The New Bloomfield baseball team had several players honored by the Show-Me Conference this week.
Junior Lucas Buscher was selected to the first team and senior Breycin Dysart and junior Ashton Schuster were second-team selections. Junior Michael Saleny was named an honorable mention.
As the No. 3 hitter and shortstop, Buscher led the team in various categories at the plate. He owned a slash line of .365/.506/.635 along with a 1.141 OPS — the only OPS on the team to go north of 1.000. His 23 hits, 19 RBI, 19 runs, 17 BB and 10 doubles also were top marks for the team.
He was also selected to the Class 2 District 9 first team.
"Lucas has been a go-to guy for our lineup and someone who always comes up with the big hit when we need it," New Bloomfield head coach Justin Forsythe said. "I look forward to seeing how Lucas develops as he goes into his senior year."
New Bloomfield's next leading run-producer was Dysart with his 17 RBI. Dysart also ranked second on the team with his 21 hits but also worked to prevent hits.
As a member of the Wildcats' staff, Dysart was second on the team in ERA at 3.60, allowing 32 hits and 18 earned runs ina team-leading 35 innings. He was also able to miss bats as he led the team in strikeouts with 53 — 14 more than the second-best mark.
This is Dysart's second all-conference selection and was also selected to the all-district first team.
"I can't thank Breycin enough for all his hard work and dedication to our program," Forsythe said. "He will be missed both in our lineup and on the mound next year."
Schuster was another standout on the mound for New Bloomfield. He led the team in ERA at 2.80 and 12 earned runs allowed. He started six games, which was one behind team-leader Dysart's seven.
Schuster's performance at the plate was also near the top as he ranked second on the team with a .327 batting average and .471 on base percentage. He stole a team-leading 10 bases.
He was also selected to the all-district second team.
"Ashton has held down third base for us since he's been a freshman," Forsythe said. "His growth as a player can be seen in this selection. He brings a strong bat to the middle of our lineup. Ashton also gives us a chance to compete each night he takes the mound for us."
Saleny also started six games for the Wildcats, but he was a bigger factor at the plate, with his second-best .970 OPS. His slugging percentage was .597 — second behind Buscher. Saleny trailed only Buscher in extra base hits, tied his with his two triples and surpassed him with his three home runs. He and Buscher were the only Wildcats to drive the ball out of the park this season.
Saleny was also selected to the all-district second team.
"Michael had one of our best bats all season," Forsythe said. "He was a consistent force in the middle of our lineup and someone we look forward to in taking some big steps going into his senior year."
The Wildcats played to a 9-13 record in a season where they began with a 3-4 record, with three of their first four games being postponed. They defeated Vienna 3-1 in the Class 2 District 9 tournament in May before losing to the No. 1 ranked Iberia 4-3. They had a 1-4 conference record.