Roaring Fork’s Strack-Loertscher tabbed as 3A WSL’s top player |

Roaring Fork’s Strack-Loertscher tabbed as 3A WSL’s top player

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent file

Roaring Fork baseball coach Tim Nieslanik put it best.

“We all kind of roll how Jake rolls,” he said.

The Jake to which Nieslanik is referring is Jake Strack-Loertscher, the Rams’ big-hitting catcher. And Roaring Fork certainly did roll as its junior backstop rolled in 2010.

Strack-Loertscher put up video game-like numbers in helping the Rams to a 13-7 record and its first playoff appearance since 2006.

At the plate, he hit .600 with nine home runs and 42 RBI. Behind the plate, his arm scared off would-be base stealers.

Coaches in the 3A Western Slope League certainly took notice of Strack-Loertscher’s skill set, voting him the circuit’s top player.

“That’s a big honor,” Nieslanik said. “There are some pretty good seniors out there, and he got the vote.”

Roaring Fork senior Oscar Beltran and freshman Johnny Nieslanik joined Strack-Loertscher on the first team.

Beltran, who made it as an outfielder, hit .391, drove in 13 runs and swiped 11 bases.

Nieslanik, who also made the team as an outfielder, batted .324 with 21 RBI and 13 stolen bases. The freshman was also a force on the mound, going 5-4 with a 2.88 ERA. He struck out 75 in 56 innings of work.

“I think they’re both very deserving,” Tim Nieslanik said. “Johnny did a great job for us on the mound. Oscar was a top-notch leadoff hitter.”

Hammering down all-league selections as honorable mentions were sophomore Trenton Reeds and junior Alex Rascon, Reeds as a utility player and Rascon as a pitcher.

Rascon’s 7-3 record complemented a 3.71 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings pitched.

Reeds, who saw time at shortstop and in the outfield, finished up with a .458 average. He also drove in 20 runs and stole 15 bases.

Coal Ridge sophomore Cody Walls and junior Nathan Terrin landed All-3A WSL selections as honorable mentions, both as outfielders.

The Titans finished up the spring with a 1-18 overall record and 1-15 mark in league.

Infielder Tyler Radel is Grand Valley’s lone all-league representative. The senior helped the Cardinals to a 2-15 overall record and 2-14 ledger in the 3A WSL.

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