Earlier this month, the Minnesota River Conference named its 2019 All-Conference Baseball and Softball Teams.
Two athletes from the Belle Plaine High School Baseball Team were chosen - Luke Luskey, a freshman, and Dylan Kahle, a junior. Both served as either a pitcher or infielder as needed.
Luke Luskey was the top hitter for the Tigers and led in almost all offensive categories. He hit .435 with an on-base percentage of .583. He had a .769 slugging percentage in MRC play and scored 13 runs and drove in 12, while hitting three doubles, two triples and two homeruns. Besides pitching in six games in a relief role and earning two wins, Luskey played several different spots in the infield, depending on what the Tigers needed, and did a good job making many tough plays. Luke is the son of Tim and Becky Luskey.
Dylan Kahle had a very good year overall and was a top player both offensively and defensively. He hit .342 with eight runs and 10 RBI in conference play, hitting three doubles and a triple as well as stealng five bases. In addition to being the team’s everyday third baseman and making big plays all year, Kahle also pitched in relief. As a solid team leader for the young and inexperienced Tigers, he helped teach what it takes to compete on a varsity level. Dylan is the son of Todd and Ann Kahle.
Earning All-Conference Honorable Mention from Belle Plaine was Joey Burgemeister, a sophomore catcher.
Representing Belle Plaine High School on the MRC All-Conference Softball Team was Jessica Brueggemeier, a senior pitcher.
Jessica pitched the majority of the games and confidently threw a curve, rise, and change for the Tigers all season. She had to pitch multiple games each week and also throw in practice. With the Tigers struggling defensively, she was the one whom the team relied on to get out of innings with her mental toughness both on and off the mound. Although her stats were not as great as other pitchers in the conference, Jessica was one of the major reasons why the Tigers were able to battle as hard as they did this season; she was the winning pitcher in three out of the team’s five wins.
Earning All-Conference Honorable Mention from Belle Plaine was Lauren Johnson, a sophomore catcher.