First baseman Creighton Wilke, who led the nation in home runs with 17, is among six Southeast Community College baseball players who earned awards following the 2014 season.
Wilke, a sophomore from Lincoln East High School, was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II First Team. The power-hitting Wilke played in all 64 games this season and batted .355 with 17 home runs (tied for most nationally), 73 runs batted in (second nationally), 67 runs scored, and 25 stolen bases. From March 7-25, a span of 14 games in which the Storm went 11-3, Wilke hit 10 home runs.
Storm Head Coach Dion Parks praised Wilke.
“Creighton had an incredible season for us this year,” Parks said. “Creighton’s work ethic and dedication allowed him to achieve this prestigious award. He is the first player to be named First-Team All-American in baseball in school history. As a coaching staff, we couldn’t be more proud of what he achieved this year.”
Wilke helped the Storm to a final record of 39-25 and a berth in the district championship game. Wilke had two two-home run contests, March 25 in a 12-5 victory over Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and on April 10 in a 10-2 victory over McCook Community College. He drove in six runs against Fort Scott and five against McCook.
For the season, Wilke had 33 extra base hits and a .690 slugging percentage. He also had a .983 fielding percentage at first base.
Quinten Conrad, a sophomore pitcher from Elkhorn South, is one of nine players nationally to receive a Gold Glove Award in NJCAA Division II. He appeared in 16 games for SCC, starting 11, and finished with a 5-5 record and a 3.08 earned-run average. He struck out 50 batters in 61 1/3 innings and recorded one save.
Conrad made no errors and had seven put-outs and 10 assists for a 1.000 fielding percentage.
“Quinten’s Gold Glove was well-deserved,” Parks said. “He was great at fielding his position. All the hours he spent working on it allowed him to be successful on the mound and to win this award. We are proud of him.”
Wilke was one of five Storm players who earned All-Region IX honors. He is joined by Colton Adams, freshman pitcher from Beatrice High School; Tandon Dorn, a sophomore infielder from Filley (Beatrice High School); Daniel Regan, a sophomore outfielder from Omaha South High School; and Cody Valdez, a sophomore pitcher from Omaha Westside High School.