Baseball News Archive 2014-2015

Larks earn 7-2 home win as postseason nears

The Hesston College baseball team picked up a 7-2 home win over Central Christian College JV (McPherson, Kan.) on Wednesday, April 22, upping its mark to 17-18.

Four Hesston pitchers combined for seven strong innings on the mound, yielding just five total hits without an earned run. Hesston hurlers struck out out eight and didn’t walk a batter.

Andrew Berry (Mulvane, Kan.) went 3-for-4 with a double and a run batted in. Zach Pearson (Many, La.) had two RBI and Jake Shelby (McKinney, Texas) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

The Larks close out their regular season schedule with a pair of 1 p.m. double headers versus Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26. Saturday’s games are in Beatrice while Sunday’s twinbill will be held at Hesston’s Oswald Field.

Berry’s slam lifts Larks over Dodge City

The Hesston College baseball team earned a doubleheader split with NJCAA Div. I Dodge City (Kan.) CC on Tuesday, April 14, with a 7-1 game-two win at Oswald Field.

The visiting Conquistadors, 29-13 overall and atop the Jayhawk West standings, won the opener 7-2 before Hesston jumped out to a big lead and in the nightcap.

Freshman Andrew Berry (Mulvane, Kan.) hit a grand slam that capped off a five-inning first run for the Larks and gave freshman lefty Brandon Clay (Bethany, Okla.) all the room he would need. Clay went six strong innings, allowing just two hits and a run while fanning five. Owen Stubblefield (Georgetown, Ontario) fired a perfect seventh with a strikeout to nail down the win.

Berry finished 2-for-3 with five RBI. Sophomore Nick Mitchell (Wichita, Kan.) went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored.

16-18 on the year, the Larks travel to Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, April 18.

Larks split with BMC

The Hesston College baseball team split its double header with rival Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) on Saturday, April 11, winning 5-1 in the opener before dropping a 5-2 game two.

Collin Loutensock (West Valley, Utah) put together a strong outing in game one, as the righthander went the distance, allowing just five hits and one run with 11 strikeouts.

Hesston scored twice in the third inning and pushed two more across in the fourth and cruised to the win. The Larks swiped five bases in the win.

Hesston hosts Dodge City (Kan.) CC for a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday, April 14.

Loutensock’s shutout lifts Larks

The Hesston College baseball team split a doubleheader with Wentworth Military Academy (Lexington, Mo.) on Saturday, April 4, dropping a 6-3 opener before winning game two by a 3-0 score.

In the nightcap, freshman righty Collin Loutensock (West Valley, Utah) struck out 11 in a complete-game shutout, scattering six singles without issuing a walk. Daulton Horton (Denton, Texas) had an RBI double and a stolen base in two at bats, while Rene Rivera (McGregor, Texas) and Corey Fowler (Boone, Iowa) each went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

The Larks broke a scoreless tie with a run in the bottom of the fourth, then added two more in the sixth. Loutensock allowed a one-out single in the top of the seventh before fanning two to secure the win.

Hesston, now 14-14 on the year, travels to Hutchinson (Kan.) CC for a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday, April 8.

Fowler collects cycle as Larks blast Barton

The Hesston College baseball team crushed Barton CC (Great Bend, Kan.) 13-2 (seven innings) on Wednesday, April 1.

Sophomore Corey Fowler (Boone, Iowa) enjoyed a career day by hitting for the cycle in four at bats. His grand slam highlighted a 6-run fifth inning that gave Hesston a commanding 11-2 lead. Fowler scored twice and knocked in a career-high seven runs on the day.

Sophomore hurler Josh Hibbard (Munford, Tenn.) went the distance on the mound for the Larks, scattering six hits and walking just two. Hibbard fanned six in the complete-game effort.

“It was great to see Corey have a big day offensively,” Hesston coach Rob Ramseyer said. “Hibbard stepped up and gave us a solid outing, which was big for us.”

Hesston, now .500 at 13-13, host Wentworth Military Academy (Lexington, Mo.) for a 1 p.m. double header on Saturday, April 4.

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.”