The state baseball tournaments are scheduled to begin this Saturday. The Class B tournament will be at Werner Park in Omaha while Class A’s tournament will be in Lincoln.
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Here are Class B players to watch as the state tournament starts:
Adam Deboer, Junior, Beatrice: Deboer is batting .283 with 19 runs batted in and three homers, which both tie for the team lead. He’s also scored 17 runs and has 17 hits this season for the Orangemen (14-6), who enter the tournament as the No. 8 seed.
Tucker Timmerman, Sophomore, Beatrice: Timmerman, a Nebraska baseball commit, has three home runs and 11 RBIs for head coach Chris Belding’s team. On the mound, he has a 3.73 earned-run average and 41 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings of work.
Ryan Malone, Senior, Bennington: Malone leads Bennington (16-9) into the tournament as the No. 7 seed. He’s batting .354 at the plate with two home runs and 17 RBIs. He’s also racked up seven doubles on the season, most on the team. On the mound, Malone has a 3.05 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings.
Owen Douglas, Sophomore, Bennington: Douglas is batting .342 with two homers and 14 RBIs. Just a sophomore, Douglas has shown he can pitch a little, too. He’s struck out 33 batters in 30 1/3 innings of work.
Kale Jensen, Junior, Central City/Fullerton/Centura: Jensen is getting it done in the batter’s box and on the mound for the Kernels (19-5), who are the No. 6 seed. Jensen is hitting a whopping .577 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs. He also owns a 10-0 record and a 0.74 ERA pitching. He’s struck out a team-high 76 batters this season for head coach Brandon Detlefsen’s club.
Tres Gonsior, Senior, Central City/Fullerton/Centura: Gonsior, a Sioux Falls baseball commit, is batting .452 with two homers and 28 RBIs. The right-hander can pitch, too, and has a 2.86 ERA with 62 strikeouts. Jensen and Gonsior make up a tough two-headed monster for opponents.
Drew Christo, Senior, Elkhorn: Christo, a Nebraska baseball commit who may hear his name called in the early rounds of the Major League Baseball draft in July, leads the No. 4-seeded Antlers (19-10) into the state tournament. Christo, a right-hander, has a 0.34 ERA on the mound with 84 strikeouts against just 15 walks. Against Omaha Bryan, he recorded a no-hitter. In the batter’s box, Christo is batting .338 with five homers and 38 RBIs.
Gannon Gragert, Senior, Elkhorn: Gragert is hitting .337 with one homer and 29 RBIs, which rank second on the team. He’s totaled 30 hits so far this season, nine of which have been doubles.
Grant Gutschow, Senior, Elkhorn: Gutschow, the Antlers’ steady catcher behind the plate, has a team-leading .391 average. He’s recorded a team-best 34 hits, two home runs and 18 RBIs for head coach Kyle McCright’s club.
Trayton Newman, Senior, Hastings: The Tigers are the No. 1 seed of the tournament. One of their top players is Newman, a pitcher/infielder. Newman bats .372 with three homers and 24 RBIs. On the mound, he’s 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA.
Luke Brooks, Junior, Hastings: Brooks, a first baseman/pitcher, is hitting .394 with two homers and 24 RBIs.
Brayden Mackey, Senior, Hastings: Mackey is hitting .257 with one homer and 14 RBIs, but is also being productive on the mound for Hastings. He’s 5-1 with a 1.18 ERA.
CJ Hood, Senior, Norris: Hood, a Nebraska baseball commit, is having a strong season at the plate and on the mound for Norris (22-7), the No. 2 seed. He’s hitting .393 with five homers, 32 RBIs and a team-best 35 hits. He’s also 3-0 as a pitcher with a 3.34 ERA.
Kale Fountain, Freshman, Norris: The freshman can play. Fountain, a Florida State baseball commit, is batting .337 with five home runs and 33 RBIs. He has 32 hits on the season.
Landon Meyer, Junior, Norris: Meyer has power, and he’s showed it off with a team-high six home runs this season. He’s batting .348 with 31 RBIs and 32 hits. The talented ball player can also pitch, as he’s 7-0 with a 1.78 ERA.
Nick Wiepen, Senior, Omaha Skutt Catholic: The SkyHawks (17-6) are the No. 3 seed and are led by Wiepen, who is batting .393 with three home runs and 15 RBIs. The Des Moines Area Community College baseball commit is also 3-2 on the mound with a 1.00 ERA and 38 strikeouts.
Cade Barton, Senior, Omaha Skutt Catholic: Barton, an Emporia State baseball commit, does a little bit of everything for head coach Tim Lackovic’s club. Barton is batting .364 at the plate with 20 hits and 16 RBIs. He’s also a solid pitcher — he’s 7-0 with a 0.38 ERA and a team-high 62 strikeouts.
Ethan Grossjung, Senior, Omaha Skutt Catholic: Grossjung is tied with Sam Borsh for the team lead in home runs with three. He’s batting .329 with 16 RBIs and 23 hits. He also has the most doubles on the club with seven.
Nolan Sailors, Senior, Ralston: Sailors, a Creighton baseball commit, is turning heads. He’s batting .473 with seven home runs, 38 RBIs and 43 hits — that includes 10 doubles and five triples.
Josh Kilzer, Senior, Ralston: Dangerous with the ball and a bat, Kilzer, a Wayne State College baseball commit, leads Ralston (20-7) into the tournament as the No. 5 seed. Kilzer is batting .405 with 26 RBIs and 30 hits. On the mound, he has a 1.47 ERA and a team-best 66 strikeouts in 43 innings.
Garrett White, Junior, Ralston: White is one of Ralston’s top pitchers as he owns a 1.81 ERA in 50 1/3 innings of work. He has 63 strikeouts against only nine walks.