Bratland, Folz repeat; Peterson also All-SEC

From left are Alex Folz (All-SEC, 2nd year), Carter Bratland (All-SEC, 2nd year), Nic Peterson (All-SEC) and Sam Sanness (Honorable Mention)
By : 
S. Lee Epps

Carter Bratland and Alex Folz were named to the all-conference baseball team for a second straight season, joined this year by Nic Peterson. Sam Sanness received honorable mention. 

Folz and Bratland are not alone as half of the 12 First Team players are repeat selections, including four-year honoree Reed Davis of Schaeffer Academy.

Folz, a junior, was on the mound about 40 percent of the time with 34 and 2/3 innings pitched and a team-best ERA of 1.82. When not pitching, he was capable of playing anywhere but was most often found at third base.

He led the Lions in runs scored (19), stolen bases (10), slugging percentage (.568) and tied for the lead in extra-base hits (6), including a home run.

Folz ranked a very strong second with a .364 batting average and .453 on-base percentage.

Bratland, a sophomore, was on both ends of the battery as the starting catcher who also pitched about a fourth of the season. 

At the plate, he led the Lions in on-base percentage (.500), reaching base half of the time. That reflects not only his hefty .316 batting average but also a team-high 12 walks. He ranked third with 10 runs batted in (RBIs) and had one of the team’s three home runs.

On the mound, Bratland had the Lions' leading strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.17) with 38 strikeouts and only 12 bases on balls. He had the second best earned run average (ERA) of 2.78 and was credited with four pitching wins and one loss.

Bratland had a strong .960 fielding percentage, and while behind the plate, proved capable of making diving catches of foul balls.

Peterson, a junior, made the move from last season's duty in left field to anchor the 2018 infield as the starting shortstop, where he responded with an .895 fielding percentage. 

He led the team in batting average (.368) and RBIs (13) and ranked second in both runs scored (14) and stolen bases (8).

Sanness, a senior, moved into the starting lineup at first base with an exceptional fielding percentage of .962.

He was always a long-ball threat at the plate and ranked  second on the team with a .500 slugging percentage and 11 RBIs. Sanness had the third best batting average of .342 and on-base percentage of .444.

Finishing first and second in the SEC standings, Randolph and Spring Grove each had three First Team selections - all with eligibility remaining for 2019. 

But with only two of this year's First Team honorees being seniors, six of the seven teams have at least one All-SEC player returning next spring.


All-SEC Baseball 2018


AndrewWenstrom, jr. IF/P, 3rd yr.

NickDrinken, soph. IF/P

IsaacStoesz, jr. OF

>>Spring Grove

AlexFolz, jr. P/IF, 2nd yr.

CarterBratland, soph. C/P, 2nd yr.

NicPeterson, jr. SS


TaylorArett, sr. 3b/P, 2nd yr.

ColeWalter, frosh 2b/P


ReedDavis, sr. OF/P, 4th yr.

RileyGora, jr. SS/P, H.M. ’16 & ‘17


DawsonDahlum, soph. SS


Drew Wyffels, jr. P/OF, 3rd yr.


DamonCarrier(Hou) sr. 3b, 2nd yr.

KadeSwartz(SA) sr. 3b

JedNelson(L/P) frosh IF/P

DaneEhleringer(Ran) soph. OF/P

SamSanness(SG) sr. 1b

KalebBendickson(GE/AC) sr. C

LoganRichardson(M-C), sr. P/IF, 2nd yr.



Randolph…….11-0 (17-2 season)

Spring Grove….9-3 (10-5 season)

Lyle/Pacelli……7-5 (13-8 season)

Schaeffer……...6-5 (14-8 season)

Houston……….4-8 (5-11 season)

G-E/A-C……….2-10 (2-15 season)

Mabel-Canton...1-9 (2-13 season)