Charlie Bartholomew was named Most Valuable Player of Mahtomedi’s state champion baseball team and headed a list of five all-conference players, announced coach Robert Garry.
Bartholomew, senior catcher, batted .379, drove home 16 runs, and anchored a very efficient Zephyr defense with expert handling of pitchers and a rifle arm that curtailed opponents’ base running.
Also named all-conference were Austin Jerylo (senior, P-3B), Sam Jenson (sr OF), Jamie Berg (senior, OF) and Henry Laue (senior, 1B).
Getting honorable mention were Leo Bustos (sophomore, P-LF), Adam Devore (senior, DH) and Carter Shook (senior, SS).
Jenson got the team awards for top rookie and most improved. Alex Ganz (senior OF) was named teammate of the year. Laue got the coaches award.
Named to the all-state tournament team were Bustos, Jerylo and Berg.
Mahtomedi was state Class 3A champion, after winning Metro East Conference and Section 4AAA crowns, and had a 21-4 record.
Berg and Jenson each hit .413 to lead the team. Berg was 31-for-75 with 15 RBI’s and led with 22 runs. Jenson was 19-for-46 with 11 RBI’s. Jerylo hit .333 and led with 22 RBIs and two homers. Devore hit .383 with 11 RBI’s. Laue hit .328 with 12 RBI’s and led in extra-base hits with a homer and nine doubles. Andrew Murphy had just 22 at-bats but got nine hits for a .409 average. Grant Taival had a 4-1 pitching record, 0.93 ERA, and 31 strikeouts in 43 innings.