Wayne State College baseball coach Alex Koch has announced the Wildcat fall signing class for the 2021-22 season, adding seven players that include four boxes, two catchers and one outfielder.
The list of recruits includes Josh Kilzer of Omaha, Jacob Kneifl of Wayne, Camden Madsen of Bellevue, Keagan McLaughlin of Gretna, Riley Miller of Cannon Falls, Minnesota Tyler Obrecht of 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-old starting in baseball and basketball. Kilzer earned the Lincoln Journal Star and the NCPA Academic All-State honors in baseball and basketball and was an NCPA (Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association) Academic All-State choice in basketball.
“Josh fills up the strike zone and has three quality lanes with a fastball entering the upper 80’s,” commented Coach Koch. “Josh will have the opportunity to bring in quality input for us next season.”
Jacob Kneifl, a 6-2, 180-pound left-handed pitcher from Wayne High School, is a three-year-old starting baseball and has also written in basketball for the Blue Devils. He is a Class B All-State honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore and ranked seventh in Class B on strike 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 this summer and has set an impressive 17-0 record with 0.71 ERA the last two summers for Wayne Legion Post 43. He also excels in the classroom and earns academic all -state awards in baseball.
“Jacob is a great kid who grew up around Wayne State baseball,” Koch said. “He is a tall, slender left with a fastball in the mid 80’s. Jacob has a lot of room to grow and will compete for innings as a freshman. ”
Madsen plays ball with Nebraska Prospects and hits. 438 with 28 hits and 15 stolen bases as a junior. Last summer, he posted an average of .329 with 12 stolen bases and helped his team to a 26-8 record. Camden will join older brother Brendan on the Wildcat baseball team.
“Cam is a complete midfielder,” Coach Koch boasted. “He is solid defensively, has great speed, a great arm and a good bat. Cam will be able to steal many bases for us and do some damage to the top of the lineup. ”
Keagan McLaughlin is a 6-1, 180 pound catch from Gretna High School where he is two years starting.
“Keagan is solid behind the record and also gives a good bat to the program,” Koch said. “He’s a good ball player, and we’re looking for Keagan to contribute as a freshman behind the plate.”
Riley Miller is a 6-1, 190-pound left-handed pitcher from Cannon Falls High School in Minnesota, where he is a four-year start in baseball and a two-year start in football. Riley’s junior season (2019-20) was canceled due to COVID-19, but as the second year achieved All-Hiawatha Valley League and All-Section awards after striking out 50 strokes with a 1.47 ERA and was named the most valuable player on made. In football, Miller is twice team captain and named defender of the year.
“Riley has a quality arm that comes from Minnesota,” Koch said. “He has a fastball that is in the mid 80’s and a big upbringing. Riley will have a chance to look up to us as a beginner. ”
Tyler Obrecht is a 6-0, 180 pound catch 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.
“Tyler is a great defensive catch,” Coach Koch boasted. “He has a good pop time in the game and has a lot of room to grow and become stronger. Tyler will have a good opportunity to get some rounds as a first-year student in 2022. ”
Jackson Shelburne is a right-handed pitcher of 6-5, 220 pounds from Gretna High School where he played baseball, football and basketball.
“Jackson is 6-5 and has a fastball in the upper ’80s,” Koch said. “Look for Jackson to compete for a spot in our tournament as a freshman.”
Wayne State College is an NCAA Division II school located in Wayne, Nebraska and competes in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Wildcats were 8-7 in non-conference play last spring when the rest of the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19.