Crest baseball dominates Three Rivers League postseason honors

Eight of Crest High's nine baseball starters earned recognition by Three Rivers League coaches, and there's a powerful case the ninth player should have been included as well, head coach Roland Weir said. Three Lancer sophomores, Stetson Setter, Holden Barker and Trevor Church, also earned all-state honors.

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June 4, 2021 - 2:50 PM

Crest High's Stetson Setter earned first-team all-state and all-league honors for his baseball prowess this season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Occasionally, coaches have the luxury of coaching an all-star team, a squad of the best players around.

Crest High head coach Roland Weir nearly had that experience every time his Lancer squad suited up on the baseball diamond this season.

As can be expected, Crest’s 22-2 romp through the season brought several postseason accolades for his Lancers.

Eight of the nine Crest starters earned at least honorable mention for the All-Three Rivers League postseason team.

Four players — Holden Barker, Trevor Church, Tyson Hermreck and Stetson Setter — earned first-team all-league honors. Four others — Avery Blaufuss, Stratton McGhee, Kobey Miller and Rogan Weir — received honorable mention.

Funny thing is, Coach Weir expressed disappointment afterward that all of Crest’s starters warranted recognition.

The only player not included, Jack White, was deserving as well, Coach Weir said.

“I called him and told him that,” he said. “I thought we could have been deserving of one more all-league player, and that way Jack could have slid up to receive honorable mention.”

The Three Rivers League baseball honors included a pair of Yates Center High standouts as well. Sean Hurst and Tyler Green both earned honorable mention.

FROM ALL appearances, it looks like Crest will have ample opportunity to add to its hardware.

Three of the four first-teamers, Barker, Church and Setter, are sophomores.

As it so happens, those three also earned all-state recognition.

Barker earned first-team All-Class 2-1A as a designated hitter. Setter earned first-team all-state honors as an outfielder. Church was named to the second team all-state class as a pitcher.

Setter led Crest with a .522 average, racking up 36 hits in 69 at bats. He also pounded a team-high 11 doubles and tied for the team lead with h33 RBIs and 44 runs scored, while smacking three home runs and stealing 17 bases. He also started five games as a pitcher, and won all five, with a 1.54 ERA. Setter allowed 14 hits over 22 innings, with 39 strikeouts. Opponents batted .173 against Setter..

Barker hit at a .420 clip, with 29 hits in 69 at bats, with 33 RBIs and 44 runs. He smacked eight doubles and five triples, with two home runs. He also stole 13 bases.

Church went 7-1 on the season, with a 0.34 ERA, striking out 60 over 40 innings, while limiting opposing batters to a .126 batting average. 

At the plate, Church hit .375 with 21 RBIs, eight doubles, two triples and scored 36 runs. He stole 11 bases.

Hermreck, the only senior on Crest’s squad to earn first-team all-league recognition, batted .343 — 23 of 67 — with three doubles, a triple and a home run. He also was among a stable of talented Lancer pitchers, going 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA. Hermreck struck out 14 batters in 12 innings, and opponents to a 1.70 batting average. As a bit of a statistical oddity, Hermreck was hit by more pitches (9) than the times he struck out (8).

Crest High sophomore Holden Barker earned all-state and all-league honors for his work on the baseball diamond. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Crest High sophomore Trevor Church earned second-team all-state honors and first-team all-Three Rivers League recognition in 2021. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Crest High’s Tyson Hermreck earned first-team All-Three Rivers League honors this baseball season. Photo by Richard Luken
Crest High’s Stratton McGhee earned honorable mention for the Three Rivers League baseball team. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Crest High senior Kobe Miller earned honorable mention from the Three Rivers League for his work on the baseball diamond. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Avery Blaufuss of Crest High earned Three Rivers League honorable mention this season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Rogan Weir, Crest freshman, earned honorable mention for the Three Rivers League baseball team in 2021. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Sean Hurst earned honorable mention for his work on the baseball diamond for Yates Center High this season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Tyler Green earned honorable mention by Three Rivers League baseball coaches this season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
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AS Crest’s starting catcher, Blaufuss, racked up a .429 batting average, 21 of 49, while driving in 27. The sophomore also had six doubles. Behind the plate, he gunned down four of 12 base-stealers.

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