Middle Border Conference gets three all-state baseball players, Big Rivers gets five

The western part of the state did quite well in the voting for the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-State Baseball Team.
Three players from the Middle Border Conference and four players from the Big Rivers Conference were named to the 2014 all-state team. The MBC player who received the highest honor was Prescott junior infielder Michael Brookshaw. Brookshaw, who hit .515 for the Cardinals this season, was a third team all-state selection. He follows a family tradition of all-state recognition. His older brother, Billy, was a first team all-state player in 2012.
Two Ellsworth seniors received honorable mention all-state honors. Dennis Schutz and Logan Armstrong were both honored, Schutz as an outfielder and Armstrong as a utility player.
River Falls junior outfielder Jon Krueger led the Big Rivers Conference selections. Krueger was also a third team all-state selection. Four players from the Big Rivers Conference received honorable mention all-state recognition. They included senior pitcher Dalton Roach from Eau Claire Memorial, senior infielder A.J. Naatz from Menomonie, junior infielder Isaac Gibson of Eau Claire North and senior outfielder Zach Pasano from Chippewa Falls. Krueger and Roach were the BRC Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
There were several players on the all-state list who area teams saw up close this season. Viroqua pitcher Mitch Stalsberg was named the WBCA State Player of the Year. It was Stalsberg who knocked Ellsworth out of the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament by throwing a two-hitter against the Panthers. Stalsberg also recorded a victory in the opening round of the WIAA state tournament, setting a state tournament record by striking out 21 batters in a nine-inning, 2-1 win over Ripon.
Marshfield catcher Daulton Varsho was also a first team selection. Another of the standouts from the Varsho family, he ran wild in carrying Marshfield to a double-header sweep over New Richmond just before the start of the WIAA tournaments.