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LP-A baseball finishes best season

The Lake Park-Audubon baseball team came off one of its best seasons with its first above .500 record of 8-7.

It’s the most wins posted by a Raider team, which was keyed by senior Mason Swegarden, who leaves as the best LP-A player hands down.

“In my mind, Mason was the best player in the Pine to Prairie Conference and the immediate area,” said LP-A head coach Sean Degerstrom. “Although he had three losses on the mound, in all three he gave up just one earned run, the rest were unearned.”

Swegarden finished with a 4-3 record, while posting a 0.71 ERA, with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 89-15, which breaks his school record from last year.

The senior Raider also led the team with a .478 batting average and 10 RBIs.

Mitchell Hall also had a strong year at the plate with a .395 average and six RBIs, along with Michael Vohnoutka who batted .348 and Tim Brekken at .340.

“Our defense also improved over years past, but it’s something they will need to continue to work on,” Degerstrom said. “Aaron Felker was also our Captain Clutch, because anytime we needed a run he was up to bat and he produced with 10 RBIs and four game-winning hits.”

Of Hall’s 17 hits on the season, 10 of them were of the infield sorts.

“Our one problem with the rest of our pitching staff was consistently throwing strikes,” Degerstrom said. “That probably was our biggest downfall, along with some untimely errors.

“Overall, it was a building year for us. Yes, we will lose Mason, but we played a lot of young players and we are basically bringing back eight starters.”

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.