Pioneers News · 2019 News Herald Baseball Team


DREAM TEAM

Kevin Tuttle, Richard: Tuttle, a senior, earned Division 3 First-Team All-State honors for the second year in a row. In addition, he is making his third consecutive appearance on the News-Herald Dream Team. He wrapped up 2019 with a .424 batting average, with 28 total hits, and he had 12 RBIs, 10 stolen bases and 16 runs scored. Along the way, eight of his hits went for doubles and he tripled once. Defensively, Tuttle shined as the team’s catcher the last two years. During his career he also came up big at shortstop and in center field for the Pioneers. He will continue his baseball career at the Division 1 level, as he has signed on with Central Michigan University.

 

Jacob Gosen, Richard: Gosen earned Division 3 All-State honors for the second year in a row. A first-team all-state selection this season, the senior started in center field. He had a knack for tracking down anything hit his way and made several outstanding plays for the Pioneers during the year. Offensively, he finished with a batting average of .410, with 34 total hits, and he had 15 RBIs, one home run, 22 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, 15 RBIs and 17 walks. Along the way, five of his hits went for triples and he doubled eight times.

 

FIRST TEAM

Cole Atkinson, Richard: Atkinson, a junior, stepped up as Richard’s No. 1 starting pitcher for a majority of the 2019 season. The All-Catholic and all-region honoree had a record of 5-1 on the mound and posted an ERA of 0.88 in 47.2 innings of work. He also struck out 38 batters and had a WHIP of 1.01. He threw a complete-game shutout against rival Cabrini in the CHSL semifinals. Offensively, Atkinson finished with a batting average of .387, with 29 total hits, and he had 20 RBIs, eight runs scored and three stolen bases.

 

SECOND TEAM

Matt Silka, Richard: Despite missing time with an injury, Silka still put up impressive numbers in 2019. The senior pitcher threw 31.2 total innings and never gave up an earned run. He had a record of 4-1, with one save, and finished with 44 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.57. Early on he threw two no-hitters, which came against strong Bishop Foley and Lutheran North teams. In the regional semis, he came on in extra innings and earned the victory. In the regional final he took over in the seventh and threw 6.1 dominant innings against Ann Arbor Greenhills. Just before taking the mound against Greenhills, he hit a bases-loaded double that tied the game. One year earlier, Silka helped guide the Pioneers to a state title. He threw a one-hitter in the state championship game and overall was 8-0 with 93 strikeouts in 2018 and earned first-team all-state honors.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: Frank Klamerus, Nico Maloney