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Hertz, Brusokas notch accolades

Diamond honors bestowed on former Golden Knight and Nitro at season's end.

June 15, 2010|By Grant Gordon

GLENDALE — The following are updates on area college athletes.

Chris Hertz (St. Francis High, 2005) Cal Lutheran baseball senior: A banner season at the plate, in the field and on the bases didn't go unnoticed for the Glendale Community College transfer, as he was named to the American Baseball Coaches Assn. (ABCA)/Rawlings All-West Region Third Team on June 2.

The fleet-footed Hertz led the Kingsmen with 55 hits, 23 stolen bases and 19 walks, recording hits in 32 of 37 games.

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Oddly enough, he wasn't selected to the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team of which four Kingsmen were picked, but was voted to the more prestigious all-region squad.

Hertz hit .410 for the 27-13 Kingsmen, adding 44 runs, 15 doubles, 34 runs batted in and 19 walks and made just two errors in the outfield.

Heather Brusokas (Glendale High, 2006) Davenport University softball junior: Proof enough to just how outstanding Brusokas' debut season with Davenport was could be seen in her statistical success, but it was further accentuated when she was named a first-team member of the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Assn.) 2010 Louisville Slugger NAIA All-Region Team in late-May.

Brusokas was one of three Davenport players named to the Great Lakes Region team along with Haley Stehouwer and Kristin Miedema.

Brusokas, having transferred from Lansing Community College, led the Panthers with a .405 batting average as well as in slugging percentage (.737), hits (77), on-base percentage (.469) and triples (four).

Brusokas was also a Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) first-team choice after the Panthers went 21-7 in conference play.

The Panthers advanced to the championship game of the WHAC tourney, losing to Madonna, 4-3, on May 10, and finishing with a 46-16 record in the program's second season.

Brusokas, a shortstop, was 0 for three in the game, but went five for nine with six runs scored, six runs batted in and two walks in three previous conference tournament games. In an earlier meeting with Madonna, she went two for three with five RBIs on two home runs.

She also finished the year with 58 starts in 59 games played, scoring 58 runs, hitting 13 doubles, notching 52 RBIs and swiping eight stolen bases.

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