MENOMINEE — The Menominee baseball team’s first season in the Great Northern Conference didn’t bring the results it was looking for, but there was a bright spot for the young Maroons.

Junior outfielder Hunter Goldschmidt was awarded a spot on the GNC All-Conference team after struggling in the first half of the season at the plate but turning things around during the second half and staying strong defensively throughout the year.

“Our team didn’t do too well, we had some pretty close games where I think we played pretty well, but we had a lot of errors and those really hurt us. Personally, I think I had a pretty good year. Our record didn’t show it, but we all had the drive to go out and compete every game,” Goldschmidt said.

His batting average wasn’t where he wanted it to be as he finished the season at .138, but he also drew seven walks and stole seven bases, so while his hitting wasn’t there he was still a threat to get on base and then take extra ones once he got aboard.

“I started off the year pretty rough at the plate. I had quite a few strikeouts in the beginning of the year, but I started to come around towards the end,” Goldschmidt said. “I started to see the ball a little better and that allowed me to draw some walks and steal some bases once I got on and it led to a couple solid hits, too.”

In the outfield, he had 15 putouts with one error for a fielding percentage of .938.

Goldschmidt noted that his best game of the year came in the first game of a doubleheader against Escanaba.

In addition to making plays all over the outfield, he went 1-1 with a triple and two walks at the plate, reaching base in every at bat, and scored one of the Maroons only runs.

“The game against Esky was probably my best of the season,” he said. “I just felt like I could get to everything in the outfield and I saw the ball really well at the plate. I needed about 10 more feet on that triple for it to have been a home run. Even though we lost, that was a fun game.”

A young man of few words, all Goldschmidt had to say about being named to the first ever GNC All-Conference team:

“I’m pretty stoked.”