Connor Johnston and Austin Holmberg left their mark on the record book for the Stillwater baseball team, which celebrated another successful season with a postseason awards banquet last month.
Johnston and Holmberg, who was a repeat selection, were joined by teammate Andy Peterson in receiving all-conference honors after helping the Ponies to a 14-10 record, including 10-8 to place fourth in the Suburban East Conference. Stillwater was eventually defeated by Cretin-Derham hall 2-0 in the final four of the Section 4AAA tournament. Aaron Romportl, Trevor Dudar and Sam Hodnefield each received honorable mention all-conference recognition for the Ponies.
Johnston, who also received all-state honors from the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association and played for the East Metro squad in the Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Series, posted a school-record .500 batting average this spring with 33 hits — including 13 doubles and two home runs — in 66 at bats. The previous single season best batting average for the Ponies was set by Leif Classon at .484 in 1986.
Johnston finished with a .550 on-base average and a .754 slugging percentage.
Holmberg, meanwhile, set a Stillwater record with 93 hits in his three-year varsity career. The speedy center fielder finished with 31 hits this spring and batted .397 with 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts. Additional Ponies batting .300 or better with at least 18 plate appearances were Ethan Stanley (.385), John Craig (.381), Grant Moden (.340), Dudar (.323) and Peterson (.311).
Pitchers Tony Lennox, Peterson and T.J. Galenti were joined by Grant Moden in receiving All-Section honors. Among starters, Galenti led the Ponies with a 2.01 ERA in 31-plus innings while Peterson led the Ponies with a 4-2 record on the mound and a 2.08 ERA in 37 innings. Lennox (3-3) threw a team-high 39 2/3 innings with an ERA of 3.35.
Chris Johnson and Romportl, a smooth-fielding third baseman, were co-recipients of the inaugural Sean Schoonmaker Award, which is presented to the player(s) who best exemplifies academic achievement, a positive attitude and team play.
The Ponies, who do not name a Most Valuable Player, will choose captains for the 2014 team a later date.
All-Conference: Austin Holmberg, Connor Johnston and Andy Peterson; All-Conference Honorable Mention: Aaron Romportl, Trevor Dudar and Sam Hodnefield; All-Section: Tony Lennox, T.J. Galenti, Andy Peterson and Grant Moden; MSHSBCA All-State: Connor Johnston; Minnesota All-Star Series: Connor Johnston; Sean Schoonmaker Award: Chris Johnson and Aaron Romportl; Captains elect: to be announced.