Rochester, MN - he MCAC announced its baseball southern all-division team today and the RCTC Yellowjackets were well represented, placing four members on the squad.
Jeremiah Van De Steeg a sophomore pitcher from Hutchinson, MN was named to the first team. Van De Steeg led the Southern Division in wins, with seven "W"s this year. The Yellowjacket pitcher had seven complete games, two shutouts and tossed over 52 innings for RCTC. His Divisional ERA was 2.30.
Joining Van De Steeg on the first team were Ethan Hurn and Matt Rhodes. Hurn is a sophomore from Granada, MN, who pitched and played third base for the Yellowjackets appeared in 33 games for RCTC, scoring 22 times. He stole six bases and had one home run while plating 15 RBI this spring. Hurn also had two wins on the mound in six starts for Rochester.
Rhodes, a sophomore from Carlisle, IA, led the Jackets team in plate appearances with 97 on the year. He batted .309 during that time, collecting a team-high 30 hits, including three home runs. His 27 RBI and 17 doubles also led RCTC in those categories.
Joining Van De Steeg, Hurn, and Rhodes was Brad Barkema from Conrad, IA. Barkema was named honorable-mention southern division. The Jacket Freshman hit .397 with 20 RBI, 3 doubles and a homerun. He also had 149 putouts with only 1 error for a .994 fielding percentage.
RCTC qualified for the Region XIII tournament which starts today (Wednesday, May 15th) in St. Cloud, MN. The Jackets take on host St. Cloud at 4:00.