Play Ball! Minnesota Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball Awards
In 2010, the Minnesota Minute Men and Play Ball! Minnesota began honoring the top Minnesota high school athlete in baseball and softball. Originally called the Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball Award, the award was re-named the Play Ball! Minnesota Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball Award in 2012 to recognize the support from Play Ball! Minnesota.
Each spring, seven finalists are nominated by a select list of college coaches and professional scouts. Many athletic and character attributes are considered by the nominating panel, and these seven players from each sport represent the best players in the state. The award winners are announced at a banquet honoring the achievements of these top athletes, and the winners are honored at a Twins game by throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.
2016 Play Ball! Minnesota Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball awards were presented to Matt Wallner of Forest Lake and Katelyn Kemmetmueller from Rogers.
In 2016, Matt Wallner pulled double duty for the Rangers as he had tremendous success both as a hitter and on the mound. As a hitter, Matt batted .382 with 29 hits. 19 of his hits went for extra bases including 10 homeruns. On the mound, Matt was dominant. He finished with a 7-1 record and a 0.95 earned run average while striking out an astonishing 95 batters. Matt was also selected to play in the Play Ball! Minnesota High School Baseball All Star Series. Matt will be playing baseball at the University of Southern Mississippi starting in 2017.
In 2016 Katelyn Kemmetmueller continued her dominance for the Royals. Katelyn batted a school record .482 with five home runs and a school record 28 RBIs. In the circle she was nearly unhittable. Katelyn finished with a 14-1 record including school records for earned run average at 0.42 and shutouts with nine. For her career, Katelyn holds school records in batting average, hits, RBIs, stolen bases, shutouts, and earned run average. Katelyn was also named the 2016 player of the year by the Star Tribune. Katelyn will continue her softball career at the University of Minnesota starting in 2017.