Three Buena Vista baseball players have been recognized by the Iowa Conference baseball coaches for their respective play on the diamond this season by being voted to the All-IIAC Baseball team as announced by the league office today.
Junior Peyton Renning was named First Team Outfield, while freshman Nick Henrichs was a First Team utility player. Senior Devin Wagenman completes the trio by landing a spot as a Second Team outfielder. All three players were selected for the first time in their career. The Beavers have now landed at least two First Team selections in six straight seasons and were just one of four teams in the league this season to have multiple First Team honorees.
Renning was among the top hitters throughout the conference this season. He finished the league schedule ranked seventh in the conference in batting average (.381), second in slugging percentage (.679), third in on-base percentage (.465), fifth in runs scored (22), ninth in hits (32), sixth in RBI (22), tied for second in triples (3) and had the third-most doubles (10). He hit safely in 16 of the team's 22 conference games and had multiple hits in four of the last five. During a doubleheader against league champion, Dubuque, he hit a double and home run, and in the season final against runner-up Wartburg he went a combined 5-for-9 with a double, triple, home run and also scored three times. He finished the season four hits shy of 100 in his career.
Henrichs did a little bit of everything during his first collegiate campaign. He saw action on the mound, behind the plate and also served as a designated hitter. He appeared in 16 games on the mounds, primarily out of the bullpen, where he went 4-2 overall with a 2.67 ERA over 27 innings of work. He was among the IIAC leaders with three saves on the year. Behind the plate, he did throw out six attempted base stealers and had just five errors in 90 total chances. He pitched 2.1 innings of relief and picked up a save in a victory over the Spartans early in the year. At the plate, he hit a pair of home runs during a 10-5 win during the series-opening victory against Coe College.
Wagenman was a threat with both his bat and his defensive play. He was 10th in the IIAC in batting average (.368) and tied for ninth in hits (32). He ended the conference schedule with a seven-game hitting streak, including multiple-hit games over the last four. He closed out the regular season by going 6-for-9 with four runs scored during a double-header split against the Knights. He also went a combined 5-for-11 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored over the final two games of a three-game road series at Central.
Buena Vista went 15-24 overall this season, including a 10-12 mark in conference play, which gave the Beavers a sixth-seed into the conference tournament. Wagenman was one of just four seniors on this year's roster.