WAUKESHA, Wis. (WLCSports.com) – Freshmen Dylan Knoespel (Brillion, Wis.) and Brannigan Hart (Davie, Fla.) of the Wisconsin Lutheran College baseball team have received All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference honors, it was announced Thursday as the league released its postseason awards for the 2017 baseball season. They are the first two Warriors to receive All-Freshman accolades from the NACC in the same season.
Hart, who played in 30 of 37 games for the Warriors, was selected to the 10-member All-Freshman Team. He was second on the team with a .984 fielding percentage including a pair of outfield assists. At the plate, Hart was second on the team in on-base percentage (.382) and third in batting average (.309). He finished his rookie season with 34 hits, 13 RBIs, and 11 runs scored.
Knoespel, a right-handed pitcher who was also selected to the All-Freshman Team, made a team-high nine starts for the Warriors on the mound, compiling a 2-5 overall record. The newcomer tossed a team-high 53.0 innings and fanned a team-leading 34 batters while maintaining a 4.92 earned run average.
Bryan VanDuser of Concordia Chicago was named the NACC Position Player of the Year, Benedictine's Frank Greco was voted Pitcher of the Year, and MSOE's D.J. Ellifson was named the league's Freshman of the Year. Concordia Chicago head coach Mike Stawski earned his second straight conference Coach of the Year honor.
The Warriors finished their 2017 season under first-year head coach Andy Schwall with a 16-21 overall record and an 8-12 mark in the NACC. WLC graduates just two players from its roster in Noah Schriefer (San Diego, Calif.) and Ryan Stancl (Bartlett, Ill.).