Storm baseball players rewarded for play

Sam Palensky.
Tyler Edwards
Tyler Edwards.

Sam Palensky, a sophomore second baseman for the Southeast Community College baseball team, was rewarded for his outstanding play by receiving five postseason awards.

Palensky, from Papillion LaVista South, earned Second-Team All-America honors by the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II, received the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Glove Award, earned spots on the North Plains All-District Team and All-Nebraska Junior College Team, and received the 2015 Marucci Elite Hitter Award for Regions 9, 11 and 13.

Palensky batted .421 with three home runs, 38 runs batted in, 57 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 53 games. Defensively, Palensky had 84 putouts, 96 assists, was involved in 29 double plays and committed just three errors for a .984 fielding percentage.

Palensky was joined on the All-America Second Team by Tyler Edwards, a freshman infielder/pitcher from Savage, Minn., (Prior Lake High School). Edwards batted .373 with nine home runs, 47 RBI and a team-leading 33 stolen bases.

Bryce Peterson and Nick Houston joined Palensky on the North Plains All-District Team. Peterson, a freshman outfielder from Lincoln (Norris High School), hit .361 and scored a team-high 66 runs. Houston, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Omaha (Millard South High School), was 6-4 in 17 appearances, allowing 72 hits, 54 runs (only 35 earned), and 26 walks while striking out 64 batters in 69 innings. He sported a 4.57 earned-run average.

SCC Storm players earned spots on the All-Nebraska Junior College Team were Palensky, Edwards and Peterson were joined by catcher Easton Herring, third baseman Dylan Yost and pitchers Colton Adams and Brock Collins on the first team. Honorable mention honors went to Southeast’s Paul Morrow. Palensky was named Honorary Captain.

Herring, a freshman from Pratt, Kan., batted .338 with a team-leading four triples. Yost, a sophomore from Omaha (Burke High School), hit .344 with 11 home runs and 69 RBI. He was just one hit off the team lead with 77, and he was second on the team in runs scored with 58. Adams, a sophomore from Beatrice, started 10 games for the Storm and posted a 7-3 won-loss record. He pitched 61 innings, giving up 68 hits, 34 runs (only 22 earned) and recorded a 3.25 ERA. Collins, a freshman from Savage, Minn. (Eden Prairie High School), was 4-1 with a team-leading three saves while posting a 2.39 ERA. Morrow, a sophomore from Omaha (Benson High School), hit .298 with 34 hits and 19 RBI.

The Storm finished the season with a 42-21 overall record, including 18-5 at Christenson Field in Beatrice. SCC went 1-2 in the North Plains District Tournament against North Iowa Area Community College. NIACC went 1-2 at the NJCAA Division II World Series.


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