Eastside's Chase Franz named to all-star team

Eastside’s Chase Franz, left, shown making a play earlier this season, has been named to the North squad for the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association all-star series this weekend in Madison.

BUTLER — Chase Franz will don Eastside’s green-and-white jersey one last time.

The recent graduate has been selected to participate in the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association North-South all-star series.

“It feels great to make the all-star team,” Franz said. “It shows that all my hard work is paying off.

“The biggest improvement over my career was probably the intensity and attention to detail in which I just kept working on every aspect of my game,” he said. “I feel that I took more pride in my training the older I got.”

Madison Consolidated High School and Hanover College will host all-star activities. Games will take place at Madison’s Gary O’Neal Field.

The all-stars and coaches will gather Friday for a banquet at Hanover College with keynote speaker Jeff Mercer, head baseball coach at Indiana University.

A doubleheader will take place Saturday, with games at noon and 45 minutes after completion of the first game. A single game will take place at noon Sunday. Players will use wooden bats and wear their high school uniforms for that contest.

“Chase has been a leader for our baseball program,” said Eastside head coach Aaron Willard. “He has also been an extremely hard worker. He has gained skill and baseball knowledge through playing travel baseball, private instructors through our program at Eastside.

“Chase is now reaping the benefits of that hard work after an outstanding senior season.”

Franz flirted with Eastside’s single-season school record for highest batting average before finishing at .494 with a team-best 43 hits in 87 at-bats.

He had 10 doubles, six home runs, drove in 36 runs and scored 36 times while stealing nine bases.

In the field, mostly at shortstop, Franz had a .922 fielding percentage, making seven errors in 90 total chances.

On the mound, he was used mostly in relief, but ranked second on the team with 50 strikeouts in 37.2 innings while compiling a 2-0 record with a save and a 2.416 earned run average.

He has signed to play college baseball at the University of Saint Francis.

North roster

Pitchers: Grant Besser, South Adams; Ryan Fender, Crown Point; Wyatt Geesaman, Jay County; Ben Harris, Northwestern; Kyle Iwinski, Griffith; Grant Jablonski, Mishawaka; Hunter Robinson, New Prairie; Reece Radabaugh, Lewis Cass and Gavin White, Western.

Catchers: Corbin Beard, Rossville; Angel DiFederico, New Haven and Liam Patton, Warsaw.

First basemen: Matt Dutkowski, NorthWood and Charlie Howe, Bishop Dwenger.

Middle infield: Garrison Brege, Norwell; Josh Dippold, Bishop Luers; Chase Franz, Eastside and Trey Stokes, Alexandria.

Third basemen: Tucker Platt, Logansport and Kyle Schmack, South Central-Union Mills.

Outfield: Brock Boynton, Penn; Patrick Farrisee, South Bend St. Joseph; Garrett Maneous, Munster and Kyle Pepiot, Westfield.

Flex: Connor Ayres, McCutcheon.

Coaches: Mark Schellinger, New Prairie, head coach; assistants Brad Buckingham, South Adams; Jeff Closser, Alexandria and Jeff Sells, Alexandria.

South roster

Pitchers: Drew Buhr, Austin; Michael Dillon, Hamilton Southeastern; Luke Helton, Whiteland, Parker Maddox, Columbus North, Lane Oesterling, Batesville, Cam Saunders, Crawfordsville; Avery Short, Southport, Cody Swimm, Hagerstown and Damien Wallace, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.

Catchers: Kiel Brenczewski, Fishers; Tyler Kapust, Silver Creek and Brian Keeney, Roncalli.

First basemen: Brodey Heaton, Castle and Jack Walker, New Palestine.

Middle infield: Mark Broderick, Danville; Ethan Getz, South Dearborn; Blayden McMahel, Jeffersonville and Chris Wilson, Park Tudor.

Third basemen: Denton Shepler, Union County and Austin Weimer, Lawrenceburg.

Outfield: Julian Greenwell, Columbus East; Steven Molinet, Tecumseh; Tucker Schank, Southridge and Ethan Vecrumba, Edgewood.

Coaches: Dave Bradshaw, Jac-Cen-Del, head coach; assistants Jay Malott, South Dearborn; Tim Terry, South Vermillion and T.J. Terry, South Vermillion.

Flex: Cooper Terry, South Vermillion.

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