WAYNE – As the Wayne State College baseball team will have their 2018 regular season come to an end this weekend, head baseball coach Alex Koch announced the signing of two student-athletes for the 2018-19 school year.
In a release from the Wayne State Athletics Office, Ryan Petersen of Papillion and Keegan Ruskamp of Pender have signed their national letters of intent during the recent NCAA spring signing period.
Ryan Petersen is a 6-2, 240-pound senior left handed pitcher from Papillion LaVista South High School where he is a two-year starter in baseball and football. Last season as a junior, Petersen recorded a 6-4 mark on the mound with one save and a 1.76 ERA, notching 48 strikeouts with just nine walks. He also had a .317 batting average and received Class A honorable mention All-State honors from the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star.
Keegan Ruskamp is a 6-2, 165-pound senior left handed pitcher from Wisner-Pilger High School where he is a three-sport standout in football, basketball and track and field along with American Legion baseball in the summer. Ruskamp earned All-District honors in football, was Third Team All-East Husker Conference in basketball after averaging 10.6 points per game and as a junior tied for fourth in the Class C high jump at the 2017 State Track Meet while also being a state qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles. He earned Academic All-State honors in football, basketball and track and field and earned the RHOP scholarship to attend Wayne State College.
The two spring signings join five other players in the 2019 recruiting class. Grant Carl of Bennington, Cade Herrmann from Gretna, Ryan Obrecht of Omaha, Nathan Sailors of Ralston and Andrew Staebell from Omaha all signed with Wayne State during the NCAA early signing period last November.
The Wayne State College baseball team will close out their regular season this Friday and Saturday, May 4-5 at Augustana University. Friday’s doubleheader is scheduled for 4/6 p.m. with games on Saturday set for Noon/2 p.m. The ‘Cats are currently seventh in league play (16-14) and 18-22 overall while (38-6) Augie is second in the conference with a 24-6 NSIC record.