We've moved! To view our most current content, click here.
All Baseball Stories

Kennedy's Nate Farner.


BASEBALL: Meet the 2013 All-News-Herald dream team (PHOTOS)

Grosse Ile ace Brian Christen was a seven-game winner with a 2.12 earned run average for Coach Cliff Whitehouse's team.

Roosevelt's Vinnie Jelsomeno.

Game Info

Related Articles

>> View more news

Meet the 2013 All-News-Herald Baseball Dream Team:

Brian Christen, Grosse Ile: The senior hurler gave Grosse Ile a chance to win every time he stepped on the mound. He found himself on that mound quite often and compiled a 7-3 record with a 2.12 ERA in 68 innings of work. He struck out 65 batters and had a miniscule 0.76 WHIP. Christen was also one of the most consistent bats in the Red Devil lineup, hitting .328 with a .447 on-base percentage.

Kyle Collett, Truman: The senior centerfielder lived on base this season for the Cougars. Collett led Truman with a .430 batting average and drew a team-high 24 walks for a .571 on-base percentage. He also led the Cougars in runs (36), hits (34) and steals (25).

Tom Daly, Grosse Ile: The junior third baseman was a force in the leadoff spot for Grosse Ile this season and turned in one of the best hitting seasons of any local athlete. Daly hit .431 with a .544 on-base percentage with 28 hits, nine RBIs and two home runs. Daly was also effective in limited time on the mound, especially late in the season, and finished with a 2-2 record with a 3.00 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 27 innings of work.

Nathan Farner, Kennedy: Farner was a workhorse for the Eagles at the plate and on the mound this season and played a pivotal role in the Eagles reaching the regional semifinals. The senior hit .413 and led the team with 45 hits, 21 RBIs and 15 steals. On the hill, the senior was Kennedy’s ace with a 6-1 record with a 1.53 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 59.1 innings of work.

Shane Freitag, Anderson: The senior first baseman was one of the most disciplined hitters around this spring and hit .375 with 19 RBIs with only one strikeout in 112 at-bats. The three-year letter winner earned all-Downriver League and all-district honors this season.

Layne Gusler, Woodhaven: Gusler put together a magnificent senior campaign for the Warriors with his arm, glove and bat. The senior was Woodhaven’s top pitcher with a 6-1 record with a 2.62 ERA and a DRL-leading 68 strikeouts in 48 innings. When he wasn’t on the mound, Gusler played a solid shortstop for the Warriors. At the plate, the senior hit .425 with 34 hits, 19 runs, 15 RBIs and two home runs.

Vinnie Jelsomeno, Roosevelt: The senior captain was an offensive force for the Bears this season and displayed his power with regularity. Jelsomeno hit all four of Roosevelt’s home runs this season and drove in over a third (33-of-102) of the Bears’ runs this season. He hit .348 on the season and collected 39 hits and 17 runs.

Jose Salinas, Allen Park: Salinas was one of the most dangerous hitters in the Downriver League once again this season and finds himself on The News-Herald Dream Team for the second consecutive spring. The senior hit .379 with a .491 on-base percentage and collected 33 hits with 21 RBIs, 13 doubles and two home runs. He was also effective on the mound with a 1.44 ERA in 24.1 innings of work.

Elijah Scott, Huron: Scott earned all-league, all-district and all-region honors for the Chiefs after putting together a stellar season at the dish. The junior led Huron with a .429 batting average with 33 hits and 17 RBIs while playing a solid shortstop.

Nick Willetts, Allen Park: Willetts returns to The News-Herald Dream Team with teammate Jose Salinas after another workhorse season on the mound for Allen Park. Willetts went 7-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 48 innings this year. At the plate, the senior hit .297 with a .412 on-base percentage, 19 hits, 16 runs and 13 RBIs.

Last Updated: 6/21/2013 12:23:20 PM EST