The 2020 All-Southeast Conference baseball teams were released last week. The league also released the players who qualified to be on the All-Academic list.
The Burlington Grayhounds had a good first year in its return to the league, but the Mt. Pleasant Panthers let them know how tough the road would be as the two teams tied for the league title with 8-2 records. There could be debate as to the outright champion because Burlington swept its meeting with Mt. Pleasant, but lost to the Washington Demons and the Fort Madison Bloodhounds. The Panthers only lost to Burlington and not two other teams. Officially, it was a co-championship.
Nine of the 13 players on the first team were from those conference co-champions in Mt. Pleasant and Burlington, but six were from Mt. Pleasant. Washington had two selections while Fort Madison and Keokuk had one apiece.
Mt. Pleasant’s players on the first team were Nik Coble, Jaxon Hoyle, Clayton Lowery, Rylan Seberg, Chase Williamson and Brennan Bender. Washington’s two on the first team were Ethan Patterson and Reece Mayer.
The Fairfield Trojans had two players on the second team as did Washington. Mt. Pleasant had one.
The Southeast Conference Player of the Year was Tyson Powers of Burlington. Powers led the league in batting average at .480. He was one of four in the league who did not commit an error. Fairfield’s Elan Ledger was one other as were two Bloodhounds.
Of Mt. Pleasant’s first team selections, Coble led the league in home runs with four. No one else had more than two. He also had the most runs batted in with 26. Powers was second at 23. Mt. Pleasant’s Seberg and Washington’s Mayer, both first team selections, tied for third with 17.
Seberg scored the most runs with 22 and Panthers teammate and fellow first team pick Lowery was a close second at 21. Lowery connected on the most doubles with eight and the most triples with four. Mayer was tied for second in triples with Fairfield’s Drew Martin and Washington teammate Luke Turner with three. Washington’s Patterson, a first team pick as the utility player, and Mayer were tied for fourth in doubles with five.
Mt. Pleasant landed two pitchers on the first team in Coble and Hoyle. They led the league in innings pitched with Hoyle at 35 2/3 and Coble at 31 2/3. Hoyle led the SEC in wins with five and had an earned run average of 1.18. Coble had three wins and his ERA was 0.66. Coble had the most strikeouts with 41 and Hoyle was second at 36. Patterson was fourth with 27 Ks. Turner was third with 35.
Mt. Pleasant’s first team outfielder Chase Williamson and Washington’s Brady Knutson, who led the league in on base percentage at .587, reached base seven times each when hit by a pitch. Williamson was fourth in OBP at .540.
Williamson (12) and Seberg (10) were first and second in stolen bases.
Fairfield’s Matthew Swanson led the league in reaching base by a walk with 18. Knutson was second in walks with 16. Mt. Pleasant’s Brennan Bender, a first team selection as the designated hitter whose OBP was eighth at .478, was third in walks with 15.
There were three pitchers chosen for each of the first and second teams and one catcher, one designated hitter and a utility player. Four infielders and three outfielders apiece were also named to each of the teams. Two players from each of the league’s six teams were selected for honorable mention.
Washington saw six of its players on the academic list while Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield had five apiece.
2020 Southeast Conference Baseball
P Nik Coble, senior, Mt Pleasant
P Jaxon Hoyle, senior, Mt Pleasant
P Juan Reyes, sophomore, Burlington
C Miller Giesler, sophomore, Keokuk
INF Jason Thurman, junior, Fort Madison
INF Tyson Powers, senior, Burlington
INF Clayton Lowery, senior, Mt Pleasant
INF Mateo Rascon, freshman, Burlington
OF Rylan Seberg, senior, Mt Pleasant
OF Reece Mayer, junior, Washington
OF Chase Williamson, junior, Mt Pleasant
DH Brennen Bender, junior, Mt Pleasant
UTL Ethan Patterson, freshman, Washington
Player of the Year Tyson Powers, Burlington, senior
P Kane Williams, sophomore, Fort Madison
P Lucas Kroll, sophomore, Washington
P Matt Hopper, junior, Fort Madison
C Landes Williams, junior, Fort Madison
INF Taylor Bunton, junior, Burlington
INF Corbin Broeker, senior, Mt Pleasant
INF Luke Turner, senior, Washington
INF Vasin Thurman, junior, Fort Madison
OF Brock Dengler, sophomore, Burlington
OF Drew Martin, senior, Fairfield
OF Reiburn Turnbull, sophomore, Fort Madison
DH Brandon Reichelt senior, Fort Madison
UTL Nate Smithburg, sophomore, Fairfield
Brady Knutson, senior, Washington
Trevor Quigley, senior, Washington
Jack Johnson, junior, Mt. Pleasant
Dalton Gardner, junior, Mt. Pleasant
Carter Ferrel, senior, Fairfield
Cameron Ledger, senior, Fairfield
Tate Johnson, sophomore, Fort Madison
Jace Burgher, senior, Fort Madison
Mason Fort, senior, Burlington
Jacob Zahner, sophomore, Burlington
Josh Wills, sophomore, Keokuk
Corey Skinner, junior, Keokuk
Drew Martin, Fairfield
Matthew Swanson, Fairfield
Brad Smithburg, Fairfield
Brody Angstead, Fairfield
Wyatt Baker, Fairfield
Myles Jones, Washington
Reece Mayer, Washington
Brady Knutson, Washington
Trevor Quigley, Washington
Caleb Tanner, Washington
Luke Turner, Washington
Will Edeker, Mt. Pleasant
Dalton Gardner, Mt. Pleasant
Jack Johnson, Mt. Pleasant
Nik Coble, Mt. Pleasant
Rylan Seberg, Mt. Pleasant
Brandon Reichelt, Fort Madison
Jason Thurman, Fort Madison
Vaisn Thurman, Fort Madison
Taylor Bunton, Burlington
Mason Fort, Burlington
Brendon Hale, Burlington
Hunter Johnson, Burlington
Michael Mercer, Burlington
Jacob Venvertloh, Burlington
Corey Skinner, Keokuk
Final Southeast Conference Standings
Team Record Conf.
Mt. Pleasant 15-7 8-2
Burlington 9-7 8-2
Fort Madison 7-3 11-7
Washington 9-8 5-5
Fairfield 4-17 2-8
Keokuk 1-17 0-10