Milwaukee Baseball Adds Four For 2008

Four Wisconsin natives sign with UWM

Head coach Scott Doffek

Head coach Scott Doffek

Dec. 7, 2006

MILWAUKEE - Johann Andes of Racine, Wis., Doug Dekoning of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Casey Lyman of Oak Creek, Wis., and Craig Meier of Verona, Wis., have all signed national letters of intent to play baseball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, head coach Scott Doffek announced today. Dekoning and Lyman are currently seniors in high school, while Andes and Meier are sophomores at Madison Area Technical College.

"We are very excited to have all four of these players joining the Milwaukee program," Doffek said. "It's always great to get student-athletes coming to UWM that are of such high caliber both on and off the field."

Andes enters his sophomore year at MATC having made 41 starts in 50 games as a freshman in 2006 for the 35-23-3 Wolfpack. He scored 31 runs, had 43 hits, a team-best 16 doubles, four home runs and 34 runs batted in. In 160 plate appearances on the year, he struck out just eight times. In addition, he posted a perfect 0.00 ERA in two appearances on the mound.

A high school standout at Racine Park, he was the Southeast Conference Player of the Year in 2004 and a First Team All-SEC selection. At Park, he was Team MVP and batted .498 with 10 home runs and 38 runs batted in.

"Johann is a left-hand hitting outfielder/pitcher that comes in as somebody that is capable of being a two-way guy, with his strength in his bat," Doffek said. "He has exceptional hands and great vision in the batter's box."

Dekoning has had a stellar career at Menomonee Falls High School. He was named first team all-state in 2006 after earning second team honors in 2005. He was also named First Team All-Greater Metro Conference, First Team All-Suburban, First Team All-District and Second Team Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All-Area in both the 2006 and 2005 seasons. In addition to those honors, he was tabbed the Menomonee Falls Pitcher of the Year in 2006 after earning offensive player of the year honors in 2005.

As a junior, he batted .505, with 35 runs, 37 RBI and 20 extra-base hits. That followed a sophomore year that saw him bat .469 with 41 runs batted in.

"Doug comes in with decent speed and a good left-handed bat," Doffek said. "He has shown the ability to hit for a high average and, with added strength, he will hopefully reach his power potential as well. I think he is a sleeper that will end up as one of the best signees out of the state as he matures."

Lyman is a senior at Oak Creek High School, where he earned first team all-conference and second team all-district honors as a junior last season. He was a member of the all-suburban team as well as the Golden Glove award winner on his team. He batted .373 with 39 runs, 15 doubles, 24 runs batted in and a .480 on-base percentage. He was also named first team all-conference as a sophomore after batting .408 with 24 RBI.

"Casey is another quality left-handed stick who has shown versatility in the infield," Doffek said. "He is a guy that we can move around if need-be or can be an everyday guy at one position. We look at him to be a big contributor early in his career."

Meier is a teammate of Andes at MATC, going 4-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 53.0 innings on the mound last season. He made nine starts and finished with five complete games, two shutouts and 46 strikeouts compared to just 15 walks. This past summer he pitched for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League, going 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA. In 43.2 innings, he struck out 34 and limited opponents to a .204 batting average. He earned all-conference honors four times at Edgewood High School and was named the city player of the year in Madison in 2004.

"Craig brings a combination of physical talent and mental toughness," UWM pitching coach Cory Bigler said. "He is exactly what we need on this staff in order to be successful."

The Panthers won 32 games last season - the most since the 2002 season - and finished second in the Horizon League. They return two all-league choices in second-teamer Ross McCoy and all-newcomer selection Dan Buchholz.

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