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Olesen to play baseball at Northwestern College

ELC senior expected to be a two-way player for Red Raiders

December 13, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central ace pitcher Evan Olesen will take his talents to Northwestern College in Orange City following his senior campaign in the summer of 2018.

The senior signed a letter of intent Tuesday afternoon to play for Coach Brian Wede and the Red Raiders.

"It's a great place to get a great education and a good place to spend my next four years," Olesen said.

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Coach Wede said Olesen's ability on the baseball field attracted his attention first.

"He's a really talented two-way guy that obviously has had a lot of success as a position player and a pitcher. We want to get the best players in the area and he's one of those players."

Wede said he plans to let Olesen continue to play both in the field and pitch.

"We have really high expectations for his ability to compete and I think as an infielder, he has a really good chance to get on the field and on the mound, he has shown he can get guys out at a pretty high rate."

Olesen said that being able to play both in the field and on the mound was part of what drew him to Northwestern.

"If I did just one, I'd miss the other," said Olesen, who plans to major in either business administration or accounting.

During his junior season, Olesen pitched 73 2/3 innings. In 10 starts, he compiled a 6-4 record with a 0.86 earned run average. He gave up just nine earned runs while striking out 91 batters and walking 16. Opponents batted .156 against him.

At the plate, Olesen had a team-high 38 hits with nine doubles, two triples and 27 RBIs. He struck out just three times while drawing 16 walks and finished with a .409 batting average.

Northwestern plays in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, which has four schools in Iowa, four in Nebraska and two in South Dakota and Jamestown, N.D., will join the league next season.

Wede said Northwestern had more postseason wins than anyone else in the GPAC.

"I'm really focused on developing young men and trying to put a really good product on the field," he said.



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