The 2015-16 Century College baseball program had 3 players sign National Letters of Intent to continue their career at NCAA Division II and NAIA programs during the fall NCAA signing period.
Sophomores Ryan Schlosser (Minnesota State – Mankato), Noah Bluth (Minnesota State – Mankato), and Matt Hasselquist (Grand View University ) signed national letters of intent to continue their baseball careers and are receiving baseball scholarships. Schlosser and Hasselquist were major contributors to for the Wood Ducks as they finished 4th at the 2015 NJCAA World Series. Noah Bluth played his freshmen year at Southwest Minnesota State University before transferring to Century for the 2015-16 year.
Schlosser is a RHP from South St. Paul HS and was 9-3 with 3.65 ERA as a freshman in 2015. In 71.1 innings, Schlosser struck out 81 and walked only 18. He was also named 2nd Team NJCAA All American in 2015. Hasselquist is a 1B from Chisago lakes HS and hit .292 with 5 HR and 31 RBI as a freshman in 2015. Bluth is a catcher from St Anthony Village HS and hit .457 as a freshman with Southwest Minnesota State in 2015.
“We are very excited for these players to have the opportunity to move on the next level and play for some great programs,” stated Head Coach Dwight Kotila. “They came to Century College with the goal of moving on to a top level university, and through their hard work, their goal was reached.”
The NCAA early signing period is held in the fall (starting November 11), and also has a spring signing period in April. “We have other sophomores who will be signing with NCAA schools in the spring as well”, stated Coach Kotila.
In the last 5 years, Century has now had over 40 players move on to NCAA D1, D2, D3, and NAIA colleges.
As a member of the Century College baseball team, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a complete, comprehensive, nationally–ranked baseball program, which includes an 18–20 game fall schedule, and a 56–game spring schedule.
The fall and spring game schedule is very competitive, with numerous games scheduled with nationally– ranked teams from all over the country. The fall baseball season begins in late August and runs until November 10. Spring practice begins January 10.
The team travels to Florida in March, where they play 12-14 games at the RussMatt Invitational. The team also travels to play games in Illinois, Nebraska, and Tennessee on occasion. The baseball team plays and practices on campus at their baseball complex. The baseball field is widely known as one of the best fields in the area. The on-campus facilities include indoor and outdoor batting cages, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and much more.
The 2015-16 Century College baseball team looks to keep the winning tradition going after a very successful 2015 season where the Wood Ducks finished 4th at the NJCAA III World Series. The Wood Ducks finished the season with a 40-9 record and advanced to the NJCAA III World Series for the 2nd time in 3 years.
The Wood Ducks return 3 pitchers from last season, led by sophomore Ryan Schlosser (South St Paul). Schlosser was a 2nd Team All American and Region XIII Player of the Year in 2015 who looks to be one of the top returning pitchers in the NJCAA this season. Schlosser spent this past summer pitching for the Eau Claire Express of the Northwoods League, one of the top summer collegiate leagues. Sophomores Christian Zellner (White Bear Lake) and Corey Roach (Brookings, SD) pitched mostly relief in 2015, but they possibly could be starters this season.
The Wood Ducks have some very talented freshmen pitchers who will be battling for spots in the rotation including: Zach Rustad (Blaine); Jack Conway (Eagan); Josh Gaworski (Mounds View); Ben Johnson (Elk River); Jack Atkinson (St Cloud Apollo); Nick Fladager (Eagan); and Jacob Miller (Valley City, ND). Other freshmen who could see innings include Nash Dalzell (3B/P - Rogers) and Jackson Buelow (SS/P - St Paul Highland Park).
"We will definitely have more depth on the pitching staff this year," stated Head Coach Dwight Kotila. "We have our top pitcher returning, and 2 others who saw significant innings last season. Our freshmen group of pitchers have a chance to be pretty good if they can keep developing."
The Wood Ducks return 4 starting position players from 2015 led by NJCAA All Region 13 outfielder Axel Twenge (Minnetonka). Twenge hit .418 with 34 RBI, 4 HR, 9 doubles, and 4 triples. SS Wes Anderson (Duluth) hit .381 with 34 RBI, 11 doubles, and 3 HR. Other returning starters include 1B Matt Hasselquist (Chisago Lakes) who hit .292 with 5HR, and C/1B Owen Carlson (Owatonna) who hit .286 with 1 HR and 21 RBI.
A pair of transfers will help add experience and talent to the lineup. Sophomore Noah Bluth (C – St Anthony) transfers in after spending his freshman year at NCAA D2 Southwest Minnesota State University, and 3B/OF Spencer Hunt (Cedar Rapids, IA) transfers in after a year at NIACC.
An athletic group of incoming freshmen position players will look to make immediate impacts. These include: Keegan Macemon (OF/Inf - Hutchinson); Bobby Eckert (3B/C - Farmington); Preston Riewer (Inf – Bertha-Hewitt); Kyle Krogman (Inf - Brookings, SD); Matt Casperson (C - Brainerd); Troy Ouellete (OF – Robbinsdale Armstrong); Matt Turcotte (OF - Cedar Falls, IA); Matt Probst (SS – Prior Lake); Adam Kloss (OF – West Salem, WI); Hunter Blommer (OF –St Cloud Apollo); Jay Norgaard (C – Robbinsdale Armstrong); Logan Johnson (2B – Greenwood, WI); Brent Rosman (C – Wilbur, WA); and Winston Lane (Inf – Osseo).
"We have some very good experience returning, but our success this year will depend a lot on the development of our freshmen players," stated Kotila. "I expect us to be pretty good defensively, and the offense will improve as the season goes on."
Century opens the 2016 season in Omaha, Nebraska, March 4-6. The team will also travel to Orlando, Florida to play 14 games at the RussMatt Invitational March 9-19, and to Illinois for 6 games March 24-26.
"We had a tremendous season in 2015 finishing 4th at the NJCAA III World Series, and we had 11 players move on to various 4 year colleges," stated Head Coach Dwight Kotila. "This year, we have a lot of new faces, and it will take a little more time to get some of them game ready. But if everyone works hard and stays focused, I feel we will be in position to make a run towards another berth in the NJCAA World Series."
Director of Athletics/Head Baseball Coach Dwight Kotila, 651.779.3325