Baseball Has Five Earn GPAC Honors
- Posted Thursday, May 10, 2018
(Wednesday, May 9; Sioux Center, Iowa) Dordt College had five baseball players accorded post-season honors in voting done by the conference coaches at the conclusion of the recently completed season.
Colton Van Otterloo (Senior; Rock Valley, Iowa) earned first-team honors for the second year in a row and Josh Van Eps (Senior; Denver. Colorado)was a second-team pick after earning honorable mention last season. Taylor Neuroth (Senior; Sioux City, Iowa), Luke Drooger (Sophomore; Edgerton, Minnesota) and Isaac Vander Hart (Freshman; Pella, Iowa) were all honorable mention picks. Neuroth was a second-team pick in 2017 while Drooger and Vander Hart earn post-season honors for the first time in their careers.
Van Otterloo had a team high .362 batting average and also led the team in hits with 42, doubles with nine, triples with three, runs batted in with 27 and a .595 slugging percentage. Van Otterloo graduates with 147 career hits and 98 runs batted in with 23 doubles and a career .310 batting average.
“Colton has been an integral player in our program. He has made himself into a great player and a feared hitter within the conference. He was a quiet leader who prepared and trained himself to be the best player he could be while also making others around him better,” said Dordt College coach Jeff Schouten.
Van Eps batted .282 with 31 hits and knocked in 13 runs. He threw out 12 would be base stealers. He graduates with 101 career hits, 18 doubles and 60 runs batted in in 130 games played.
“Josh has been recognized by the GPAC coaches twice during his time at Dordt. He threw out the most runners by all catchers this spring in the conference and has been a very durable player for us. He was an outstanding leader within our program,” said Schouten.
Neuroth batted .286 with 38 hits and stole 16 bases. He leaves the Dordt program with 114 career hits and knocked in and scored 82 runs and stole 48 bases.
“Taylor finished his career with a strong season. He was a threat on the base paths and was a solid, consistent player for us through the course of his career,” said Schouten.
Drooger had two wins this season with a shutout and 44 innings pitched. He struck out 31 batters.
Vander Hart also had two hits and had a 3.42 earned run average with 22 strikeouts and he pitched 26 innings.
“Luke and Isaac both established themselves as good, young pitchers. They each had times during the season where they were very good. I look forward to seeing how they develop moving forward,” said Schouten.