|Ryan Schlosser||Eric Olheiser|
Century College baseball players Ryan Schlosser and Eric Olheiser were recently named to the 2015 NJCAA All American teams for their successful 2015 seasons. Schlosser, a freshmen RHP from South St Paul High School, was named 2nd Team NJCAA All American. Olheiser, a sophomore 3B from Tartan High School, was named 3rd Team All American. Schlosser was also voted as Region XIII Player of the year this past spring. Both players helped lead Century to a 40-9 record and a 4th place finish at the 2015 NJCAA DIII World Series this past spring. This was the 2nd trip to the NJCAA World Series in the past 3 years for the Wood Ducks.
Both Schlosser and Olheiser were also were named to the All Region XIII Baseball Team along with fellow teammates Mitch DeGrasse (Sophomore RHP, Eau Claire, WI), and Axel Twenge (freshman OF, Minnetonka, MN).
Century College freshman pitcher Ryan Schlosser is currently playing for the Eau Claire Express in the Northwoods League, one of the premiere summer collegiate leagues in the USA. To follow Ryan’s summer season, go to: http://northwoodsleague.com/eau-claire-express/
Schlosser is the 7th Century College baseball player to play in the Northwoods League the past 5 years.
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 team will have some big shoes to fill as they try and replace 22 sophomores from a very successful 2014 squad who was ranked #1 nationally most of the 2014 season. The Wood Ducks finished the 2014 season with a 39-12 record, falling 1 game short of a repeat appearance at the NJCAA World Series.
In 2015, there will be numerous new faces on the field for Century. On the pitching staff, redshirt sophomore Mitch Degrasse (Eau Claire, WI) will look to rebound from Tommy John surgery in 2013 when he was the ace of the staff that year. Alex Freese (Osceola, WI), Josh Stuempert (Woodbury), and Patrick Mulvaney (White Bear Lake) are the only other returning pitchers who saw innings in 2014. Nate Olin (Somerset, WI) is a redshirt freshmen who was hurt in 2014, but looks to be ready in 2015.
The Wood Ducks do have some very talented freshmen pitchers who are battling for spots in the rotation including: Ryan Schlosser (RHP - South St. Paul), Isaiah Strassburg (LHP - Chippewa Falls, WI), Corey Roach (RHP/3B - Brookings, SD), Trenten Rabel (LHP/OF - Forest Lake), Chase Gurule (RHP - Roy, Utah), Josh Buschette (RHP – Sauk Centre), and Christian Zellner (RHP - White Bear Lake).
“Inexperience on our pitching staff is the biggest thing we have to overcome this year,” stated Head Coach Dwight Kotila. “We have to replace our top 5 pitchers who all signed with NCAA DI and II colleges after last season, and 2 others who went to NCAA DIII colleges. We expect Mitch DeGrasse to be ready to go now that he is almost 2 years removed from Tommy John surgery, and we do have a talented freshmen group of pitchers who have a chance to be good if they can keep developing.”
The Wood Ducks return only 1 starting position player from 2014, and that is 2B Skylar Cary (.431; 9-2B; 30 RBI). Other returning sophomores who saw action in 2014 include: 1B Bo Howard (.385; 1-HR); CF Spencer Merle; OF Garrett Ganskie, and SS/3B Eric Olheiser.
A pair of NCAA D1 transfers will help add experience and talent to the lineup. Justus Nelson (C) and Axel Twenge (SS/3B) both transferred from the University of North Dakota. Jeff Holmes (OF - Oakton CC, IL) is another transfer that will add depth to the OF. Some incoming freshmen that are fighting for starting spots include: Owen Carlson (C – Owatonna); Andrew Penney (OF – Fargo, ND); Matt Hasselquist (C/1B – Chisago Lakes); Wes Anderson (SS – Duluth East); Carter Roach (2B – Brookings, SD).
“Even though we have to replace 7 starting position players from 2014, we did bring in some talented transfers and freshmen who will be very good players once they get more experience,” stated Kotila. “I expect us to be pretty good defensively, and the offense will improve as the season goes on.”
Century opens the 2015 season in Millington, Tennessee and USA Stadium where they will participate in the Babe Howard Classic February 26 - March 1. The team will also travel to Orlando, Florida to play 12 games at the RussMatt Invitational March 11-20, and to Illinois for 6 games March 26-29.
“We had a tremendous season in 2014 being ranked #1 nationally most of the year, and we had 12 players move on to NCAA DI, II, III, and NAIA schools,” 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