Can it really be true? Is Troy Wasiloski done with his college baseball career? Seems like it just started! What a journey it was! Even with shoulder problems which led to surgery a couple of years ago, Wasiloski put up some extremely impressive numbers for the Fighting Sioux baseball team and will go down in the UND history books as one of the best hitters of all-time for the Sioux.
Wasiloski was named to the All-NCC team for the third consecutive season after compiling a .394 batting average this year, which is the tenth-highest average in Sioux history for a single season. He also had fifteen doubles, which is good for a four-way tie for seventh.
In his career, he has accumulated a batting average of .363 (196 H, 540 AB), placing him fourth on the all-time list. Wasiloski is also ranked in many UND career categories such as: tied for fifth in At-Bats (540), third in Hits (196), fifth in Runs (142), tied for seventh in Doubles (33), tied for second in Triples (9), third in Home Runs (32), fourth in Runs Batted In (150) and fifth in Total Bases (341).
Wasiloski was fifth in the NCC in batting with his .394 average and his 15 doubles led the conference. That number is even more impressive when you consider he played in thirteen fewer games than the player ranked second in doubles.
Troy has been a three-year starter in the infield for UND, primarily at third base.
Kirby Carr, a junior at Bethel College in St. Paul, and his brother, Brandon Carr, a sophomore at Bethel, were both named to the All-MIAC team. Kirby led the Royals with eight doubles, seven home runs, 31 RBI and a .703 slugging percentage. His .405 batting average was second to his little brother. Brandon hit .468, leading the team in hits (59) and at bats (126). He also scored a team high 31 runs and stole 18 bases to finish first in that category. Kirby was also named second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District. Kirby's GPA is 3.48.
Two other former Otters also are on the Bethel roster. Mike Gaustad struggled at the plate this season, finishing at .235, but he played exceptionally in the field, committing only six errors in 37 games at second base. Mike drove in 14 runs and scored 15. Jared Bangs served as a back-up catcher and played in nine games for the Royals, batting .258 with 8 hits in 31 at bats.
For the first time since 1982 the Valley City State University softball team has qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. The Lady Vikings won the Region III championship as the number seven seed and is in Decatur, Alabama for the National Tournament this weekend. Battle Lake High School and MSCTC graduate Kelli Baumgartner is a member of the team. Baumgartner hit .250, starting 35 of the 37 games this season. She had four doubles, one triple, two home runs, 20 RBI and 25 runs scored. Her slugging percentage is .357 and she stole 11 bases in 14 attempts.
In the Region III Tournament, Baumgartner drove in the only run of the opening round win over second seeded Dana College to get things rolling for VCSU. In game two, they recorded a 4-2 win over third-seeded Morningside. That was followed by a 1-0 win over top-seeded Dickinson State. Dickinson State came back through the losers' bracket to face the Vikings a second time and Valley City State won the game 3-1 to claim the Region title.
Kelli is a great competitor and played three sports, volleyball, basketball and softball at Battle Lake High School and MSCTC. She is a winner and I'm sure is one of the main contributors to this championship team. She can play on my team anytime!!
The Fergus Falls Jaycees, along with the Fergus Falls Hurricanes Baseball Team, will host the annual Pitch, Hit and Run competition at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park in Fergus Falls. Boys and girls ages 7-14 will participate in a baseball style competition. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. with the competition starting at 10:30 a.m.
Kellen Shebeck is once again going to coach the American Legion Post 30 baseball team this summer. First, Kellen will be married on the third of June. Congratulations Coach Shebeck! A sign-up form for American Legion baseball is available in the Fergus Falls Senior High School office. Anyone with any questions can contact Kellen at 218-205-1427.