WAYNE – Six Nebraskans and one player from Minnesota will join the Wayne State College baseball team next year after signing their national letter of intent.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, head baseball coach Alex Koch announced the Wildcat fall signing class for the 2021-2022 season which includes four pitchers, two catchers and one outfielder.
The list of recruits are Josh Kilzer of Omaha, Jacob Kneifl from Wayne, Camden Madsen of Bellevue, Keagan McLaughlin from Gretna, Riley Miller of Cannon Falls, Minnesota; Tyler Obrecht from Omaha and Jackson Shelburne of Gretna.
Josh Kilzer is a 6-2, 170-pound right-handed pitcher from Ralston High School where he is a two-year starter in baseball and basketball. Kilzer earned Lincoln Journal Star and NCPA Academic All-State honors in baseball and basketball and was an NCPA (Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association) Academic All-State choice in basketball.
Jacob Kneifl, a 6-2, 180-pound left-handed pitcher from Wayne High School, is a three-year starter in baseball and also lettered in basketball for the Blue Devils. He is a Class B All-State honorable mention selection as a freshman and sophomore and ranked seventh in Class B in strikeouts as a sophomore (42) and fifth as a freshman with 43. (Junior season canceled due to COVID-19). Kneifl helped Wayne with the 2018 Class B Junior Legion State title in the summer and has posted an impressive 17-0 record with a .0708 ERA the last two summers for Wayne Legion Post 43. He also excels in the classroom earning Academic All-State accolades in baseball.
Camden Madsen is a 5-8, 155-pound outfielder at Bellevue West High School where he has started three years in baseball. Madsen plays travel ball with the Nebraska Prospects and hit .438 with 28 hits and 15 stolen bases as a junior. Last summer, he posted a .329 average with 12 stolen bases and helped his team to a 26-8 record. Camden will join older brother Brendan on the Wildcat baseball team.
Keagan McLaughlin is a 6-1, 180-pound catcher from Gretna High School where he is a two-year starter.
Riley Miller is a 6-1, 190-pound left-handed pitcher from Cannon Falls High School in Minnesota where he is a four-year starter in baseball and two-year starter in football. Riley’s junior season (2019-20) was canceled due to COVID-19 but as a sophomore earned All-Hiawatha Valley League and All-Section honors after striking out 50 batters with a 1.47 ERA and was named Most Valuable Player on the team. In football, Miller is a two-time team captain and named Defensive Player of the Year.
Tyler Obrecht is a 6-0, 180-pound catcher from Millard North High School and joins older brother Ryan who is a pitcher for the Wildcats. He plays travel ball with the Nebraska Prospects team.
Jackson Shelburne is a 6-5, 220-pound right-handed pitcher from Gretna High School where he played baseball, football and basketball.
The Wayne State College baseball team went 8-7 in non-conference play last spring when the remainder of the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19. An official baseball schedule has not yet been set for WSC in the Spring of 2021.