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Five Spartans receive All-WaMaC East baseball honors

SOLON– Senior Cole Arduser made the First Team, while sophomore Kinnick Pusteoska was a unanimous Second Team pick after the WaMaC Conference announced its East Division baseball honors for the shortened 2020 summer season.
Incoming freshman Brett White was also named to the Second Team, while junior Carson Shive and senior Lucas Walker received WaMaC Recognition (formerly Honorable Mention).
“Cole Arduser was a very deserving First Team selection and had an outstanding senior season,” noted Solon Head Baseball Coach Keith McSweeney.
The Spartan third baseman posted a .429 batting average over 14 games, amassing 18 hits, including two doubles, and 18 RBI, according to stats provided by the WaMaC Conference.
Pusteoska had Solon’s lone home run of the year, and added seven doubles. The first baseman provided 10 RBI for the team and ended the season with a .658 slugging percentage.
White, an eighth-grade outfielder, had five doubles and a triple to go along with 10 RBI and a .391 batting average.
“Kinnick and Brett were also honored and they were a big part of our success this season,” McSweeney said.
Left fielder Shive had 23 hits, two doubles and 14 RBI to go with his .359 batting average.
Walker pitched in five games for the Spartans, limiting opposing players to a .119 average. He allowed 20 hits and 16 runs (11 earned) and ended the year with a 2.92 ERA. Walker struck out 40 while walking nine batters. He faced the most batters (119) and threw the most pitches (442) for Solon in 2020.
“We're proud of all our guys,” McSweeney noted. “We certainly had other players that were deserving, but WaMac East baseball is very competitive and it was difficult for some other guys to earn recognition given high statistical threshold standards to make these teams.”
Senior Nolan Pattison led the team in run-producing with 23 RBI and 16 hits. Senior Sully Steen made seven pitching appearances, posting a 1.07 ERA. Steen held opposing batters to a .157 average over 19.2 innings.
The Spartans finished the season with the second-best conference record in the WaMaC East, 10-4, behind Central DeWitt at 11-1. Solon ended the year 14-8 overall.