FOREST CITY – Waldorf University baseball players Riley MacDonald, Michael Keeran and Garrett Gillen earned all-conference honors from the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) this season, which was announced prior to this weekend's NSAA Tournament.
MacDonald was a second-team all-conference selection while Keeran and Gillen garnered all-conference honorable mention recognition.
Providing power at the plate, MacDonald led the Warriors (19-37) with 14 home runs and 51 RBIs. He turned in a .293 batting average and ranked second on the team with 58 hits, cranking out 13 doubles. The junior from North Vancouver, British Columbia topped Waldorf's roster with a .571 slugging percentage and 113 total bases while finishing with a .374 on-base percentage and 27 runs scored. MacDonald, who played as a catcher and left fielder for the Warriors, recorded a .953 fielding percentage. He ranked second on the team with 175 putouts and accounted for 30 assists.
Keeran led the Warriors with 60 hits while sporting a .330 batting average, a .407 slugging percentage and ranking second on the team with a .470 on-base percentage. The senior left fielder and pitcher from Clear Lake produced 10 doubles, two triples and 24 RBIs. Keeran scored a team-high 50 runs and also led Waldorf with 24 stolen bases in 29 attempts. On the mound, Keeran (6-8) led the team in wins and struck out 47 batters. Defensively, he put together a strong season with a .976 fielding percentage, turning in 63 putouts and 17 assists. Keeran will compete for the Ozark Generals in the MINK League this summer.
Gillen posted a team-best .377 batting average this season, going deep with one homer and delivering 28 RBIs. The sophomore second baseman from Blaine, Minn. ranked third for the Warriors with 52 hits, collecting team-highs with 14 doubles and three triples. Gillen also scored 28 runs. He finished the year second on the team in slugging percentage (.543), total bases (75) and was third in on-base percentage (.443). Gillen closed out the year with a .924 fielding percentage, recording 57 putouts and 65 assists.
In Waldorf's second season competing in the NSAA, the Warriors finished with a 9-15 conference record to earn their second straight postseason appearance with the No. 7 seed in the NSAA Tournament.
The Warriors dropped a 14-5 loss to Mayville State University (43-10), which is ranked No. 22 in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) poll, during Friday's NSAA Tournament opener. Waldorf bounced back with a 5-4 victory over Viterbo University (12-36) during Saturday's elimination game, but fell in a 9-3 season-ending loss to Mayville State later in the day. Nineteen wins on the season marks the most wins for the Warriors since the 2012 campaign.