(Monday, May 17; Sioux Center, Iowa) The 2021 Great Plains Athletic Conference Baseball All-Conference teams have been announced after balloting by the conference coaches at the conclusion of the season. Eight Dordt players were recognized for their play this season.
Logan Cline (Junior; Cheyenne, Wyoming) and Gyeongju Kim (Junior; Seoul, South Korea) were both named to the first team. Cline had a .407 batting average with 66 hits, 13 doubles, seven homeruns and 39 runs batted in and he had 30 stolen bases and scored 54 runs. Cline established single season records in hits and stolen bases this season. Kim posted a 5-4 record this season in 10 starts and had six complete games with 68 innings pitched and a school record 99 strikeouts. Kim was 3-2 in seven GPAC starts and struck out 64 batters in 46 innings. He was also named to the Gold Glove Team after being perfect in 15 defensive attempts and he started a pair of double-plays. One player at each position is honored by the GPAC and is now submitted for national consideration by the NAIA.
“It is great to see these young men get recognized for their accomplishments on the field. Cline and Kim are very deserving of being named to the first-team. They both broke single season records for our program and consistently performed at a high level off the field. Kim also is very deserving of the Gold glove for his position. He takes pride in his ability to defend his position and this is apparent by his errorless season,” said Dordt baseball coach Nathan Bacon.
Chase Edwards (Senior; Chandler, Arizona), Nick Hamilton (Junior; Sun City, Arizona) and John Emerson (Sophomore; Denver, Colorado) were named to the second-team. Edwards batted .380 with 63 hits, 13 doubles and seven homeruns with a school record 57 runs batted in. Hamilton batted .325 with 41 hits and a school record 11 homeruns and he knocked in 40 runs. Emerson posted a .373 batting average with 62 hits, 27 runs batted in and he scored 36 runs.
“Chase, Nick and John had great seasons and put themselves in the single season record books here at Dordt. They are very deserving of being recognized by the GPAC,” said Bacon.
Austin Pullar (Senior; Olympia, Washington), Nick Yeager (Sophomore; Canton, Michigan) and Jadon Vander Molen (Junior; Riverbank, California) earned all-GPAC honorable mention. Pullar batted .302 and had a career high 52 hits with 12 doubles and had 45 runs scored. Yeager posted a 3-3 record with 31 strikeouts in 26 innings of work and Vander Molen was 2-2 in 10 relief appearances with 11 strikeouts in 15 innings of work. Vander Molen was 2-1 in conference games with a 3.12 earned run average.
“Yeager, Vander Molen, and Austin Pullar each performed well throughout the year and it is great to see them recognized. We are [roud of the work that all of these men put in throughout the year and love seeing their work recognized,” said Bacon.
Dordt posted a 16-30 record and was 9-19 in GPAC games.