, the pair helped Rifle to a 9-11 record and a playoff appearance.
Joining Cash and Hesselberg as all-leaguers were another pair of seniors – Ricardo Quezada and Matt Barrett. Both were honorable mentions.
Barrett hit .288 with seven RBI. Quezada hit .230 and drove in 20 runs.
“I think it was kind of a chance to let them be rewarded for how hard they worked at the things we asked them to do,” Phillips said.
Juniors Mario Gonzalez and Luke Jacob represented Glenwood Springs on the All-4A Western Slope League first team.
Gonzalez, a third baseman, hit .475, belted nine homers and drove in 45 runs for the Demons. All were team highs. The home run total set a school record.
Jacob, who pitched and played the outfield, batted .467 with two homers and 17 RBI. He also had a team-best 10 steals. On the mound, Jacob owned a 3-2 record and 4.57 ERA.
“Mario and Luke were really high in the league voting,” Glenwood coach Eric Nieslanik said. “Mario went third and Luke seventh. It was nice that, even with the season we had, those guys were really recognized.”
Landing all-league honors as an honorable mention for the Demons was junior Kevin Flohr. He hit .286 with a home run and 13 RBIs.
Glenwood finished up 2010 at 9-10 overall.
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