WAYNE – With spring sports ready to take over their diamond after the winter season, early signing period recruits were announced in mid-December for the Wayne State College baseball team.
According to a release, head baseball coach Alex Koch addressed that four high school standouts from Nebraska and Iowa have signed national letters of intent to attend WSC and play baseball for the Wildcats in the 2019-20 academic year.
The list includes Hunter Babe of Omaha, Trenton Frerichs from Hinton, Iowa, Nicholas Oden of Wahoo and Brody Sintek of Fremont.
Hunter Babe is a 5-10, 190-pound catcher from Springfield Platteview HS. As a junior last spring, he posted a .400 batting average with 18 RBI while catching every inning, helping Platteview to a 16-5 record and a district runner-up finish. Babe was a First Team All-Nebraska Capital Conference selection and was Class B All-State Honorable Mention. In summer legion baseball, he played on the Class B State Champion Senior Legion Team and was on the Class B Junior State Runner-up team in 2017.
Trenton Frerichs is a 6-0, 180-pound shortstop/right-handed pitcher from Sioux City North HS in Iowa where he is a four-year starter in baseball and basketball. As a pitcher, Frerichs posted an 8-2 record in 12 games with a 1.07 ERA during the summer, striking out 57 batters in 59 innings work while allowing just nine earned runs. At the plate, he batted .374 with 40 hits, 32 runs scored and a perfect 16 for 16 on stolen bases. Frerichs was also the leading scorer in basketball at Sioux City North last season averaging 12.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest.
Nick Oden is a 6-2, 190-pound right-handed pitcher from Wahoo High School. In summer American Legion baseball, Oden had a 6-0 record in 59 innings pitched with 58 strikeouts and a 3.06 ERA while posting a .337 average at the plate. In spring high school baseball, he helped Wahoo to a district title and #1 seed in the Class B State Baseball Tournament with a 17-6 record.
Brody Sintek is a 6-0, 165-pound right-handed pitcher from Fremont High School where he is a three-year starter in baseball. Last spring, he earned Class A All-State honorable mention honors from the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star and is an Academic All-State selection. Sintek has led his summer legion team in pitching wins the last two seasons and ranked in the top 15 in strikeouts in high school baseball last season.
The Wayne State College baseball team closed out their 2018 regular season 21-26 overall and seventh place in the NSIC with an 18-16 league mark. WSC will begin the 2019 season in Oklahoma on February 9-10 visiting Northeastern State (OK).