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Prep Baseball: Menomonie's Richartz named Big Rivers Conference Baseball Player of the Year
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Prep Baseball: Menomonie's Richartz named Big Rivers Conference Baseball Player of the Year

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Menomonie's Brigs Richartz (8) hits against Chippewa Falls during a game on April 16, 2019 at Lake Hallie.

Menomonie senior Brigs Richartz has been named as the Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year in baseball for the 2021 season.

The senior was also a first team all-conference selection at catcher is also a commit to play collegiately at the University of St. Thomas.

“Brigs had a phenomenal senior season both offensively and defensively,” Menomonie coach Mike King said. “He was also a great leader on and off the field. All of the postseason awards that Brigs is receiving have been well earned through all of his hard work.”

Richartz was joined in all-conference accolades by two other Mustang teammates with juniors Lucas Smith and Reed Styer.

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Menomonie's Lucas Smith makes a throw during a game at Chippewa Falls on May 18.

“Lucas had a strong second half of the season, he was a steady defender and provided some much needed offensive production at the plate,” King said.

Smith and Styer each played infield and pitcher this season for the Mustangs.

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Menomonie's Reed Styer swings at a pitch at Chippewa Falls on May 18.

“Reed had a very good junior year,” King said. “He was consistent on the mound, in the field and at the plate. He has the potential to have a great senior year.”

Hudson senior pitcher Owen Anderson was named the conference’s pitcher of the year.

All-Big Rivers ConferenceFirst Team—Pitcher: Owen Anderson, Hudson; Pitcher: Vincent Trapani, Eau Claire Memorial; Catcher: Brigs Richartz, Menomonie; Infielder: Jake Busson, Hudson; Infielder: Joe Kroeger, Rice Lake; Infielder: Michael Krueger, River Falls; Infielder: Dylan O’Connell, Eau Claire Memorial; Outfielder: Sam Erickson, Hudson; Outfielder: Campbell Kapanke, Eau Claire Memorial; Outfielder: Jaden Schwantz, River Falls; Utility: Caleb Gardow, Chi-Hi.

Second Team—Pitcher: Leo Burmeister, Chi-Hi; Pitcher: Keenan Mork, River Falls; Catcher: Kyler Hove, Hudson; Infielder: Sam Feck, Eau Claire North; Infielder: Ragan Pinnow, River Falls; Infielder: Peyton Platter, Eau Claire Memorial; Infielder: Owen Weadge, Hudson; Outfielder: Cole Bakkum, Eau Claire North; Outfielder: Sam Cleveland, River Falls; Outfielder: Ben Steinmetz, Chi-Hi; Utility: Luke Erickson, Eau Claire Memorial.

Honorable Mention—Chi-Hi: Trevor Bowe, Gavin Goodman. Eau Claire Memorial: Austin Baker, Jake Becker, Jack Redwine. Eau Claire North: Chad Kron, Andrew Milner, Roscoe Rennock, Henry Wilkinson. Hudson: Logan Von Berge, Gabe Walter. Menomonie: Lucas Smith, Reed Styer. Rice Lake: Alex Belongia, Matt Juza, Nolan Rowe, Easton Stone. River Falls: Michael Sherman.

Player of the Year—Brigs Richartz, Menomonie. Pitcher of the Year—Owen Anderson, Hudson.


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