Baseball News Archive 2014-2015

Baseball adds Oklahoma outfielder to 2015 class

Hesston College baseball coach Rob Ramseyer announces Jayden Banks, an outfielder from Lawton (Okla.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

Banks hit .340 and swiped 35 bases as a junior for Lawton High. He brings instant speed to the Larks lineup.

“We’re excited to bring Jayden to our program,” Ramseyer said. “He runs well and will create excitement on the base paths.”

Banks will study business at Hesston. He is the son of Shawn and Kevin Granger, Lawton.

Baseball signs Georgia talent for 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College baseball coach Rob Ramseyer announces Chance Rodriguez, an infielder from Dacula (Ga.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

Rodriguez hit .333 with five doubles and 20 runs scored his junior season. He is a four-year letter-winner and a 2014 second-team All-Region 8AAAAA player. Rodriguez was an honorable mention selection for the Athens Banner Herald All-area team, and was selected for the Perfect Game Southeast Region Honorable Mention team.

A four-time Scholar Athlete Award recipient, Rodriguez will study education at Hesston.

“Hesston Baseball is getting a really good player in Chance,” Ramseyer said. “He’s a guy who is going to help us in the infield for the next two years.”

Rodriguez attends 12Stone Church, Lawrenceville, Ga. He is the son of Chris and Rikki Rodriguez, Dacula.

Baseball sweeps York JV

The Hesston College baseball team earned a pair of wins (6-5, 12-5) at York (Neb.) College JV on Saturday, March 21, improving its season record to 10-9.

Down 5-2 after five frames of game one, the Larks stormed back with three runs in the sixth and the game-wining run an inning later to claim the opener. Zac Pearson (Many, La.) hit a home run and scored twice, while Corey Fowler (Boone, Iowa) went 2-for-4 with two knocked in.

On the mound, AJ Chalupka (Flower Mound, Texas) started and went three and 1/3 with one earned run allowed. Connor Gillihan (Spring Hill, Kan.) and Josh Hibbard (Munford, Tenn.) combined for three and 2/3 out of the pen with just one earned run.

In game two, a six-run first propelled Hesston to a huge offensive game, as the Larks cruised to the 12-5 win. Hesston led 9-3 after three innings and never looked back.

Louis Marinez (Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic) enjoyed a 2-for-3 showing with a run and four RBI, including a three-run HR. Daulton Horton (Denton, Texas) and Jake Shelby (McKinney, Texas) had two RBI each, while Horton, Cody McNeal (Sperry, Okla.), Rene Rivera (McGregor, Texas) and Nick Mitchell (Wichita, Kan.) each scored twice.

Hesston hosts Bethany College JV (Lindsborg, Kan.) for a 5 p.m. double header on Wednesday, March 25.

Hesston back to .500 after road sweep

The Hesston College baseball team swept Wentworth Military Academy (Lexington, Mo.) (7-3, 8-3) on Tuesday, March 17, improving its season record to 8-8.

In the opener, Zac Pearson (Many, La.) pitched into the fifth, allowing three runs with three punchouts to get the win. Cory Fowler (Boone, Iowa) and Nick Mitchell (Wichita, Kan.) each homered, while Shaq Theus (Kansas City, Mo.) went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run scored.

AJ Chalupka (Flower Mound, Texas) started on the mound in game two and went three and two-thirds, allowing just one earned run with three strikeouts. Mitchell homered again and knocked in two. Theus and Pearson had two RBI each. Rene Rivera hit two doubles in three at bats and scored twice.

Hesston faces Dakota CC at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.

Bats come alive in nightcap

The Hesston College baseball team pounded out a 16-11 win in game two of a doubleheader versus Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa on Wednesday, March 11, improving the Larks to 5-7 on the year.

Zac Pearson (Many, La.) had a double, a triple and six runs knocked in five at bats to lead the Hesston offense in game two. Alex Perez (Justin, Texas) went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases and four runs scored. Rene Rivera (McGregor, Texas) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

The Larks built an early 12-5 lead through three innings before scoring four in the seventh.

5-8 on the year, Hesston travels to Wentworth Military Academy (Lexington, Mo.) for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday, March 17.

Loutensock pitches Larks to win

The Hesston College baseball team earned a 6-0 win game two of a double header against York (Neb.) College JV on Friday, Feb. 20.

Hesston freshman Collin Loutensock (West Valley, Utah) was dominant on the mound, striking out 15 in the two-hit shutout. Zac Pearson (Many, La.) went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs knocked in. Rene Rivera (McGregor, Texas) had a double, a run scored and two RBI in three at bats.

1-3 on the year, Hesston travels to Northern Oklahoma College (Enid) for a 1 p.m. double header on Tuesday, Feb 24.

Baseball adds three for 2015 class

Hesston College baseball coach Rob Ramseyer announces Nevin Lehman, an outfielder from Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Va., Isaiah Martinez, an infielder from North Crowley High School, Fort Worth, Texas, and Justin Velazquez, a catcher from the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, as the newest additions to the Larks program.

“Nevin is a great fit for our program and our institution,” Ramseyer said. “We’re happy he has made the commitment to Hesston College.”

Lehman will study business at Hesston. He is the son of Ed and Dianna Lehman, Harrisonburg, and is a member of Mount Clinton (Va.) Mennonite Church.

Martinez, a first/third baseman, will study sports medicine at Hesston. He is the son of Freddy Martinez and Tanaya Andrade-Martinez.

“Isaiah is a good athlete with some power in his bat,” Ramseyer said. “We couldn’t be happier to have him coming to Hesston.”

Velazquez is the son of Ramon and Maribel Velazquez. He attends Our Lady of Guadelupe, Hatillo, Puerto Rico.

“Justin is a tremendous athlete with a huge upside,” Ramseyer said. “He has the chance to do some special things when he gets to campus.”

Baseball signs Gardner Edgerton High senior for 2015 class

Hesston College baseball coach Rob Ramseyer announces Carter Hohn, a right-handed pitcher from Gardner (Kan.) Edgerton High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

“We’re excited to get Carter on campus,” Ramseyer said. “He is a guy who commands multiple pitches well and will compete for innings right away.”

Hohn, an honor roll student, will pursue general studies at Hesston. He is the son of Chad Hohn and Jennifer Wagler.

Baseball young and talented

After ending a record setting season last year with a 28-22 mark, third-year Hesston College Baseball Coach Rob Ramseyer boasts a young and talented roster that is ready for the challenge. Leaving a bitter feeling at the end of the season, the heart breaking 1-0, 12 inning loss to Northern Oklahoma College – Enid does not sit well with the returning sophomores. This has fueled the team during the offseason.

A pair of double header games against Northern Oklahoma College – Enid, one away on
Feb. 24, one at home on March 28, will excite the players as well as the fans. Matchups versus local NJCAA Division I power Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and Redlands CC, El Reno, Okla., also highlight the schedule.

“This is probably the youngest team I have had during my time here, but also one of the most talented,” Ramseyer said. “I think it will be fun to watch the maturation of this team. This team has some depth so it should be fun to see different guys step up each night.”

Working hard in the offseason, the Larks have been anticipating the beginning of their season since the day they arrived on campus.

“Our guys have worked hard in the weight room and the practice field since the day they got here in the fall,” Ramseyer said. “It has been a fun group to coach because, as a whole, the team has worked hard and gotten better almost every day.”

The Larks play a five-game series against Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) that determines the Region VI winner May 1 to 3. The Larks will play Brown Mackie twice during the regular season, showcases of how postseason will play out. Hesston opens its regular season with a 1 p.m. double header at Independence (Kan.) CC Saturday, Feb. 14.

Under Ramseyer and former coach, Art Mullet, Hesston Baseball has enjoyed six consecutive winning seasons.

Ramseyer announces 2014 recruiting class

Baseball coach Rob Ramseyer has announced twenty new additions to the Hesston program. The newest Larks include:

  • Roman Arnold, RHP from Denton (Texas) High, son of Jeffrey and Rocki Arnold.
  • Andrew Berry, C from Mulvane (Kan.) High, son of Tim and Marilyn Berry.
  • AJ Chalupka, RHP from Flower Mound (Texas) High, son of Sandy and James Chalupka.
  • Brandon Clay, LHP/OF from Bethany (Okla.) Academy, son of Ronnie and Sandy Clay.
  • TJ Flemming, OF from Sunrise Christian Academy, Wichita, Kan., son of Tony and Sherri Flemming.
  • Skyler Frizelle, LHP/OF from Bartlesville (Okla.) High, grandson of Roy and Ann Gaines.
  • Caleb Geary, LHP from Gering High, Scottsbluff, Neb., son of Chris and Tiffany Geary.
  • Connor Gillihan, LHP from Spring Hill (Kan.) High, son of Jeremy Gillihan.
  • Kyndell Hightree, INF/OF from Chaparrell High, Harper, Kan., son of Nikki and Jason Hightree.
  • Daulton Horton, RHP/UTL from John H. Guyer High, Denton, Texas, son of Eric and Ronda Horton. 
  • Collin Loutensock, RHP from Cyprus High, Magna, Utah, son of Diana and Albert Loutensock.
  • Cody McNeal, INF/OF from Sperry (Okla.) High, son of Gene and Becky McNeal.
  • Ryan Miles, 2B/OF from Fort Worth (Texas) Christian School, son of Stuart and Dee Miles.
  • Xen Penny, 2B/3B from Tipton Rosemark Academy, Millington, Tenn., son of James Penny and Kim Woo.
  • Alex Perez, OF from Northwest High, Justin, Texas, son of Albert and Susan Perez.
  • Hayden Pentecost, RHP from Maize South High, Wichita, Kan., son of Craig and Taluia Pentecost.
  • Brent Roberts, RHP from Jefferson West High, Topeka, Kan., son of Tim and Joanne Roberts.
  • Jake Shelby, INF/OF/RHP from McKinney Boyd High, McKinney, Texas, son of Steve and Lori Shelby.
  • Brandon Shoemaker, OF from Tomball (Texas) Memorial High, son of Jeff and Leslie Shoemaker.
  • Jimmy Yandell, RHP from Moore (Okla.) High, son of Chris and Kathy Yandell, Moore.

“We’re pleased with our recruiting class and are expecting great things from them,” Ramseyer said. “The Hesston College admissions team, our current players and the entire coaching staff all worked together to achieve success in attracting a talented group of new student athletes to Hesston. We’re excited to welcome them to campus as they experience the great things that Hesston College has to offer.”

Baseball’s record-setting season comes to a close at district tournament

The Hesston College baseball team saw its 2014 season end following a 1-0, 12-inning loss to Northern Oklahoma College – Enid on Saturday, May 17. The Larks established a new high for season wins, finishing with a 28-22 overall mark.

“I was pleased with how hard our guys competed,” said Hesston skipper Rob Ramseyer. “Overall it was a strong showing for our players and our program.”

On Friday, May 16, Hesston defeated Longview CC, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 7-6 in the opening game of the district tournament before falling to NOC – Enid 7-3. Heading into Saturday, the Larks needed a pair of wins over Enid to advance to the NJCAA Division II World Series.

Yoder, Ladwig Honored as Top Student Athletes

Nick Yoder, a sophomore baseball player, and Makayla Ladwig, a sophomore women’s basketball player, were named the 2014 male and female Hesston College Student Athletes of the Year.

Yoder, Millersburg, Ohio, a leader among the winningest class in Hesston baseball history, battled injuries his sophomore campaign but still contributed from the shortstop position with award-winning defense and a leadoff position in the batting order. A youth ministry major, Yoder is busy off the field as well, taking the responsibilities of both ministry assistant and resident assistant.

“I was surprised,” Yoder said of the honor. “I’ve put in a lot of work so it’s nice to be recognized. Baseball takes up a lot of my time, but coach Rob’s values and Hesston values have really impacted me. I came here to play baseball, and I’ve really enjoyed my time.”

Ladwig, Wichita, Kan., was a stalwart for the women’s basketball team, both for what shows in the stat sheet and what doesn’t. The forward finished fifteenth on Hesston’s all-time scoring list and played a major leadership role on the team as its captain. Ladwig, who is completing her second year of a three-year nursing degree, is also a resident assistant and was instrumental in the inauguration and maintenance of the Hesston gospel choir.

“I feel very honored,” Ladwig said. “I’m glad I can represent this college well. I definitely think the basketball team has made me a better leader. Being in a sport here became an equal component of my Hesston College experience and it was much better than I could have ever hoped for.”

“It was such a pleasure to coach Makayla,” said Hesston women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison. “She worked hard and was a true servant leader to her teammates.”

Yoder and Ladwig succeed last year’s winners Hayley Gately, Roseville, Calif., and Jacob Landis, Sterling, Ill.

The awards were revealed at the annual Hesston Athletics Banquet. The other major honor of the night was the highest team GPA which the women’s soccer team won with a 3.32 in the same year as their first-ever trip to the playoffs.

“They’re a wonderful group,” said Hesston women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr. “They worked hard and improved on the field, but their character is what I’m most proud of.”

Larks capture Region VI crown with 5-3 win

The Hesston College baseball team enjoyed a notable 5-3 win over rival Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) on Sunday, May 4, as the Larks earned their second Region VI title in as many years. The series-clinching win pushed Hesston’s overall record to 27-20, marking a program-best for wins in a season.

Larks ace Mangin Chacon (Harlingen, Texas) turned in an impressive outing on the mound to secure the game-five win. Pitching on just two days rest, the righty tossed shutout ball for seven frames allowing just five hits and a walk. For the series, Chacon threw 13 innings just one run allowed and 11 strikeouts.

Hesston won game one 9-5 on Thursday, May 1, before falling 1-0 to the Lions in the nightcap. BMC took a 2-1 series lead a day later courtesy of a 5-3 extra-inning win. Hesston responded with a 6-4 win in Friday’s second game that forced Sunday’s deciding game. 

Hesston Baseball advances to the NJCAA Division II Plains District Championships, held May 16-18 in Oklahoma, with the winner earning a bid to the NJCAA World Series.

Hesston Baseball takes weekend series to close regular season

The Hesston College baseball team won 2-of-3 in a weekend series against Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27.

In Saturday’s game one, Hesston sophomore righty Brandon Kutrubs (Brunswick) spun a complete-game one-hitter, allowing just a single and a walk while striking out two in a 3-0 Hesston win. Pete Whitmer (London, Ohio) went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Zac Pearson (Many, La.) had two hits.

In the nightcap, Mangin Chacon (Harlingen, Texas) picked up where Kutrubs left off, as the Larks’ ace tossed a shutout of his own, scattering four hits and four walks with six strikeouts in a 7-0 Hesston win. Stephon Griddine (Grandview, Mo.) went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Pearson added a double in three at bats.

Game three saw Southeast avoid the sweep with a three-run top of the eighth that proved the difference in a 6-3 win.

“I was pleased with our effort and execution,” said Hesston coach Rob Ramseyer. “Our starters set the tone for a good weekend.”

The Larks close the regular season at 24-18 and will battle Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) for the Region VI title in a best-of-five series May 1-3. The opening double header will be in Salina at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 1.




Larks earn split behind Kutrubs’ gem

The Hesston College baseball team moved its record to 22-17 following a doubleheader split with Brown Mackie College on Saturday, April 19. The Larks won the opener 1-0 before falling 4-2 in game two.

Hesston starter Brandon Kutrubs (Brunswick, Ohio) went the distance in game one, tossing seven shutout innings to get the complete-game win. Kutrubs scattered six hits and two walks while striking out four.

Scott Cooper (Sand Springs, Okla.) went 2-for-2 with a run scored for Hesston. Corey Fowler (Boone, Iowa) was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Hesston hosts Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) for a three-game weekend series starting with a 1 p.m. double header on Saturday, April 26. The teams will play a 1 p.m., nine-inning game the following day.