Chiefs baseball nabs post-season honors
Sugar Groveâ€“Seven Waubonsee Community College baseball players recently received post-season honors. Chiefs’ shortstop Mike Ray, outfielders Ryan Adams and Camden Decker, third baseman Ryan Payne, second baseman Jon Mueller, catcher Jason Schnulle and designated hitter Ryne Rende were recognized by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA Region IV Division III committee.
Ray, a sophomore from Sycamore, was tabbed All-ISCC First Team after hitting .444 in league action. The right-handed batter was also selected to the All-Region IV First Team, finishing the season with a robust .459 batting average in 37 games played, the third-highest single-season batting average in Waubonsee baseball history. Ray also scored 49 runs, drove in 38 runs, had a .541 on-base percentage, a .639 slugging percentage, booked 61 hits, and smacked 11 doubles, five triples and a home run. The fleet-footed infielder was perfect on the base paths, swiping 26 bases in 26 attempts.
Adams, a freshman from Geneva, was an All-ISCC Honorable Mention selection and was named to the All-Region IV Second Team. The Chiefs’ lead-off batter set a new Waubonsee single-season record for walks with 45, eclipsing Scott Kawall’s mark of 43 set in 1986. Adams finished the season with a .356 batting average, a team-leading on-base percentage of .556, and 24 stolen bases in 27 attempts. The left-handed hitting centerfielder also scored 52 runs, the fifth- highest single-season total in Chiefs’ baseball history.
Decker was named All-ISCC Honorable Mention and chosen to the All-Region IV First Team. A left-handed hitter from Waubonsie Valley High School, Decker batted .372 on the season with a team-leading 41 runs batted in. The freshman stroked 10 doubles and compiled a .512 slugging percentage.
Payne, another freshman from Geneva, was also tabbed All-ISCC Honorable Mention. The right-handed hitter struggled early in the spring before finishing strong en route to batting .297 overall. Payne drove in 30 runs and struck out just six times in 147 plate appearances, an average of just once every 24.5 times at bat.
Mueller, a graduate of Elk Grove High School, was the fifth Chiefs’ player recognized by the conference, also earning All-ISCC Honorable Mention and All-Region IV Second Team status. The left-handed batter finished with a .366 average with 49 hits, 37 runs scored, 26 runs knocked in and a dozen stolen bases.
Schnulle, a freshman from Woodstock High School, was tabbed All-Region IV Second Team. The Chiefs’ catcher batted .298 with seven doubles and three home runs, while driving in 35 runs on just 31 hits during the season.
Rende, a graduate of Coal City High School, was named to the All-Region IV Second Team. The Chiefs’ designated hitter finished with a .327 batting average, knocking in 28 runs, scoring 26 more, and ripping eight doubles to go along with a pair of home runs.