Roden, Belleveau named first-team all-league

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Rob Reischel
Middleton junior catcher Alan Roden was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference./Times-Tribune photos by Mary Langenfeld

Tom Schmitt took over as Middleton’s baseball manager in 2003.

In that time, Schmitt and the Cardinals have won a state championship, have reached the state tournament seven times, and have been a consistent force in the Big Eight Conference.

So when Schmitt utters the following statement, you take notice.

“When I think of Alan Roden and the top kids we’ve ever had, he’s in the top-five,” Schmitt said of his junior catcher. “He’s been very fun to have.”

Roden, a University of Creighton recruit, just finished a tremendous season and was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference. Senior outfielder Liam Belleveau joined Roden on the first team, while junior pitcher Brady Schmitt was named second-team all-league and junior utility player Zach Shipley was named honorable mention all-conference.

Roden led Middleton with a .459 batting average and also ranked first in on-base percentage (.530), slugging percentage (.600) and OPS (1.130). Roden was first on the team in home runs (two), RBI (16) and hits (39), second in doubles (four) and third in runs scored (16).

“Alan is one of those kids that makes a difference in the lineup in every aspect,” Schmitt said. “He’s a heady catcher, a solid base runner, and has one of the top rates of throwing out runners.”

Belleveau led the Cardinals in doubles (six) and triples (five), was second on the team in hits (31) and tied for third in RBI (14). Belleveau also ranked first in runs scored (22) and walks (20), batted .373, had a .495 on-base percentage and an OPS of 1.061.

“Liam’s a three-year player and just had a real steady performance,” Schmitt said. “I first saw him as an 8- or 9-year-old and he had a great passion for the game. He’s really worked at it and made himself a really good player.”

Brady Schmitt went 5-1 with a 1.63 ERA. Schmitt struck out 31 batters and walked just 13 in 43 innings and threw a no-hitter against Madison East in May.

“He stepped up when he had his opportunities,” Tom Schmitt said of Brady. “If you throw strikes in high school ball, you should be successful. He had a good game plan and was a nice surprise.”

Shipley played first base, designated hitter and catcher and excelled at them all.

Shipley ranked second on the team in hits (23), tied for second in doubles (four) and tied for third in RBI (14).

“He had a really good year,” Schmitt said of Shipley. “He’s got some pop and next year should be even better. He understands hitting more and really works at it.”

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