They shined on the diamond, thrived on the gridiron, stood out on the court. They stood out in 2020-21. Over the next few weeks, the Journal Star will reveal nominees for its Area Prep Sports Awards virtual show. Here are the baseball finalists.
School: Lincoln East | Year: Junior
An infielder, Brink was among the state's top hitters, finishing with a .481 average. He had 50 hits, including 12 doubles and five homers, and a team-best 38 RBIs for the Spartans, who made a deep run in the Class A state tournament. He had six three-hit games and one four-hit game.
School: Lincoln Southeast | Year: Sophomore
The Husker recruit was one of the top hitters in the state, batting nearly .450. A left-handed batter, Buettenback could hit for power but also lay down a bunt and utilize his speed. His versatility allows coaches to play him at just about any position on the field.
School: Norris | Year: Junior
Meyer was a two-way standout for the Titans, who finished as state runners-up in Class B. The junior hit .386 with nine doubles, four triples and six homers. He drove in 43 runs. On the mound, he fanned 45 batters in 41 innings and finished 8-0 with a 1.69 ERA.