2003-04 Baseball NCAA Midwest
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Three Cobbers Cap Careeers By Being Named to the Midwest All-Region Teams.
Named to the NCAA Midwest All-Region Team for the 2nd straight season.
Sacred Heart, Minn.
Earns All-Region honors for the second straight year.
Led the team in hitting and RBI's in 2004, and was named to the All-Region Third Team.
Three Concordia senior baseball players capped their careers by being named to the NCAA All-Midwest Region Teams. Jeremy Hinderks (Sr., Renville, Minn./R-C-W HS) was named to the All-Midwest Second Team, while Ryan Hebrink (Sr., Sacred Heart, Minn./R-C-W HS) and Luther Kangas (Sr., Vadnais Heights, Minn./White Bear lake HS) were placed on the All-Midwest Third Team. It is the second consecutive year that Hinderks and Hebrink have been recognized with All-Region honors. Last season Hinderks was also named to All-Region Second Team, while Hebrink earned All-Region Honorable Mention honors. Kangas
The trio of senior players helped Concordia to a second place finish in the MIAC regular season and a berth in the four-team conference tournament. The postseason appearance was the third time in four years that the Cobbers have participated in the MIAC playoffs. Concordia finished the season 22-15 overall and 14-6 in the MIAC. The Cobbers finished the regular season by winning 15 of their last 18 games. At one point, Concordia was 0-3 in the league and 7-10 overall. Their midseason turnaround was sparked by a school-record 12-game winning streak. With their 22 overall wins, Concordia has won 46 games in the past two seasons, which is the third highest total in the MIAC during that time.
Earlier in the month Hinderks was named the MIAC Pitcher of the Year, becoming the first pitcher in school history to win MIAC Pitcher of the Year honors since the award was instituted in 1998. Hinderks also earned all-conference honors for the second consecutive season. He had another dominant year as the teamís number one starting pitcher. Hinderks posted an 8-5 overall record and finished the year with a 2.33 ERA. He led the team in wins, ERA and strikeouts (65). His 92.2 innings pitched during the entire year is a new school record for most innings pitched in a single season. He also finished his career with the second highest total in school history in innings pitched. Hinderks finished his four years with 217.1 innings pitches, second only to Howard Berglund's 225.2 innings. Hinderks also tied Berglund for most career wins. The pair both amassed 22 victories in their storied careers. Finally, Hinderks set a school record for most appearances in a career. His 55 total appearances broke the old school mark of 52 held by Derek Dormanen ('03).
Like Hinderks, Hebrink was also named to MIAC All-Conference Team for the second consecutive year. Hebrink set a new school record for home runs in a single season in 2004. He clouted 11 roundtrippers this season and finished with 30 on his career. Both are Concordia records. Hebrink also set a school record for RBI's in a career. He finished with 119 in his four years, surpassing Chris Coste's mark of 110.
He tied for the team lead in hits (38), home runs, total bases (80) and slugging percentage (.690). He was also second on the team in runs scored (28) and RBI's (30). He also tied with Hinderks for the team lead in saves (3). As a pitcher, he finished the season with a 1-0 record and a 4.22 ERA.
Kangas ends his Cobber
career by being named to the all-region team after he collected all-conference
honors for the first time in his career. He was the anchor of the team's
defense as the starting catcher, a role he assumed early in the season.
He ended up playing in 34 of the team's 36 games. He led the team in hitting
with a .349 average. That mark is over 100 points higher from last season
and up 75 points from his career average. He also led the team in RBI's
(38) and finished tied for the lead in hits (38). Kangas was second in
slugging percentage (.578), third in home runs (5) and total bases
2004 NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region Baseball Team
2004 NCAA Division III All-Midwest
Region Baseball Teams
Pos Name Yr. School
C Brad Baglien Sr. St. Olaf College
C Korey Feiner* Sr. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
1B Matt Peetz Sr. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
1B Ben Sherer So. Gustavus Adolphus College
2B Jeremy Jirschele# Jr. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
SS Mike Kimlinger So. University of St. Thomas
3B Travis Krahn Sr. Edgewood College
OF Tony Konicek Fr. Gustavus Adolphus College
OF Brett Olson Jr. University of St. Thomas
OF Jed Riegelman Sr. St. Johnís University
UT Ryan Callahan Sr. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
UT Brady Endl*&= Sr. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
UT Dan Williams Jr. Ripon College
P Mike Ramthun Sr. University of St. Thomas
P Greg Reinhard So. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Pos Name Yr. School
C John Dunleavy So. Ripon College
SS Andrew Wong So. Lawrence University
3B Casey Garven Sr. University of St. Thomas
3B Eric Stangel Jr. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
OF Chris Griffin Jr. St. Norbert College
OF Josh Howard Jr. University of St. Thomas
OF Jami Kaul Sr. Concordia University (Wis.)
OF Lucas Lechnir# Sr. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
P Jeremy Hinderks# Sr. Concordia College (Minn.)
P Ben Huffman# Jr. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
P Brian Krause Jr. University of St. Thomas
P Steve Plucinski*& Jr. Lakeland College
P Charlie Ruud*& Sr. St. Olaf College
P Jordan Timm* Sr. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
P Eric Tobias So. St. Olaf College
P Noah Wishau Jr. Ripon College
Pos Name Yr. School
C Luther Kangas Sr.Concordia College (Minn.)
C Ryan Levendoski Sr. University of Wisconsin-Platteville
C Greg Meinertz Jr. University of Wisconsin-Stout
1B Alan Betourne Jr. Monmouth College
1B Chester Janke Sr. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1B Sean Young So. University of St. Thomas
2B Joel Brettingen& Sr. Macalester College
2B Tony Cicalello Sr. St. Maryís University
2B Jake Frombach So. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2B Nic Teach Jr. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
SS Ryan Hebrink Sr.Concordia College (Minn.)
3B Josh Shere So. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
OF Eric Baldwin Jr. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
OF Kyle Heckendorf# Sr. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
OF Nick Olsen Jr. St. Norbert College
OF Tyler Schmitt Jr. Lakeland College
P Cole Deibele# Sr. St. Johnís University
P Andy Steffen Sr. Concordia University (Wis.)
* - First Team In 2003
# - Second Team In 2003 & - First Team In 2002 = - First Team In 2001
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