Three Wildcats earn All-Region baseball honors
Three Wayne State baseball players were voted to the 2019 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Div. II Baseball All-Central Region Team, as Andrew Hanson received second-team All-Region honors while Ryan Obrecht and Kyle Thompson were honorable mention selections.
Hanson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound sophomore designated hitter, received second-team All-Region honors with a .303 batting average this season. He produced five homers with 31 RBI and ranked second on the team in stolen bases (14) and was third on the team in hits with 54. Hanson went 4-for-6 with two homers and a career-best six RBI at Fort Hays State on Feb. 14. Other postseason honors for Hanson this year include second-team All-NSIC and D2CCA All-Central Region Second Team.
Obrecht, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound freshman pitcher, was named first-team All-NSIC and D2CCA All-Central Region Second Team after a stellar freshman season on the hill for the Wildcats. He posted a 7-2 record in 12 appearances and nine starts with a 2.04 ERA, ranking fourth in the NSIC. In 57.1 innings of work, Obrecht allowed just 40 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 50 batters with just 15 walks.
Obrecht had a streak of 21 1/3 scoreless innings late in the season that included three straight shutout wins at Minot State, at Winona State and vs. Concordia-St. Paul. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Concordia-St. Paul on April 24 and finished with a season-high 10 strikeouts and a one-hit shutout in a 11-0 win, resulting in NSIC Pitcher of the Week honors. Obrecht led the NSIC this season in opponent batting average (.194), tied for first in fewest earned runs allowed (13), tied for second in fewest hits allowed (40) and tied for sixth in wins (7). He was also the only pitcher in the NSIC this season to not allow a home run.
Thompson, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior third baseman, was a first-team All-NSIC honoree for the Wildcats this season after leading the team in batting with a .343 batting average. He led Wayne State in hits (61), total bases (101) and slugging percentage (.567), finishing the season tied for 10th in total bases and 11th in slugging percentage. Thompson hit eight homers with 44 RBI this season and was named NSIC Player of the Week Feb. 19 after opening the season with grand slams in back-to-back weeks at Northeastern State and Fort Hays State.