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Five Fulton baseball players make all-district

by Robby Campbell | May 23, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Fulton's Dusty Hagens celebrates on the mound in the Hornets' district championship game against Fatima Tuesday at Southern Boone High School in Ashland. Hagens won two of Fulton's three district games, en route to the Hornets winning their first district title since 2016. (Courtesy/Shawley Photography)

In a district with two state champions and three currently state-ranked teams, the Fulton Hornets impressively had five players make all-district, announced the Fulton Hornets Baseball Twitter account Monday.

Dusty Hagens led the group of five Hornets, tossing a six-inning no-hitter and earning the win in two of Fulton's three district tournament victories.

Hagens went 6-1 this season with three saves in 49 innings pitched. Additionally, he recorded a team-high 72 strikeouts and a 2.00 ERA. He notched a .240 batting average at the plate, four extra-base hits, 16 RBI (team-high), and seven runs.

"Best pitcher on (the) staff," Fulton coach Jacob Lorentzen said. "He had been lights out (and) had a no-hitter versus district champion Eldon. Threw 12 strikeouts in (the) championship of our district -- season-high."

Rounding out Fulton's seniors on the all-district team was Walker Gohring, who also had a solid season on the bump.

Gohring went 4-1 with a save in 35⅓ innings pitched this season. He also registered 41 strikeouts, left 37 runners on base and had a 2.97 ERA. Offensively, Gohring tallied a .239 batting average, five doubles (team-high), 13 RBI and 13 runs.

"Mr. Fulton!" Lorentzen said. "This kid has ice in his veins. He has RBI game-winning hits this year twice with bases loaded."

Another upperclassman with a solid season both on the bump and at the plate was Hornets junior Ethan Burt.

Burt had a 4-1 record with a save in 24⅔ innings pitched this season. Additionally, Burt notched 32 strikeouts and a 3.24 ERA. He recorded a .343 batting average at the plate, a .471 on-base percentage (team-high), five extra-base hits, 13 RBI and 22 runs (team-high).

"Best year he has had with one more to go," Lorentzen said. He has been the guy to do work on the offensive side of things all year. He has top-notch speed."

Fulton's Ethan Milius was an up-and-coming sophomore who showed what he could do on the diamond as a pitcher, hitter and baserunner.

In 26⅔ innings of work, Milius went 2-3 with a save while notching 22 strikeouts and a 4.20 ERA this season. At the plate, he tallied a .359 batting average (team-high), a .469 slugging percentage (team-high), five extra-base hits, 12 RBI, 18 runs and 11 stolen bases (team-high).

"Hit (in the) middle of the lineup all year," Lorentzen said. "Has had some big hits throughout the season. He has pitched well when we needed it and is not afraid of anyone or any situation. Will be a big piece in the future."

Last but not least was Wyatt Wilfley, who did the dirty work and helped set the tone for the Hornets' offense.

This season, Wilfley had a .221 batting average (leadoff hitter who hit the ball hard), five extra-base hits, 14 RBI, 18 runs and was struck by six pitches (team-high).

"Hardest working kid on staff," Lorentzen said. "He is the first to the field and the last out every day. He is Mr. Baseball (and) loves the game. (The) average looks low, but people know his bat and how hard baseballs come off it. He makes lots of loud outs. Set the tone for us at the top of the lineup."

These five Hornets helped Fulton win its first district title since 2016 this season. The Hornets aim to make state for the first time since 2016.

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