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Harrisburg baseball puts five players on SIRR Ohio All-Conference Team

  • Harrisburg's Presley Gauch was one of five Bulldog baseball players to be named to the SIRR Ohio All-Conference baseball team earlier this week.

    Harrisburg's Presley Gauch was one of five Bulldog baseball players to be named to the SIRR Ohio All-Conference baseball team earlier this week.
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By Michael Dann mdann@dailyregister.com
updated: 6/5/2018 3:20 PM

Presley Gauch and Isaac Crabb were both named to the Southern Illinois River-To-River Ohio All-Conference Baseball Team, which was released earlier in the week.

The two Bulldogs were joined by teammates Dalton Lambert, Carson Burtis and Jack Martin.

Gauch hit .271 on the year for the Bulldogs with an on-base percentage of .408 and a slugging percentage of .427.

Gauch finished the year with 26 hits in 96 at bats and had nine double and two home runs to go along with 21 RBI to go with 20 runs scored.

Crabb hit .373 with an on-base percentage of .476 and a slugging percentage of .490.

At the plate, the sophomore had 38 hits in 102 at bats with 34 singles and four home runs. Crabb finished with 22 RBI and seven runs scored.

Crabb did a majority of his duties behind the plate for Harrisburg this year, but he did work 22.1 innings on the mound for the Bulldogs, compiling a record of 2-2 with two saves. He finished the season with a .348 ERA and allowed 23 hits and 19 runs (11 earned) with 19 strikeouts and 13 walks.

Lambert led the Bulldogs with a .443 batting average this year and finished with an on-base percentage of .504 and a slugging percentage of .691.

At the plate, Lambert had 43 hits in 97 at bats and finished with a team-high 32 RBI and team-high 31 runs scored. He hit 13 doubles, one triple and three home runs on the year.

On the bump, Lambert had the Bulldogs' lowest ERA on the year at 1.145, but only came on late in the season and pitched 18.1 innings. He was 4-0 with two saves, while allowing 14 hits, five runs (thee earned) to go along with 25 strikeouts and four walks.

Burtis finished his senior campaign with a .302 batting average and .417 on-base percentage to go along with a .360 slugging percentage.

Burtis had 26 hits on the year, 21 of which were singles as the other five were doubles. He also had 15 RBI and 13 runs scored.

On the mound, Burtis had the second lowest ERA at 1.304. He pitched 53.2 innings and went 7-2 for Harrisburg with one save. He allowed 39 hits and 20 runs (10 earned), while striking out 73 and walking 26.

Jack Martin, a sophomore, had a 398 batting average to go along with a .487 on-base percentage and a .462 slugging percentage. He had 37 hits, 31 were singles, while six were doubles. He knocked in 20 runs and scored 24 runs.

Martin saw eight innings of work on the mound this year. He allowed nine hits and six runs, while walking four.

Lambert will be continuing his baseball career at Olney Central Community College. Burtis will be playing nearby at Southeastern Illinois College next season.

This past year, Harrisburg went 23-11 and won the school's 24th regional title with a 2-1 win over Carmi. The Bulldogs were then knocked out of the sectional by Nashville.

Benton, which on the Ohio Division, put all six of its senior on the team, including Parker Williams, Gehrig When, Brett Bonenberger, Ian McMahon, Zach Avery and Hamilton Page.

After Harrisburg's five, West Frankfort also put five on the team, including Connor Eaton, Logan Elko, Bryson Dorris, Tyson Broy and Brogan Rains. Massac County had four players, Jase Mizell, Nate Wetzell, Zach Travis and Cole Patterson.

Murphysboro had three players, Brandon Caldwell, Corbin Guthman and Kenny Peterein and Herrin rounded out the list with Cameron Damico, Trenton Stucker and Nick Hunter.

Michael Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois Local Media News Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.