Wayne State College head baseball coach Alex Koch (cook) has announced that five high school standouts have signed national letters of intent during the NCAA early signing period and will continue their academic and athletic careers at Wayne State College in the 2018-19 school year. The signings include Grant Carl of Bennington, Cade Herrmann from Gretna, Ryan Obrecht of Omaha, Nathan Sailors of Ralston and Andrew Staebell from Omaha.
“Our baseball program is extremely excited about this year’s early signees – five talented high school players,” remarked Coach Koch. “Our main focus in this class was to find arms that could help us right away and not only did we find arms, we found athletic kids that have a chance of playing on both sides for us.”
Koch added, “We like getting the best kids out of the Omaha metro area and we feel we accomplished that. These kids work hard both in the classroom and on the field and they fit well with our program so that we can continue to try and obtain our goals every year.”
Grant Carl is a 5-11, 155-pound right-handed pitcher/outfielder from Bennington High School where he is a three-year starter in baseball. Last summer in American Legion ball, he posted a 6-1 record with a 1.87 ERA and 51 strikeouts while working 45 innings and was selected to the All-Star Team in the Eastern Nebraska Baseball League. At the plate, he produced 30 RBI with one homer, six doubles and three triples. Carl has played on state runner up teams in American Legion ball in 2015 and 2016.
Cade Herrmann is a 5-11, 170-pound third baseman/right-handed pitcher from Gretna High School. He has helped Gretna win back-to-back district titles the last two seasons and in American Legion ball last summer hit .326.
Ryan Obrecht, a 6-3, 170-pound right-handed pitcher/utility player from Millard North High School, is a two-year starter in baseball. Last spring, he recorded a .356 batting average while helping his team to a district title and earned Class A All-State honorable mention from the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star.
Nathan Sailors is a 6-1, 175-pound right-handed pitcher/shortstop from Ralston High School where he is a four-year starter in baseball and three-year starter in football. Sailors helped Ralston to a 15-9 record last spring and a #8 ranking in Class B and tied for second in the state in Class B with two saves with a 3-3 record and 2.60 ERA. He was an All-State Class B honorable mention selection and has helped Ralston reach the district finals the last two seasons.
Andrew Staebell, a 6-2, 215-pound left-handed pitcher from Millard South High School, is a two-year letter winner who helped his team to a third place finish at the Class A State Baseball Tournament with a 27-10 record. He was 3-2 in 10 appearances and seven starts with a 2.65 ERA, recording 37 strikeouts in 39.2 innings pitched.
Wayne State finished the 2017 season at 29-24 overall and fourth place in the Northern Sun Conference with a 23-15 league mark.