HELMAN, MORGENSEN LEAD DRAGON POSTSEASON HONORS

HELMAN, MORGENSEN LEAD DRAGON POSTSEASON HONORS

HCC Sports Information
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hutchinson Community College sophomore Michael Helman and freshman Bobby Morgensen led a group of seven Blue Dragon baseball players to earn Jayhawk Conference and Region VI postseason honors.

Helman was named the 2017 Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player and Morgensen was named the 2017 conference Freshman of the Year. In all, five Blue Dragon players earned first-team all-Jayhawk West status and two others were named to the second team.

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MICHAEL HELMAN
Jayhawk West MVP, Jayhawk West 1st Team, Region VI 1st Team
Helman became Hutchinson's third Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player and the first since Jake Schleppenbach in 2015.

Helman shattered the Blue Dragon record books in 2017 and led the NJCAA in batting average and total hits.

The sophomore second baseman from Lincoln, Nebraska, hit .487 with 111 total hits, both marks are Blue Dragon records. Helman also became the first Blue Dragon and first player in Jayhawk Conference history to reach 200 hits for a career.

Helman hit 17 home runs, 17 doubles, five triples, set a school-record for runs scored with 111 and drove in 73. Helman had a .567 on-base percentage and .829 slugging percentage. The Dragon second baseman was 30 of 34 in stolen bases.

Helman also set a school record with a 25-game hitting streak. He had at least one hit in 54 of 60 games played this season in leading the Blue Dragons to the 2017 Jayhawk West Championship and the highest national ranking in team history at No. 3.

BOBBY MORGENSEN
Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year, Jayhawk West 1st Team, Region VI 1st Team
A freshman from Omaha, Nebraska, is Hutchinson's second-straight Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year. Caden Doga was the 2016 Freshman of the Year.

Morgensen tied the Blue Dragon single-season record for runs batted in with 87 this season. That mark led the Jayahawk Conference and was fourth in the NJCAA.

Morgensen had 85 total hits and hit .368 for the season. Morgensen had 19 doubles, 10 home runs and two triples. He scored 53 total runs and had a 10-game hitting streak to start the season.

BRADY HOOVER
Jayhawk West 1st Team, Region VI 2nd Team
A third-year player from Wichita, Hoover had a strong season at first base. Hoover was second on the team with 12 home runs and was one of seven players with 47 or more RBIS for the season, driving in 47 runs.

Hoover hit .306 for the season with 55 total hits, including 13 doubles. He scored 47 runs and fielded .986 with only five errors in 356 chances at first base.

SHANE COOPER
Jayhawk West 1st Team, Region VI 2nd Team, Region VI Gold Glove.
Cooper was a freshman All-American and had another tremendous season for the Blue Dragons, starting 59 of 60 games at shortstop and hitting leadoff this past season.

Cooper, from O'Fallon, Missouri, hit .342 and had a .433 on-base percentage. He had 80 total hits with 12 doubles, four triples and eight home runs. Cooper scored 78 runs and drove in 54 from the lead-off spot. He drew a team-high 37 walks.

Defensively, Cooper made a huge improvement, committing only nine errors this season in 150 chances for a .961 fielding percentage.

ZACH MOORE
Jayhawk West 1st Team, Region VI 2nd Team
Moore posted a record of 8-0 in his freshman season, the first Blue Dragon freshman to post a perfect record with six or more victories since Tyler Coufal win 2014.

Moore made 11 starts with four complete games and one shutout. He had an earned-run average of 3.88.

In 58 innings pitched, Moore was third on the team with 44 strikeouts and walked only 18. He allowed 69 hits, 39 runs and 32 earned runs.

Moore tossed a five-inning complete game against Seward County where he allowed only five hits and struck out four. He had a season-high seven strikeouts against Cloud County.

NOLAN HAKEL
Jayhawk West 2nd Team
Nolan Hakel had a tremendous comeback season after injuries cut his freshman season short.

Hakel wound up hitting .361 with 75 total hits, including 16 doubles, a team-high five triples and nine home runs. He drove in 46 runs and scored 53. Hakel was  11 of 11 in stolen bases. He also had three outfield assists this season.

WYATT DIVIS
Jayhawk West 2nd Team
Divis was second on the team with a .397 batting average with 62 total hits, including 18 doubles and 10 home runs. Divis drove in 61 runs and had 49 runs scored.

Over his last 30 games, Divis hit a team-high .527 with 48 hits and 44 RBIs.

Divis also became a huge contributor on the mound as well, posting a 6-2 record with a 3.85 ERA.