Macy brothers lead six all-league selections for Culver baseball
Following a season in which the Bulldogs finished third in their district, Culver baseball had six players receive honors on the 2A/1A Special District 2 all-league list.
Half of those players were seniors, so while the team will lose a considerable amount of talent, plenty more is coming back next year. In the meantime, learn more about the six all-leaguers that hit the diamond for Culver this year.
Brayden Macy, senior — First team, outfield
In addition to making the all-league team, Brayden Macy was also named to the all-state first team for efforts patrolling center field and swinging a hot bat. Macy batted .378 on the season on a team-high 98 plate appearances, leading the team in extra-base hits with 17 — including eight triples and three home runs. He also tied for the team lead in runs scored (37) and walks drawn (20), and he was second in stolen bases with 24. Macy only had one error in the outfield all year long, and he also pitched for the Bulldogs. Macy struck out seven batters in the team's upset of eventual state champion Kennedy. That was one of only two starts all year for the senior,
Logan Macy, junior — First team, infield (SS)
It was a banner year for the Macy clan, as Logan joined his older brother on both the all-league first team and the all-state lists, making the statewide cut as a second-teamer. When he wasn't pitching, Logan Macy played shortstop for the Bulldogs and was one of the most prolific sluggers on the roster. His batting average of .486 easily led the team, and he drove in a team-high 33 RBIs out of the cleanup spot in the Culver offense. In addition to RBIs and batting average, Macy also led the team in doubles (nine) and stolen bases (31) while only striking out twice all year long. On the mound, Macy pitched more innings than any other Bulldog, finishing with a 1.62 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 39 innings of work.
Gabe Wilson, senior — Second team, pitcher
Gabe Wilson, a three-sport athlete at Culver High School, finished out his senior season by making the 2A/1A Special District 2 all-league second team as a pitcher. Wilson ended up with an ERA of 2.56 over his nine starts, striking out 53 batters while walking only 11. He also had the single-most dominant pitching performance by any Culver hurler this year, tossing a no-hitter against Sheridan on May 3 while racking up 10 strikeouts and only allowing one baserunner to reach via error. Wilson also played catcher when he wasn't on the mound, hitting .229 and was third on the team in walks with 20.
Braeden Chapman, senior — Second team, infield (1B)
The last of the three seniors to receive all-league honors was Braeden Chapman, who split time as the Bulldogs' first baseman and as a pitcher. Among Culver players who appeared in 20 or more games, Chapman was second on the team in batting average (.400) and led the team with 27 singles. He also came around to score 37 runs, tying him with fellow senior Brayden Macy for the team lead. Chapman was third on the team with 16 stolen bases. In nine total appearances on the mound, including two starts, Chapman did not allow a single earned run to cross the plate against him.
Houston Wittenberg, freshman — Second team, pitcher
One of two Culver freshmen to be honored on the all-league teams, Houston Wittenberg came on strong for the Bulldogs in his first year with the team. Early on, Wittenberg's contributions at the plate were most notable. The freshman went on a 10-game hitting streak to open his Culver career, but he was even more effective once he moved to the mound. Wittenberg allowed just four total runs in his five starts, and his gem on May 27 included seven strikeouts and no walks in a win over Colton. With three starting pitchers graduating, Wittenberg's strong season on the mound bodes well for the future.
Jace Silbernagel, freshman — Honorable mention, infield (2B)
Lastly, freshman Jace Silbernagel received an honorable mention from the district thanks to a strong season at the plate and in the field. Silbernagel split time between second base and catcher, and he was one of the team's most skilled on-base artists. He hit .317 on the year, tying for the team lead in walks (21) and finishing second in doubles (seven) and RBIs (21). Silbernagel was also one of the team's top defensive players, throwing out four would-be base-stealers from behind the plate and participating in five double plays as a second baseman. The versatile freshman led the team in both of those categories.
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