Hjelle is the second player in school history to earn All-Region honors, joining Kenny Perez.
University of Minnesota Crookston baseball player Reed Hjelle (Jr., 1B, East Grand Forks, Minn.) continued to accumulate post-season awards as he was named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II All-Central Region First Team as announced Wed., May 16. Hjelle is the second player in school history to earn All-Region honors, joining Kenny Perez who was selected an NCBWA All-Central Region Second Team and D2CCA All-Central Region Second Team in 2016.
Hjelle advances on to NCBWA All-America consideration. No Minnesota Crookston baseball player has ever earned All-America honors. Anthony Stewart (Sr., OF, Oak Harbor, Wash.) is the only player in school history to earn a nationwide honor as he earned the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove last season.
Hjelle was the first Minnesota Crookston student-athlete to earn NSIC Player of the Year honors for baseball as announced May 8 by the league office. He finished his stellar junior season by hitting .436 on the season with 38 runs scored, 19 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs and 50 RBIs. Hjelle led the NSIC in batting average (at least 100 at-bats), hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He was second in the league for RBIs and triples. Hjelle performed well in NSIC play as he hit .389 with 11 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 22 RBIs. He was a two-time NSIC Player of the Week selection. In addition, Hjelle earned National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA) Central Region Player of the Week March 16 after hitting .643 with nine runs, four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 14 RBIs in seven games during Minnesota Crookston's trip to Florida for spring training baseball. Hjelle finished the season ninth in NCAA Division II for batting average, 18th for hits, 16th for total bases and 18th for slugging percentage.
Hjelle has one more season left with the Golden Eagles. He is competing this summer for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League, one of the premier collegiate summer wood bat leagues.