College Insider: Lakota East grads Senger, Almquist shining on Miami diamond

A pair of Lakota East High School graduates earned All-Mid-American Conference honors this spring as members of Miami University’s baseball team.

Junior catcher Hayden Senger was named to the first unit and the All-MAC Defensive Team, while junior pitcher Andy Almquist garnered a spot on the second team.

Senger had a .344 batting average with a team-leading 17 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 34 RBIs, 32 runs and eight steals. He made one error in 48 starts.

Almquist paced the RedHawks’ pitchers with six saves and appeared in 26 games out of the bullpen. He was 4-0 with a 5.26 earned run average, totaling 34 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.

Sophomore third baseman Landon Stephens (Hamilton) made 50 starts and hit .298. He led Miami in RBIs (46) and triples (four), also collecting 12 doubles, seven homers and 27 runs.

Junior outfielder Dallas Hall (Lakota West) started 50 games and hit .234 with 12 doubles, two triples, one home run, 22 RBIs and 13 steals.

MU finished 35-20 and lost to Kent State in the MAC tournament finals.

• Freshman utility player Jared Kauffman (Fenwick) and freshman pitcher Thomas House (Ross) made significant contributions to Eastern Michigan’s 22-34 season.

Kauffman played in 41 games and started 35, hitting .257 with six doubles, two triples, a home run, 15 RBIs and four stolen bases.

House led the pitching staff with four saves in 26 relief appearances. He was 0-4 with a 5.75 earned run average and notched 33 strikeouts in 36 innings.

Softball: Sophomore utility player Kelsey Warman (Ross) was among the leading hitters for Cincinnati Christian this season with a .374 average.

Warman had 13 doubles, a team-leading five triples, eight home runs, 39 RBIs and 41 runs for the Eagles (25-21).

Sophomore pitcher Brooke Wesley (Lakota West) had a 3-1 record with a 2.73 earned run average in 22 relief appearances. She struck out 18 in 33.1 innings and earned a River States Conference Scholar-Athlete award.

CCU won the National Christian College Athletic Association Midwest Regional and advanced to the NCCAA World Series in Botetourt, Va. The Eagles went 1-2 at the World Series.

• Three local players contributed to a 34-17 campaign at Georgetown (Ky.).

Freshman utility player Alexis Arnold (Monroe) hit .345 in 31 games. She made 17 starts and had three doubles and four RBIs.

Freshman pitcher Megan Brankamp (Lakota West) posted a 4-3 record with a 1.81 earned average. She started 11 games and made 10 relief appearances, totaling 69.2 innings.

Freshman Annie Campbell (Carlisle) saw limited playing time, but hit .500 (5-of-10) and drove in two runs.

Men's lacrosse: Capital senior attacker Brennan O'Callaghan (Lakota West) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second time.

He led the OAC in goals (66) and points (88) this season, despite missing two games with an injury, and totaled a career-low 19 turnovers as the NCAA Division III Crusaders went 9-7.

O’Callaghan topped the NCAA in all divisions with his 4.71 goals-per-game average in 2018. He is the OAC’s all-time leading scorer with 321 points (248 goals, 73 assists) and is a four-time first-teamer in the conference.

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