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Northern Sun Players of the Week – 4/6/09

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has named their college baseball Players of the Week for the week ending 4/5/09 (week 9 of the season) and they are –

Ben Kincaid from Minnesota State was named Player of the Week.  The freshman from Eau Claire, WI was 4-7 for the 2 games against Southwest Minnesota State on Friday which ended in a split.  It was his 2 run homer in the 6-1 win that helped open up a 4 run lead. 

No Hitter!

That’s what Upper Iowa’s Greg Sieck threw in the final game of a sweep against Minnesota Crookston on Saturday.  The senior from Grinnell, IA had only 2 runners reach base, 1 on a walk and the other on an error.  The Peacock’s won the game 20-0 and Sieck improved to 2-1 on the season.  I called Howard Thompson, the Sports Information Director at Upper Iowa.  They were in the process of researching if/when the last no-hitter may have been (seems like something they should keep track of?).  He had talked to head coach, Mark Danker, who believed that there might have been 1 other no hitter 13-14 years ago but he wasn’t sure if that was a full 7 inning game.

Northern Sun Week 9 Release

Northern Sun Players of the Week – 3/30/09

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has named their Players of the Week for the 8th time this season.  They are –

Joe Wendte, a junior from S. Sioux City (NE), won the award for Player of the Week.  In 6 games for Wayne State, Wendte was 10 for 21 including 4 doubles, one home run, 10 runs scored and 9 RBI’s.  He had at least 1 hit in all 6 games in helping to lead the Wildcats to a 5-1 record on the week.  Wendte is the 2nd player this season to be named as an award winner 2 times (Tony Mueller of Winona State was the 1st) and the first to win Player of the Week twice.

David Deminsky, a junior from Sartell (MN), was named Pitcher of the Week.  The left hander had a perfect game going against Wisconsin Superior on Sunday until the 5th inning when he gave up an infield single.  He pitched 5 innings, struck out 6 and faced the minimum number of batters (15) while moving his record to 5-0 on the season.  As reported on this blog this past Friday, Deminsky was 2nd in all of Division 2 college baseball for strikeouts per 9 innings worked (Friday Update). 

NSIC Week 8 Press Release

Tracking Top Minnesota H.S. 2008 Baseball Players

MSHSL Baseball_08

Minnesota high schools had a bumper crop of excellent baseball players that graduated in 2008 and I thought I’d look to see how some of the best are faring now in college. 

  • Madison Boer was a 2008 graduate of Eden Prairie (MN) High School where he had much success and was named a first team all-state pitcher.  He went on to help reestablish baseball at Oregon University who was re-instating their baseball program after a 28 year break in playing.  The big right hander (6-4, 220) has quickly established himself as one of the Ducks 4 starting pitchers.  He is 1-3 on the season but sports a respectable 3.81 ERA.  He has the lowest batting average against him (.228) of any of their starters and holds the only 2 complete games thrown by Oregon pitchers all year.  Boer Gets First Collegiate Win
  • Joe Loftus headed to play for a premier Division 1 program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN which plays in college baseball toughest conference (the SEC).  The 2008 graduate of the Academy of Holy Angels was a 2 time, first team all-state selection.  Midway through their non-conference schedule, Loftus has earned a spot as the starting left fielder.  While he’s only hitting .240 on the season it’s pretty impressive to be starting as a freshman in the SEC.  Loftus Contributes to Win Over Kentucky
  • Jacob Esch is playing for Georgia Tech of the ACC – a team that’s currently rated as the #3 overall team in Division 1 college baseball.  As a pitcher/shortstop at Cretin-Derham Hall he helped lead the Raiders to a state title and was named a 2 time all-state selection.  He had an injury this fall which delayed his development but the right handed pitcher has gotten in a few games as a relief pitcher for the Yellow Jackets.  Jackets Down Mercer
  • The 2008 Player of the Year in Minnesota was Brad Hand of Chaska, MN.  The left handed pitcher was dominating in high school and while he had a college scholarship to a premier Division 1 program (Arizona State) he turned that down and turned pro after being drafted in the 2nd round by the Florida Marlins.  He had turned pro in time to start the summer of 2008 at the Marlins rookie league team where he went 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA before being promoted to a Class A team in New York where he was 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA.  Brad Hand Minor League Stats  He seems to have a bright future in baseball as John Sickels (who is a main writer for Baseball America) named Hand the 16th best prospect in the entire Florida Marlins farm system.  Sickels (a Twins fan) had this to say about Hand “Young projectable lefty from Minnesota, I wish the Twins had been able to draft him. Will need time but a fresh high school arm worth tracking.”  Florida Marlins Top 20 Prospects for 2009

Northern Sun Players of the Week – 3/23/09

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Conference has named their Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 23rd.  Once again, the Conference has decided to go with 2 players from the same team (Minnesota State).  The Mavericks played one of the weakest opponents in the Conference (Northern State) in this weekends opening of league games.  While both players named had very good performances this week, I think the Conference should stop saying they try not to pick 2 from the same team or that they take strength of opponent into consideration.  Player of the Week Rant Follow Up 

Player of the Week was a no-brainer as Minnesota State’s Danny Miller won the honor.  The sophomore outfielder from Eden Prairie, MN was a perfect 11 for 11 in the first 3 games of the Maverick’s weekend series against Northern State.  The 11 consecutive hits set a new Minnesota State record, beating the old mark of 10 straight set in 1996.  His 11 hits included 2 doubles and a home run to go with 7 RBI’s and a perfect 8 putouts in the field.

Pitcher of the Week was Minnesota State’s Patrick Lenton.  The junior from Maple Grove, MN pitched a complete game shutout in a 9-0 win over the Northern State Wolves.  Lenton’s performance was marked by giving up only 1 hit and 1 walk to go with 8 strikeouts.  He improved his season record to 4-1 as the #1 starter for the Mavericks.

While Lenton’s pure stats were better (a 1 hitter IS really good), I think there were 2 Augustana pitchers, Kenny Lidke (4 hits in 6.1 innings) and Tyler Pierson (2 hits in 6 innings, 9 K’s and no earned runs allowed), who had just as good performances this week when you consider they were pitching against a top team like Concordia.

NSIC Weekly Release No. 7

Northern Sun Players of the Week – 3/16/09

Players Of The Week

With the end of the winter sports season the Northern Sun Conference has moved up the schedule for announcing their baseball Players of the Week to Mondays going forward.  NSIC Players of the Week

This week’s Player of the Week is Derek West of Southwest Minnesota State University.  West is a senior outfielder from Chamberlain, SD and helped lead the Mustangs to a 4-0 start to the season this past weekend.  In the 4 games he was 9 for 15 (.600) which included 3 home runs, 2 triples and 1 double.  He also had 7 RBI’s and 23 total bases – quite the start.

The Pitcher of the Week was Tony Mueller of Winona State.  Yes, that Tony Mueller!  This is the same player that was Player of the week last week (NSIC Awards 3/10/09) and of whom I wrote a special article talking about his amazing start (Mueller’s Blazing Start).  As a pitcher this week, the freshman from La Crosse, WI started against Lewis University and went 8 innings giving up no runs to get the win.  He only gave up 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 9.  The Conference office press release did say he is now 4-0 on the season when in fact he is 1-1 on the season and it’s Winona’s Ross Hellenbrand who is 4-0.  Mueller has cooled off a bit at the plate.  Even though he has hit safely in every game his batting average is down to .574.

Northern Sun Players of the Week – 3/10/09

Players Of The Week

At this time last week any regular reader will know I started a rant about the Northern Sun Conference’s Player of the Week selections – NSIC Award Rant  That rant and the subsequent follow-up with the Conference office (Rant Follow-up) provided my  highest week ever in terms of blog traffic.

The easy selection this week for Player of the Week was Winona State’s Tony Mueller.  I wrote a few days ago about the freshman outfielder from La Crosse who was off to an amazing start to his college baseball career – Mueller Off To Blazing Start.  During the Warrior’s week in Florida, Mueller had a .630 batting average which included 17 hits in 27 at-bats.  He had multiple hits in every single game and even pitched an inning getting his first ever college save.

Pitcher of the Week was Kyle Schroeder of the University of Mary.  The sophomore from Dickinson, ND had a great outing against Montana State – Billings as he started and went 6 innings without giving up an earned run.  He ended up striking out 6 and allowed only 3 hits to get his first win of the season. 

NSIC Player of the Week Announcement

NSIC Players of the Week (3/3) – Prepare For Rant

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Conference has named their players of the week for the week ending on March 3rd and they are –

Player of the Week was Concordia’s Bryan Lippincott.  The freshman from Des Moines, IA hit a solo, walk-off homer in a game last Tuesday against St. Johns to win it for the Golden Bears by the score of 8-7.  He also hit a homer in the 2nd game of the day to help the team to a sweep and finish the day 3-9 at the plate.

Pitcher of the Week was also from Concordia, Ben Lemke.  The freshman from Rosemount, MN came into the 2nd game against St. Johns and threw 4.1 innings of no-hit baseball to earn his first career win.  The performance included 4 strikeouts to go with 1 walk and improved his ERA to 1.12 on the season.  NSIC Press Release

The Rant!

  • I have nothing against these 2 players – they are deserving choices.  But why would you pick 2 guys from the same team when there were so many other great performances this past week?
  • Add to that, Concordia beat St. Johns!  We’re talking about a Division 3 team that really isn’t that good.  They are 1-4 this season and below .500 last season.

The Alternatives?

  • How about recognizing someone from Winona State who just beat the #1 team in D2 instead of a mediocre D3 team?  Leadoff hitter, Tony Mueller, had 8 hits in 3 games this week!  Pitcher, Kyle Hanken, came in with the game on the line in a tied, late inning battle and shut Lynn down for 2 innings to get what will possibly be their biggest win of the year.
  • Maybe recognize someone at Minnesota State like shortstop Kosuke Hattori who was 6-10 in 2 games or pitcher Patrick Lenton who pitched 6 innings of 4 hit, 1 run baseball to get a win.
  • St. Cloud State’s starting pitcher, Logan Birr, had an outstanding game against Bemidji State in pitching a complete game, 6 hit, 1 run game that included 7 strikeouts and no walks.

Rant off.

Northern Sun Players of the Week – Feb 24

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Conference has named their players of the week for the week ending on February 23rd and they are –

This week’s Player of the Week was Joe Wendte of Wayne State.  The junior outfielder from Ponca, NE hit .400 for the Wildcats in their 4 game series against Pittsburg State and helped lead the team to a 3-1 season start.  During the 4 games he had 6 hits, 1 home run, 3 doubles, 5 RBI’s and 7 runs scored.  Wendte Named Player of the Week

The Pitcher of the Week was Chris Odegaard of Minnesota State.  The rightie from Glencoe, MN pitched 5 innings for the Mavericks in their season opener against Southwest Baptist and one hit and one earned run to get the victory in the teams 6-1 win.  He struck out 7 and only walked 1 in recording the win.  Chris Odegaard Named NSIC Pitcher of the Week


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