Meet the 2022 Battle Creek Enquirer All-City Baseball Team. The team is made up of members of the city baseball teams and voted on by the city coaches and the Battle Creek Enquirer sports staff.
Battle Creek Central
A rarity in the sport, Sierra Baldwin is a girl playing baseball and is achieving at a high level. The starting catcher all season for a young Bearcats team, Baldwin was an all-conference selection last year playing in Chicago. She has signed to play college softball at North Carolina A&T.
One of only three seniors on a state-ranked Lakeview team that won a regional title on its way to the state semifinals, Owen Baum was a designated hitter most of the season due to an arm injury that shortened his stay on the field. Baum was a consistent leader for the Spartans and hit .264 on the regular season with 28 RBI.
A rising prospect in the Harper Creek program as a freshman, was part of a young Beavers squad that improved throughout the season. Brayden Bess made things happen on the base paths and scored 18 runs and a team-high 16 RBI.
A three-year varsity member, Zane Bowling was a leader on and off the diamond for Harper Creek. An All-City and all-league selection a year ago, the senior played a strong first base and hit .355 with 10 stolen bases and 15 runs scored.
After playing all over the outfield a year ago, Aiden Burns is locked down the centerfield position for the Panthers this season. The senior batted leadoff for the Panthers and batted .339, with a .406 on-base percentage with nine stolen bases.
A key part of a 19-4 Climax-Scotts/St. Philip co-op team, Ben Crocker had a big sophomore season as he hit .344 with 21 RBI and 19 runs scored for a Panther team that finished undefeated in the league.
One of only three seniors on a state-ranked Lakeview team that won an All-City title on its way to the state semifinals, Kooper Etheridge was a key pitcher and offensive weapon for the Spartans. Etheridge, who will play at Kellogg CC next year, hit .471 with a team-high 41 hits in the regular season. He added 11 stolen bases and 29 RBI and 29 runs scored. On the mound, he went 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA.
A big part of the pitching staff for Lakeview, Malachi Goss had a standout junior year from the mound and at the plate. Goss hit .364 with 18 RBI and 17 runs scored. On the mound, Goss went 3-0 in the regular season and also came up with key victories in the postseason.
A returning starter as a junior, Jackson Haywood was a key part of the Lakeview pitching staff and a potent bat. Haywood hit .405 with a team-high 39 RBI in the regular season with 28 runs scored for the city champs and helped the Spartans to back-to-back district titles. On the mound, he was 4-3 with a 3.30 ERA.
Battle Creek Central
One of the main cogs for a young Battle Creek Central team, playing in the field and on the mound, Edward Johnson gave the Bearcats some good ins as the team tried to stay competitive in the very strong Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference.
Jake Kucharczyk was the team’s centerfielder and hit in the No. 3 hole as a sophomore in his second year as a starter. Kucharczyk hit .455 with a slugging percentage of .716, that included eight doubles, three triples and three home runs in the regular season. He added 29 RBI and 43 runs scored with 21 stolen bases.
A sophomore in his second year as a starter, Zach Kucharczyk hit leadoff and was a key part of the defense as the Spartans catcher. Kucharczyk hit .418 with a team-high 41 hits in the regular season and added 17 RBI and 45 runs scored to go along with 26 stolen bases.
Jackson Lawrence was the only returning senior player for the Climax-Scotts/St. Philip co-op team and was a leader on and off the diamond. Playing shortstop, when he is not pitching, Lawrence hit .517 with 31 runs scored and 19 RBI. On the mound, he was 3-1 with an ERA of 2.45 with 33 strikeouts in 25 innings.
A two-way player, a standout on the mound as a pitcher and behind the plate, earning all-league honors for the last two years. A strong backstop at 5-foot-9, Matrau hit .515 with a team-high 30 RBI and 21 runs scored. On the mound, the junior went 8-0 and did not give up an earned run, striking out 76 in 35 innings.
A standout defensive infielder for Lakeview, Jayden Miller had a breakout junior season as he hit .430 with 21 runs scored and 17 RBI, adding 14 stolen bases for a Spartan team that won a district title, a regional crown and advanced to the state semifinals .
A second-year varsity player who had a big senior year as a leader on and off the diamond, Ben Shafer played the outfield and pitched for the Beavers. He hit .323 with 15 runs scored and a .936 fielding percentage.
One of the top small-school infielders in the area, Lance Smith had a big junior year and hit .424 with 18 RBI and 23 runs scored for the Panthers, who finished as league champs. Smith was also 3-2 on the mound.
A second-year varsity player, Brady Southfield stepped up to be the main catcher as sophomore, taking a leadership role for the Beavers. Had an on-base percentage over .400 for a young team and is a big part of the future of the program as he finished with a team-high 16 RBI.
A big run producer for Harper Creek, Kadyn Stahlhood had a breakout sophomore season in the outfield as he was among the team leaders in runs scored with 15 and RBI with 15.
The leader of a young pitching staff for Pennfield as a sophomore, Wolfersberger has been a two-year starter on the mound for the Panthers with a sparkling 1.44 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 24 innings. At the plate, he batted .313 with 19 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.
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