Reed Hjelle joined Dominic Austing (St. Cloud State), Hunter Hisky (Southwest Baptist), Dylan McDearmon (Arkansas Tech), and Alex Achtermann (Pittsburg State) as two-time D2CCA All-Region picks.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – University of Minnesota Crookston baseball player Reed Hjelle (Sr., 1B, East Grand Forks, Minn.) was named D2CCA NCAA Division II Baseball All-Central Region First Team as announced as voted upon by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from the region. Hjelle is a back-to-back D2CCA NCAA Division II Baseball All-Central Region First Team honoree. He is the first player in the program’s history to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.
Hjelle joined Dominic Austing (St. Cloud State), Hunter Hisky (Southwest Baptist), Dylan McDearmon (Arkansas Tech), and Alex Achtermann (Pittsburg State) as two-time D2CCA All-Region picks. Hjelle is the only two-time All-D2CCA All-Central Region First Team pick on the 2019 team.
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) led the way with 12 total selections which were shared between six of the 15 league members. Seven NSIC student-athletes made the first team.
Hjelle ended his career as a Golden Eagle as the best player in school history, setting numerous records including hits, runs, home runs and RBIs. Hjelle was a 2018 NCBWA All-America Third Team selection. He was named 2018 ABCA/Rawlings All-America Third Team. Hjelle was the ABCA/Rawlings Position Player of the Year. He was also ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team, and NCBWA All-Region First Team as a junior. As a senior, Hjelle led Minnesota Crookston by hitting .356 with 42 runs scored, three doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 41 RBIs. Hjelle had an astounding .638 slugging percentage and a .530 on-base percentage. He posted a 1.168 OPS for Minnesota Crookston. He also displayed some speed with 12 stolen bases on 17 attempts. Hjelle led the NSIC in 2019 in walks with 46. Hjelle helped Minnesota Crookston to their most successful stint in program history as they won 101 games in four years with three appearances in the NSIC Tournament. He was also a two-time All-NSIC First Team pick. Hjelle was also a stand-out in the classroom, earning the NSIC Butch Raymond Scholarship. Hjelle earned his degree in exercise science and wellness from the University of Minnesota Crookston.
Hjelle was joined on the first team by NSIC counterparts Teddy Petersen (Minnesota State), Jordan Hart (Minnesota State), Jordan Barth (Augustana), Cam Kline (Minnesota State), Austing (St. Cloud State), and Max Steffens (Augustana).
Hjelle and Kenny Perez are the program’s only two All-Region selections during the NCAA Division II era. Perez was a D2CCA All-Central Region Second Team selection in 2016.