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Baseball - Fri, May 5, 2017

May 4, 2017

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference office announced their Baseball All-Conference, Postseason Awards and Gold Glove Team Thursday evening at Valley City Eagles Club.  Two Dakota State (S.D.) baseball players were honored as All-Conference Honorable Mention. 

Smith Kemper – 5-foot-11 shortstop – led the Trojans in batting average with .346 in 32 games.  He was 36-of-104 at the plate and scored 26 runs in 2017.  He also had a triple, eight doubles and smashed four home runs for a slugging percentage of .558.  Kemper also walked 12 times, drove in 16 runs and swiped eight bases.  Kemper registered an on-base percentage of .415.

Defensively, Kemper led DSU with 66 assists and turned into double plays eight times.  He had 133 chances and 55 putouts.

Smith is the son of Bob and Trudy Kemper of Mokane, Mo.  He is a junior Computer Information Systems major at Dakota State University.

Jalen Boyd – 5-foot-7 infielder, catcher, pitcher and lead-off hitter for the Trojans – registered a batting average of .299.  He was 26-of-87 at the plate with 19 runs scored.  He also recorded a slugging percentage of .437 with a triple, four doubles and blasted two home runs.  Boyd had an on-base percentage of .378 and swiped two bases.

Boyd led DSU with a fielding percentage of .979 in 26 games played this season.  He had 95 chances, 66 put-outs, 27 assists and just committed two defensive errors.  He did not commit an error when he played at second base this season for the Trojans.  Boyd also turned into double plays four times.

Boyd also received the North Star Champions of Character honor. 

Jalen is the son of Keith and Idalesta Boyd of Sioux Falls, S.D.  He is a sophomore Math Education major at Dakota State University.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information

 
 
 
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