Pershing County High School baseball coach Will Barter took to the stage at awards night on Monday, May 21.
He began by thanking Russell and Dave Fecht, Tom Donaldson, Jared Jensen and Alex Canchola.
“They came out and helped a young team this year,” he said. “Hopefully, they stick with it and keep helping us.”
“Can I have the baseball team come up?” he asked next.
Coach Barter introduced Sebastien Donaldson as “the hardest working kid that I’ve had in two years of baseball.”
“I expect good things out of Sebastien in the next couple years,” added the coach.
Tim Fecht, a freshman, played outfield and second base.
“Tim came along huge this year,” said Barter. “He’s another one we’re expecting a lot of.”
Jordan Gentry caught and played first base for the Mustangs.
“I expect three more years of good baseball from Jordan,” said Barter.
Dylan Hultenschmidt, a junior, also caught for the Mustangs.
“Dylan has done a great job for the last three years, and we’re hoping he sticks with it,” said the coach.
Logan Oberman had not played ball since his T-Ball years, Coach Barter noted.
“He came out and wasn’t too sure of himself,” he continued. “But by the end of the year, Logan was right in the middle of it – throwing the ball, catching the ball and hitting the ball.
Blake Barter played second base and moved into catching.
Coach Barter described third baseman Ben Plimpton as “an absolute joy to coach.”
Jordan Gentry, Tim Fecht, Sebastien Donaldson, Drew Gilliland and Logan Oberman made the All-State Academic team in baseball.
Kyle Barter made second-team, all-conference. Sebastien Donaldson, Dylan Hultenschmidt and Ben Plimpton earned honorable mentions.
Kyle Barter and Ben Plimpton also won personal achievement awards for overcoming obstacles to achieve success. Also, Kyle Barter earned kudos as the Block P Most Improved Male Athlete.
“Last but not least I need to thank of the parents,” said Coach Barter in closing. This team is one of the most coachable teams I’ve ever worked with. They’re all good kids, and I can’t thank you guys enough — the 2018 Pershing County baseball team.”
The Pershing County baseball team closed its 2018 season ranked 4-22 overall, and 4-17 in the 2A Northern league.
The Mustangs missed out on the Northern 2A postseason tournament this spring.