Seven Pioneers made the News Herald Baseball Team. Both Brennan Cox and Kevin Tuttle made the Dream Team, while five others made the first and second team. Senior, Brennan Cox was also named First Team All State.
Brennan Cox, Richard: Cox was lights out on the mound and picked up D3 First-Team All-State honors. The standout senior lefty was 7-1, with one save, and he posted an ERA of 0.69 in 64 innings of work. Along the way the Wayne State-signee struck out 89 batters and threw a no-hitter in the district championship game against rival Cabrini. His lone defeat was a complete-game effort against eventual-state champ Bishop Foley.
Kevin Tuttle, Richard: Only a sophomore, Tuttle led the high-powered Richard offense in 2017 and he shined in the field. He batted .476, with 45 total hits, and had 24 RBIs, 39 runs scored and eight stolen bases. Along the way Tuttle only struck out four times in 94 at bats. At shortstop he finished with a fielding percentage of .932.
Jacob Hanoian, Richard: Hanoian was a big reason for Richard’s success in 2017. The senior infielder hit leadoff and finished with a batting average of .395, with 36 total hits, and he scored 36 times. He only struck out seven times in a total of 96 at bats. In the regional championship win over Dundee, Hanoian went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, along with four runs scored, a stolen base and a walk.
Zach Loewengruber, Richard: Loewengruber capped off his high school athletic career with a big season on the baseball diamond. The senior outfielder hit .397, with 33 total hits, and he scored 29 runs. He also finished with a fielding percentage of .923.
Josh Tufts, Richard: After a big sophomore season at Richard, Tufts shined again for the team in 2017. The junior hit .395, with 29 total hits, and he drove in 26 runs. In the regional title game against Dundee, he was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Also a strong defensive catcher, Tufts consistently kept opposing runners in check.
Matt Silka, Richard: Silka combined with teammate Brennan Cox to form a lethal 1-2 punch at the top of the Richard rotation. The sophomore was 7-1 with an ERA of 1.90 and 49 strikeouts in 42 innings of work. His only loss was against eventual-state champion Bishop Foley in the state quarterfinals.
Zach Swain, Richard: Swain hit in the middle of the powerful Richard lineup in 2017 and played third base. The senior finished with a batting average of .387 and he drove in 29 runs. Swain also had a fielding percentage of .900.