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R-T All-Local Baseball Team

By on July 18, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Waterloo catcher Quinten Albrecht ranked among the top 10 in the entire St. Louis area in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs and doubles this past spring. (Corey Saathoff photo)

Monroe County loves its baseball, and local high schools provided plenty of excitement in the sport both individually and at the team level this past spring. 

From Valmeyer’s second straight state runner-up finish, Columbia’s 28-game winning streak and regional crown, Gibault’s underdog regional title run, Waterloo’s Mark Vogel reaching 500 wins, and other collective milestones, 2018 was definitely a year to remember.

Here’s a look at the players who helped make the magic happen.

FIRST TEAM
Quentin Albrecht, Waterloo. This four-year varsity player collected 100 hits as a Bulldog and was named to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A All-State Team for his outstanding senior season. Albrecht, who will soon play ball at Wichita State University, ranked 10th in the St. Louis area with a .505 batting average, fifth in slugging percentage (.905) and seventh in on base percentage (.615) He hit seven home runs and 15 doubles with 35 runs and 35 RBIs while playing rock solid defense behind the plate.

Philip Reinhardt, Valmeyer. Two seasons, two state runner-up finishes for this young Pirate, who was named to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 1A All-State Team for his amazing sophomore season on the mound and at the plate. Reinhardt hit .431 with a .503 on base percentage, 34 RBIs and 35 runs, and posted a 6-3 pitching record with a 1.81 ERA. He threw a seven-inning no-hitter in a 3-0 victory at Steeleville early in the season. 

Shane Wilhelm, Columbia. Like Reinhardt, Wilhelm led the Eagles with both his bat and arm during his junior season. The righty went 4-2 with a 2.98 ERA and a no-hitter on the mound, and hit .425 with a .515 on base percentage, 39 runs, 13 doubles, 31 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. The Mizzou commit looks to lead Columbia again in 2019.

Cole Juelfs, Valmeyer. This senior shortstop led the entire St. Louis area in runs this spring with 55, hitting .382 with a .494 on base percentage, 14 doubles, 21 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. On the mound, Juelfs went 5-1 with a 1.91 ERA and 44 strikeouts. He will play for Southwestern Illinois College next season.

Brennen van Breusegen, Columbia. Another important piece of the winning puzzle for the Eagles in 2018, van Breusegen tied for fourth in the St. Louis area with 46 runs. The University of Central Missouri commit hit .405 with a .522 on base percentage, 10 doubles and 23 RBIs. 

Jordan Holmes, Columbia. He already made our All-Local First Team in football and basketball his senior season, so why not baseball? Holmes is very deserving with his .449 average and .529 on base percentage with 36 runs, 31 RBIs, six triples and 11 stolen bases to go along with stellar outfield defense.

Mark Branz, Gibault. The second junior to make the list, Branz led a young but talented Hawks bunch to a regional title. Branz hit .392 with a .483 on base percentage, three home runs, 24 RBIs, 34 runs and 11 stolen bases. He also posted a 3.58 ERA with plenty of mound duty. Watch for an even better senior season.

Danny Tharp, Waterloo. A sure-handed outfielder with range and speed and a good bat, Tharp put together a strong senior season for the Bulldogs. The Fontbonne University commit hit .414 with a .504 on base percentage, 33 runs, 11 doubles and seven stolen bases. 

Jake Krekel, Valmeyer. One of several senior leaders for the state runner-up Pirates, Krekel got hot at the right time to lead Valmeyer’s offense in the postseason. He hit .397 with 46 runs, 35 RBIs, 10 doubles and 15 stolen bases. 

Luke Watson, Columbia. This senior was as solid as could be on the mound for the Eagles, going 8-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 50 strikeouts.

Read about the SECOND TEAM and HONORABLE MENTIONS in the July 18, 2018, issue of the Republic-Times newspaper.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.