The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Commissioner has released the 2007 Jayhawk All-Conference teams. Seward County Community College sophomore Erik Hegstad was named the Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Player, and Saints freshman left-handed pitcher Christian Kowalchuk, was named Jayhawk West Conference Freshman of the Year.

Seward County, who finished the season as Co-Conference Champions, dominated the First Team All-Jayhawk West ballot with first baseman Tanner Rindels being a unanimous selection, Hegstad (outfield), Kow-alchuk (pitcher) and Toby Davis (third base) all receiving First Team recognition. Davis was the only player on the first team who was a repeat selection from 2006.

The Saints also had two Second Team All-Conference selections, with sophomore outfielders Kai Kirby and Stu Schlemeyer being tabbed all-league. Butler ’s Steve Johnson was named Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year.

Hegstad, a sophomore right fielder from Greeley, Colo., was selected Most Valuable Player and First Team All-Conference after batting .359 (60-for-167) with 11 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 47 RBI. Hegstad has recorded 13 multi-hit games with 11 home runs and 34 RBI against conference opponents. Hegstad is a two-time All-Conference selection after being named Honorable Mention as a freshman. In his career at SCCC, Hegstad is batting .363, with 135 base hits, 93 runs scored, 34 doubles, five triples, 17 home runs, 96 RBI and has posted a .968 fielding percentage in 109 games played. Hegstad becomes the sixth player in Saints history to be named Conference Most Valuable Player.

Kowalchuk, a freshman left-handed pitcher from Saskatoon, Canada, has dominated Jayhawk West competition this season with a perfect 6-0 record and a 2.60 earned run average in seven starts in conference play.

This season, Kowalchuk leads the Saints with 65 strikeouts in 72 innings pitched. He has won his last six outings, which includes four (seven-inning) complete games. Kowalchuk has defeated five conference opponents, including Cloud County C.C. twice, and picked up a save against Barton County. In addition, he was named the NJCAA Pitcher of the Week on April 11. Kowalchuk is now the ninth Seward County freshman to be named Conference Freshman of the Year.

Rindels was one of only two unanimous selections for First Team All-Conference. The left-handed hitting first baseman from Hugoton, Kan., is currently leading the Saints in batting average (.391), hits (68), doubles (17), triples (6), slugging percentage (.767), extra base hits (35) and is tied for the lead in home runs (12). During the final two weeks of the regular season, Rindels has been one of the top hitters in the nation batting .553 (26-for-47) with 18 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, six home runs, 26 RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.149, during the final 14 games of the regular season. This past week Rindels was named the NJCAA Player of the Week.

Davis, a sophomore third baseman from Dill City, Okla., was named the top third baseman in the conference for the second straight season after batting .339 (57-for-168) with 40 runs scored, 11 doubles, 11 home runs and 56 RBI. Davis has recorded 15 multi-hit games, including seven games with three base hits. In his career at Seward County , Davis has batted .325 with 83 runs scored, 113 base hits, 22 doubles, six triples, 20 home runs, 99 RBI and 51 walks in 109 games played.

Schlemeyer (Colorado Springs), the team’s left fielder and leading hitter throughout most of the season is currently batting .359 (65-for-181) with five doubles, two triples, a home run, 10 stolen bases and 37 RBI.

Kirby (Chickasha , Okla. ), the Saints center fielder is batting .313 with 45 runs scored, 55 base hits, six doubles, three triples and two home runs.

Kirby has 19 RBI from the lead-off spot and is 12-of-13 in stolen bases this season.

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