Norris senior catcher Jakson Reetz has been named to the USA Baseball 18-and-under national team.
Players competed for the squad in team trials held over five days in Fullerton, Calif.
The Nebraska recruit helped the Titans capture the Class B state championship in the spring. He batted .444 and led the state in RBIs with 49 while also seeing action as the Norris closer.
The USA team will compete in the Junior World Cup that begins Friday in Taiwan. The squad will be managed by Penn State head coach Rob Cooper.
Sox alum leads team to title
Last year, Pat Freeman was a member of the Millard Sox Black squad that reached the American Legion senior state tournament for the first time.
This year, Freeman coached a Sox team to a championship.
Freeman led the youngest squad in the Millard Sox program — the freshmen reserves — to the state Class C title. The squad defeated Omaha Roncalli 3-0 in the final at Boyd Field to finish the season 29-8.
The 20-year-old Freeman, who has been in the Sox organization five years, said he was thankful to former coach Vince Davenport and program founder Mark Anson for giving him the opportunity to coach.
“They believed in me,’’ he said. “I was nervous at first, but our goal was to win state and we did it.’’
The Sox program consists mostly of players who did not make the Legion teams affiliated with their high schools. Freeman’s state-title team consisted of players from Millard West, Millard South, Millard North, Omaha Creighton Prep and one player who is home-schooled.
Freeman is a junior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha majoring in physical education.
Fisher leads state in hitting
Nate Fisher of Platte Valley finished the American Legion season as the state’s top hitter with a .554 average.
Fisher was 41 of 74 at the plate in 25 games. He also drove in 40 runs and scored 32.
Jason Allbery of PI Midwest (Omaha Creighton Prep) was the top hitter among Omaha-area players at .473. He had a state-leading 86 hits in 182 plate appearances and helped the team from Prep reach the Central Plains Regional for the third straight year.
Justin Gassert of Papillion Pinnacle Bank led all pitchers with 12 victories. Jake Meyers of KB Building Services (Omaha Westside) and Adam Wilson of PI Midwest had 11 wins each.
Other state leaders from the final Legion statistics:
Hitting — Runs: Meyers, KB, 66; RBIs: Zach Garrett, PI Midwest, 57; Doubles: Allbery, PI Midwest and Clay Fonfara, Ralston, 18; Triples: Ryan Merrill, Roof-Tech (Millard West), 9; Home runs: Dallas Schramm, Fairway Asset (Millard North), 8; Stolen bases: Jake Bailey, Millard Sox Black and Sam Ayars, Lincoln Judds, 30.
Pitching — ERA: Alex Armendariz, PI Midwest, 0.88; Strikeouts: Eric Moreno, Twin Cities, 139; Saves: Ben Peters, DiGiorgio’s (Omaha Gross), 7.
Pflueger All-Academic pick
For the second straight year, Nathan Pflueger has been named the Central Plains Region’s academic athlete of the year.
Pflueger, who played for Seward Legion Post 33, is attending Chadron State.
Brooklawn wins title
Brooklawn (N.J.) captured the Legion World Series this week with a 10-0 win over Petaluma, Calif.
The New Jersey team that was the 2012 runner-up won its third Series title.
Brooklawn is a regular participant in the College World Series/Decker tournament held in Omaha in June. The squad, which didn’t make the trip this summer, in 2012 lost 5-4 in the Omaha tourney final to Associated Fire Protection (Papillion-La Vista South).