The American Rivers Conference has announced the 2019 all-conference baseball team. Seven members of the Luther College team were selected to the 32-member all-conference team, five first-team honorees and two second-team selections.
First-team honorees included seniors Colin Coffey (Austin, Texas/Bowie), Jake Halverson (Rochester, Minn./John Marshall), Bryce Hingst (Waukee, Iowa), and Trent Athmann (Bird Island, Minn./BOLD), and freshman Luke Plunkett (Libertyville, Ill.). Coffey and Plunkett are making their first appearance on the all-conference team, while Halverson, Hingst and Athmann are now two-time all-conference selections.
Coffey led the Norse pitching staff in conference play posting a record of 4-2 and an ERA of 2.93. In 46 innings of work, he allowed 15 earned runs, struck out 35 and walked seven. Opponents batted .269 against him.
Plunkett started all 24 games behind the plate or as the designated hitter. He finished third in the league with a batting average of .374. He ranked first for rbi with 29 and doubles with 11. His slugging percentage of .615 ranked second. He was also ranked second for doubles with 11, home runs with three and total bases with 56.
Halverson, who was also a first-team honoree in 2018, finished fifth in the league with a batting average of .363 with 19 rbi. Defensively, he was credited with 30 putouts, 65 assists and five errors for a fielding percentage of .950 at shortstop.
Hingst, who was a second team selection at first base in 2017, moved from the position to third base this year, a position he had never played prior to the 2019 campaign. He batted .341 with 19 rbi and posted a slugging percentage of .500.
Athmann, a first-team honoree at catcher last season, also made a position switch to right field. When he did not start in right field, he returned to call pitches behind the plate. He batted .305 with 13 rbi and was credited with 67 putouts, eight assists and two errors for a fielding percentage of .974.
Cardamon, a first-team selection last year, posted a record of 4-3 with an ERA of 3.51. In 41 innings pitched, opponents batted .274. He struck out 36 and walked 10.
Vogt, who started every game in center field, was a second-team honoree at this same position in 2017. He led the league in stolen bases with 15, batted .263 with 11 rbi and defensively was credited with 46 putouts, 10 assists and no errors.
Honorable mention honors were also presented to freshman pitcher John Colucci III (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South). Colucci threw 29 2/3 innings, struck out 16 and walked seven en route to a record of 2-0 and an ERA of 1.82.
Luther finished the A-R-C schedule with a record of 15-9 tied for second place with Buena Vista University. The Norse were the No. 3 seed for the A-R-C Tournament where they posted a record of 1-2 and finished the year with an overall record of 23-20.