American Legion Post 33 had a pretty good year coming up just short in their quest to make it to the State Tournament. Teams with a good record usually have good statistics and that's reflected in the Legion's stats.
St. James started out with the knock of being a light hitting team. That notion partly came from the fact the players on Post 33 were mostly players on the Saints High School team.
The SJA Saints this spring hit .226 as a team. Post 33 started out with similar numbers early in the Legion season and Coach Tim Pinke had the team play the way light hitting teams win - single, bunt, steal, sacrifice.
However, as the season wore on, Post 33 became a hitting team and finished the year with a robust .305 team batting average.
Better know for his pitching, Sam Carlson had slugger numbers. He hit .435 with an on base percentage of .506, a slugging percentage of .609 and an on base/slugging percentage (OPS) of 1.115. Without getting too specific, in the spring Sam hit below the Mendoza Line.
Walker Froehling hit .364 and had an OPS of .930.
Zach Brandts worked his way into the lineup as a regular by having monster numbers. He hit .346 with an OPS of .904. Brandts hit .217 as a part time player in the spring. Zach tied for the lead in triples with two. Froehling also had two.
Ryan Menssen hit .329 which was an improvement over the spring's .295. For the most part Ryan was 'hitting them where they were', as he struck out just once in 85 at bats.
John Olsen became a regular player in the summer and hit .324. Kyle Pinke hit .321.
Froehling, Menssen and Pinke tied for the team lead with 17 RBIs. Carlson had 16 ribbies and Olsen had 13. Sam led the team in hits with 30 and doubles with a dozen.
Carlson was the horse of the pitching staff too. He pitched 64.66 of the teams 176 innings. He tied with Froehling for the most wins with six. he went 6-3, Walker went 6-2 while pitching 47.66 innings.
A power pitcher, Sam struck out 86, Walker was second with 49. The team had 190 total strikeouts.
Carlson's ERA was 2.60 and Froehling's ERA was 1.76. Sam had the team's lowest WHIP - walks+hits/innings with 1.13 and a Walker had a WHIP of 1.20.
Jacob Ziemer proved to be a reliable third man in the rotation. He pitched 37 innings, with an ERA of 2.84, a WHIP of 1.27 and he struck out 26.
The team had an ERA of 2.35 with a WHIP of 1.27.