Seven Vikings named all-NEIC
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:47 AM
Seven members of the Decorah baseball team were named all-Northeast Iowa Conference baseball selections.
Three were named first team, with three more second team and one honorable mention.
Junior Collin Nimrod was named first team pitcher for his first NEIC honor. He also was named first team pitcher by the district. He compiled an 11-2 record in 75 and 2/3 innings of work. He compiled a 1.39 ERA with 73 strikeouts. At the plate, he hit .361, with nine doubles and 36 runs scored.
Dustin Cary, a senior third baseman, was also named first team by both the district and the conference. He was a second team NEIC honoree last season. Cary hit .434 for the season, with a .755 slugging average. He had 12 doubles, two triples and six home runs. He also scored 25 runs and drove in 41. On the mound, Cary was 7-5 with a 2.65 ERA.
Manning center field, junior Jake Hovden earned his first all-NEIC honor. He also was named first team all-district. He led the team in batting average with a .495 mark, with a .560 on-base percentage and a .569 slugging clip. He scored 43 runs, most on the team, with 23 RBI.
Named to the second team NEIC were Bryton Meyer, Cole Svestka and Austin Ashbacher, all seniors.
Meyer, a first time honoree, played outfield for Decorah. He hit .329, with 21 RBI and 21 runs scored. Meyer also had a .505 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging mark.
Another outfielder, Svestka was recognized for the first time by the conference. He was a second team all-district selection. He hit .355 this season, with a .504 on-base percentage. Svestka scored 38 runs on 33 hits, with six doubles and 19 RBI. He was 13-for-13 on stolen bases.
Ashbacher, a senior utility player, hit .429 for Decorah, with a .752 slugging number. Ashbacher powered 17 doubles, most on the team, with five home runs. He led the way in RBI with 45 and scored 17 runs. Ashbacher also was named second team all-district.
Kyle Kane was recognized by being named NEIC honorable mention. The senior catcher and pitcher was named second team a year ago. Kane had 21 hits for the Vikes, with six doubles. On the mound, he was 3-3 with a 2.77 ERA.