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Morningside vs Northwestern baseball

Morningside's Jacob Lamoreux hits a single against Northwestern during baseball action at Lewis and Clark Park in Sioux City, Iowa, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal)

Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | Jacob Lamoreux of Morningside College has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball co-player of the year.

Lamoreux, a senior outfielder from Le Mars, Iowa, shared the player of the year award with Midland outfielder Cole Gray.

Lamoreux collected 73 hits in 191 at-bats for a .382 batting average, winning his third Morningside batting title in the last four seasons. He had 12 doubles, six home runs and 44 RBIs while leading the team with three triples and 59 runs scored.

The talented left-handed hitter batted .386 for his career and is Morningside’s all-time leader with 309 hits and 229 runs scored. Lamoreux was also named to the GPAC Gold Glove team after posting a .983 fielding percentage.

Morningside’s Blake Rogers, Nathan DeChaine and Nolan Hoff were also first team All-GPAC selections, as were Dordt’s Cameron Gingerich, Colton Van Otterloo and Zach Fowler.

Rogers, a senior catcher from Reading, Minnesota, hit .365 with 17 doubles, 11 home runs and 47 RBIs.

DeChaine, a junior third baseman from Brainerd, Minnesota, hit .354 with 10 doubles and one triple and led the Mustangs with 15 home runs, 66 RBIs and a .646 slugging percentage. He is Morningside’s all-time leader with 163 RBIs and ranks second in home runs with 33.

Hoff, a senior second baseman from Walnut, California, hit .349 with 10 doublea, two triples, three home runs and led the team with 40 walks and 11 stolen bases.

Dordt’s Gingerich, a senior shortstop from Riverside, Iowa, collected a team-high 57 hits, 11 doubles and a .388 batting average with 44 runs scored. He leaves Dordt as the career leader in hits and runs scored.

Van Otterloo, a junior outfielder from Rock Rapids, Iowa, hit a team-high nine home runs with 41 runs batted in and a .584 slugging percentage to go along with a .342 batting average.

Fowler, a junior first baseman from Vacaville, California, batted .311 with 47 hits and 10 doubles, driving in 31.

Morningside outfielder Cole Chapin and pitcher Richard Mitchell were named to the second team.

Taylor Neuroth, a Dordt junior outfielder from West High School, was also a second team pick. Neuroth hit .333 with 52 hits and 26 runs scored while establishing a single-season school record with 24 stolen bases.

Pitcher Connor Hopkins of Dordt and Northwestern outfielder Casey Guthmiller and designated hitter Dustin Gaither were second team picks.

Andrew Stover, a junior pitcher from Briar Cliff, was named to the Golf Glove team.

Andrew Kuta of Hastings was the GPAC pitcher of the year and Ryan Dupic of Concordia the coach of the year.


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