Division 3 Co-Team Of The Week: Week 7 - Algonac

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Division 3 Co-Team Of The Week: Week 7 - Algonac

ALGONAC - There have been a number of big wins this season for Algonac en route to an 18-8 record entering play on Wednesday.

There have been wins over Marine City, Royal Oak Shrine and Rochester Lutheran Northwest along with a sweep of Almont and a victory over Sanford Meridian. This past week there were three more wins, 13-5 and 15-0 over Imlay Clay and another 15-0 whitewash of Memphis. It has Algonac being honored as the Prep Baseball Report Division 3 Team of the Week.

“Our pitching depth has really stood out this year,” noted head coach Scott Thaler. “We have two or three kids that could very easily be logging innings for us that have only made a few appearances.”

Sophomore right-hander Josh Kasner is the workhorse with a 6-1 record, logging 42.2 innings with 89 strikeouts and a 0.164 ERA and 0.844 WHIP. Jake Kasner has recorded four saves, with a 3-2 record in 30 innings and a 2.80 ERA. Noah Maniaci is 2-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 18.2 frames.

“We need to continue to pitch well and play good defense behind our pitchers,” pointed out Thaler, whose squad faces North Branch Wednesday, New Haven Thursday and has a doubleheader with Marysville on Saturday.

The Kasner duo also leads the way at the plate for Algonac, with Josh batting a team-best .414 with 20 RBIs, five doubles, 30 runs scored, 24 walks/HBP and 16 stolen bases. Jake Kasner averages .390 with 15 RBIs, 30 runs, 18 walks and 14 steals.

Senior catcher Jack Cote is batting .361 while driving in 15 runs with Tyler Schultz, a junior outfielder, is at .325 with 28 runs, 14 stolen bases and 10 RBIs.

“We’ve had a few three-inning mercies so hitting stats were not gaudy last week,” explained Thaler, whose team also suffered a 6-2 defeat against Croswell Lexington during the four-game week. “Josh Kasner batted .444  with a .615 OPS, eight runs scored, four RBIs and four stolen bases. Tyler Schultz batted .364 with a .500 OBP and six runs and Jake Kasner hit .400  with a .571 OBP, and nine runs scored.”

Seth Lonergan fanned nine and only walked one in 6.2 innings thrown last week while Josh Kasner was 2-0 giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out 22 in 10 innings.

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