Five diamond Dutchmen earn postseason honors

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 5/29/24

Postseason honors.

Five of Steven Kemp’s Owensville Dutchmen baseball players were able to celebrate those following the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 4, …

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Five diamond Dutchmen earn postseason honors


Postseason honors.

Five of Steven Kemp’s Owensville Dutchmen baseball players were able to celebrate those following the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 4, District 4 Baseball Tournament earlier this month at St. Clair High School.

Sullivan walked away with a district title before Mary Institute-Country Day School (MICDS) ended their season days later in one of eight MSHSAA Class 4 sectional contests.

Of the 13 players selected by the district tournament coaches, three hailed from Owensville representing the orange and black.

They included junior infielder Landon Kramme, sophomore pitcher Chase Weirich and junior pitcher Matt Eckelkamp.

During the district tournament, Eckelkamp helped the Dutchmen to a 17-4 opening-round victory over Cuba by pitching four innings while allowing three runs on eight hits with no walks and a strikeout.

In the district championship game against Sullivan, Eckelkamp threw five innings of shutout baseball allowing just three hits and a walk to go with three strikeouts.

Weirich recorded a season-high 12 strikeouts against Salem’s Tigers in the district semifinals helping the orange and black into a district championship showdown with Sullivan in a three-game day that was necessary due to inclement weather earlier in the tournament.

Kramme earned his spot on the All-District team thanks to his offense.

In opening round action against Cuba, Kramme had a season-high three hits of which all of them were singles helping the Dutchmen tame the Wildcats 17-4. He also scored a team-high three runs against Cuba.

Back on Wednesday, May 15 when OHS had to play Salem in the district semifinals before taking on Sullivan in the championship game, Kramme had a walk and a double against both the Tigers and Eagles.

Throughout the entire season, Kramme second on the team with 22 runs batted in (RBI) while placing third for the Dutchmen with a .368 batting average, 28 hits, 23 singles, five doubles, 18 runs scored and five hit by pitches.

He tied for third in runs scored with Jaden Gerlemann while tying for third in hit by pitches with Jansen Loeb.

Recording three hits in three games, Kramme did this against St. Clair, Linn and Cuba.

Kramme also drove in a season-high four RBIs against East Buchanan while scoring a season-best three runs against Cuba in the opening round of districts.

Stealing eight of his 10 bases in four games, Kramme swiped two bags in action against St. James, Waynesville, St. Clair and Cuba.

Weirich was also one of 15 players named to the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) All-Conference First Team along with OHS teammates Landon Ely and Zaiden Gates.

Ely led the team with 104 plate appearances, 38 hits, four triples and 27 runs scored. He was also second on the team with a .422 batting average, 1.044 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage), 31 singles and 18 stolen bases.

In four games, Ely posted a season-high three hits against Hermann, St. Clair, East Buchanan and Cuba. In the St. Clair, East Buchanan and Cuba games, those three hits were all singles.

Ely’s best offensive output came against St. James’ Tigers in the opening round of the FRC Tournament when he had two triples and a season-high five runs batted in (RBI).

During the WOW Wood bat Tournament in Savannah, Ely scored a season-high four runs against East Buchanan.

Of his 18 stolen bases, Ely swiped a season-high three of them in early May against Cuba.

Holding down the shortstop position on defense, Gates led the orange and black last spring with a .429 batting average, .556 on-base percentage, 32 singles, 19 walks and 20 stolen bases.

Back on May 7 against Cuba, Gates amassed a season-high four hits of which all of them turned out to be singles.

He also scored a season-high three runs four times in games against St. James, Vienna, Linn and Cuba.

Of his team-leading 19 walks, Gates drew two in four games against Helias, Savannah, East Buchanan and Sullivan.

Among his 20 stolen bases which led Dutchmen bag swipers, Gates stole two of them in games against Linn, Vienna, Hermann, St. Clair, Sullivan, Steelville and Cuba.

Pitching a team-high 48 innings, Weirich also finished his sophomore season with a 6-2 record with a 2.62 ERA (earned-run average) while striking out 61 batters in addition to allowing 41 hits and 12 walks.

In addition to his 12-strikeout game against Salem, Weirich also reached double digits with 10 strikeouts against St. James back in mid-April.

Of his six wins, Weirich recorded four shutouts against St. Clair, St. James and Vienna twice.

At the plate, Weirich led the team with 10 doubles and 25 RBIs while placing second on the team with a .568 slugging percentage and two home runs.

Posting three hits in two games against St. Clair and St. James, Weirich hit a pair of doubles against St. Clair while hitting home runs against Hermann and St. James.

Of his team-leading 25 RBIs, Weirich record three in four games against East Buchanan, St. James, Linn and Cuba.

OHS could add more to these numbers as they will face Marceline’s Tigers this Saturday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis with a 1 p.m., first pitch.