| 2002 Midwest All-Region Team |
Chad Felstul Earns All-Region Honors.
Senior Chad Felstul (Sr., Morris, Minn./Morris Area HS) ended his Concordia baseball career by being named to the NCAA All-Midwest Region team. Felstul was placed on the Midwest Region All American Third Team as a firstbasemen. It is the first time that Felstul has been named to an all-region team. Felstul helped the Cobbers to a fourth place finish in the MIAC in the spring - their second consecutive fourth place finish.
Felstul finished second on the team in batting average at .393, which was the highest of his four-year career. In league play he finished with a .439 average, fifth best in the MIAC. He also finished fourth in the league in slugging percentage (.758), sixth in on-base percentage (.493), tied for fourth in total bases (50) and tied for second in doubles (9). His season total in two-baggers of 12 pushed his four-year total to 34, which pushed him past Chris Coste (Fargo, N.D. '95) for the school record in that category.
2002 BASEBALL MIDWEST ALL-REGION
2002 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Player of the Year:Vinnie Rottino, Senior, SS Wisconsin-La Crosse (Racine, Wis.) American Baseball Coaches Association first-team All-American, ABCA first-team All-Midwest Region, first-team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association and WIAC Player of the Year ... batted .410 with 57 runs scored, 19 doubles, 15 home runs, 50 RBI and a .759 slugging percentage.
2002 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Pitcher of the Year: Bill Verbrick, Senior Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Appleton, Wis.) American Baseball Coaches Association second-team All-American, ABCA first-team All-Midwest Region, first-team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association and WIAC Pitcher of the Year ... went 10-2 with a 3.09 earned run average in 15 appearances and 12 starts ... struck out 115 batters in 102.0 innings pitched ... opponents batted just .214 against him.
Midwest Region All American First Team: Catcher - Brad Mazer, Gustavus Adolphus; Ben Stanley, Wis.-Oshkosh; Nick Thoen, Ripon; Second Base - Joel Brettingen, Macalester; Shortstop - Vinnie Rottino, Wis.-La Crosse; Brian Sprout, St. Olaf; Third Base - Paul Molitor, Wis.-Stevens Point; Aaron Johnson, Ripon; Outfield - Randy Reed, Wis.-Stevens Point; Vance Henning, Lakeland; Utility - Brady Endl, Wis.-Whitewater; Pitcher - Bill Verbrick, Wis.-Stevens Point; Steve Plucinski, Lakeland; Charlie Ruud, St. Olaf; Brian Whinnery, St. Thomas.
Midwest Region All American Second Team: Catcher - Joe Waksmonski, Wis.-Stevens Point; First Base - Chester Janke, Wis.-La Crosse; Ryan Jones, Wis.-Stevens Point; Pat Kelter, Edgewood; Second Base - Eric Roecker, Ripon; Third Base - Tom Carroll, St. Thomas; Joe Shere, Wis.-Whitewater; Outfield - Jed Riegelman, St. John's; Luke Sather, St. Thomas; Travis Van Zile, Wis.-Whitewater; Utility - Chris Thousand, Lakeland; Pitcher - Steve Fauk, Ripon; Ryan Johnson, Monmouth; Joe Larkins, Monmouth; John Schaffler, Gustavus Adolphus.
Midwest Region All American Third Team: Catcher - Jimmy Bombuile,
Grinnell; Taylor Thiel, Monmouth; First Base - Chad
Felstul, Concordia-Moorhead; Jake Green, Illinois College; Shortstop
- Brad Mott, Ripon; Emmanuel Rivera, Wis.-Platteville; Third Base - Kevin
Jones, Wis.-Oshkosh; Outfield - Scott DeWyre, Wis.-River Falls; Ryan Ivy,
Wis.-Stevens Point; Nick Olsen, St. Norbert; Steve Ryan, St. Olaf; Utility
- Derek Dormanen, Concordia-Moorhead; Jake Fakes, Marian; Nick Johnson,
Ripon; Pitcher - Randy Borgardt, Wis.-Whitewater; Jeff Jasperson, St. Olaf;
Jeff Pieper, Wis.-Stevens Point.
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