May 6th, 2014 @ 2:57 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
Valley City State University sophomore Brady Anderson was named the North Star Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Year, announced Monday at the conclusion of the conference tournament.
Anderson was one of six Vikings to receive postseason honors from the North Star Athletic Association.
A sophomore from Jamestown, N.D., Anderson led the conference with a .443 batting average this season. He tallied 23 extra-base hits, including three home runs, and drove in 38 runs. Anderson led the Vikings with a .506 on-base percentage and a .678 slugging percentage. He was named the NAIA National Player of the Week on April 1.
Anderson was also named All Conference as a utility player.
Cole Honl, a senior from Moorhead, Minn., was named All Conference as a designated hitter. Honl batted .339 this season with 18 extra-base hits and a .517 slugging percentage. He led the Vikings in runs scored (35), home runs (5) and RBIs (44).
Dan Buehner, who passed away in a tragic rafting accident late in the season, was honored posthumously as an All Conference catcher for the Vikings. The Blaine, Minn., native batted .348 on the season with a .411 on-base percentage and a .470 slugging percentage.
Viking starting pitchers Corey Pudas, a sophomore from Menahga, Minn., and Bryce Venaas, a senior from Fargo, N.D., were both named Honorable Mention All Conference. Pudas posted a 6-2 record in his second season at VCSU and had a 4.11 ERA. He worked 61 1/3 innings and pitched three complete games. Venaas led the Vikings with a 4.08 ERA. He posted a 3-5 record and pitched 68.1 innings with two complete games. Opponents hit just .252 off him.
On the defensive side, Pudas was also named to the Gold Glove team as a pitcher. Pudas committed just one error all season.
Viking senior Kayl Hamre (Leonard, N.D.) was also honored with a Gold Glove award in the outfield. Hamre had a .968 fielding percentage, committing just two errors in 63 chances. He also made a handful of spectacular catches in the outfield.