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Northwood Baseball All-Decade team (2010-19)

Selections and comments by Travis McCurdy, Northwood Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

The baseball team reached heights that I did not think were possible at Northwood. Their all-decade team reflects the success at the end of the last 10 years. The 2017-18 championship teams are well represented!

OUTFIELD

Connor Foley (2016-17)

  • Named Academic All-America and All-America by the ABCA in 2017
  • Holds school record for runs in a season (74)
  • Lead-off batter for best team in school history
To me, Connor was the face of the 2017 team - a group that featured a lot of guys that were unwanted by other teams who turned out to be tremendous ballplayers. His 2017 season is one of the finest in school history.

OUTFIELD

Nick Palmer (2016-19)

  • Honorable Mention All-America (2019)
  • All-Region honoree (2019)
  • Ranks second in school history for RBIs in a season (59 - 2019)
Nick probably has the most famous hit in school history - his walk-off homer against Walsh in extra innings after he pulled back his bunt attempt. But he's on this team mainly for his tremendous senior season, which is one of the finest individual campaigns in school history. One of the most powerful hitters I've seen at Northwood.

OUTFIELD

DAVID VINSKY (2017-19)

  • Three-time First Team All-GLIAC
  • Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Holds 10 school records
The greatest hitter in school history - and frankly, it's not close. Hit to all fields with authority. Broke all of those records in just three seasons. Got off to a strong start in his first season as a pro in the Cardinals organization.

3RD BASE

Daniel Pulver (2014-17)

  • Four-year starter for Northwood
  • Ranks second in school history in runs and hits while standing third in RBIs
  • Named All-GLIAC three times in his career
Danny was one of the steadiest players in school history. On a team full of historic performers, he sometimes got overlooked. Danny was a dangerous switch hitter and by far the best defensive third baseman I have seen at Northwood.

SHORTSTOP

Colin McClelland (2018-19)

  • Named All-Region in 2018
  • All-GLIAC honoree both season
  • Ranks third in school history for RBIs in a season (53)
Colin was a productive all-around player for Northwood for two years. He drove in 84 runs for the Timberwolves in just 98 career games despite battling through injuries. He also was very solid in the field for Northwood.

2ND BASE

Kyle Ziegler (2017-19)

  • Three-year starter at shortstop and second base for Northwood
  • Ranks eighth in school history in doubles
  • On pace to finish career in the top 10 in school history in runs, hits, RBIs and stolen bases
Kyle stepped in as a freshman and was the starting shortstop on the best team in school history. He has maintained his high level of play after mainly playing at second base as a sophomore and junior. Kyle's steady play at the plate and in the field have been a big part of NU's success.

1ST BASE

Ryan McClelland (2017-18)

  • Named All-GLIAC both seasons at Northwood
  • Hit .314 with 16 home runs and 80 RBIs in 95 career games
  • Starting first baseman on two GLIAC Championship teams
At one point in his career, Ryan was a pitcher. Which makes his outstanding two-year career at Northwood even more impressive. When he was hot, Ryan was as tough to get out as anyone we have had in the last 10 years.

CATCHER

Ryan Palmer (2009-12)

  • Named All-GLIAC Twice
  • Ranks 10th in school history in career slugging percentage
  • Tied for fifth in NU history with 34 career doubles
This was the toughest position to call - Brian Dombrowski and Cody Kuzniczci each can make strong claims to this spot. I went with Ryan because of his four-year career as a starter. He hit above .286 and an on-base percentage of at least .388 every year of his career. His grand slam in the semifinals of the GLIAC Tournament is one of the most memorable homers in program history.

DESIGNATED HITTER

Javier Martinez (2017-18)

  • Earned All-GLIAC honors in both seasons at Northwood
  • Ranks fourth and fifth in school history for RBIs in a season
  • Drove in 105 runs in 108 career games
Javy came to Northwood known as a run producer - and he lived up to that billing. He nearly averaged an RBI a game in his time as a Timberwolf. In a key situation, he would be one of the top guys I would want at the plate.

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Ian Dimitrie (2015-18)

  • Named All-Region (2018)
  • Ranked second in school history in wins (20)
  • Won 17 games over his final two years at Northwood
Might be the most improved athlete I have ever seen in my time at Northwood. To go from a non-factor as a freshman to starting in the regional final as a junior is amazing. Ian got overlooked a lot in his career because of the success of Tyler Jandron. So he has to settle for being the second-best pitcher in 55 years of Northwood baseball. Not bad.

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Tyler Jandron (2017-18)

  • Two-time All-American and GLIAC Pitcher of the Year
  • Set NU record for wins in a season (12) and a career (21)
  • Has the highest win percentage in school history (21-4 - .840)
Much like Vinsky with hitting, you can call Tyler the greatest pitcher in school history by a pretty wide margin. His arrival at Northwood took the Timberwolves from a good team to an elite team. At his best, he was as good as the GLIAC has ever seen.

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LENNON GWIZDALA (2016-19)

  • Named First Team All-GLIAC and All-Region in 2018 and 2019
  • Has three of the top five single-season save totals in school history
  • Earned seven more saves than anyone else in school history (28)
Following the lead of Vinsky and Jandron, Lenny is by far the best relief pitcher in Northwood history. He was tough in big situations and was able to throw as many innings as needed to get a win for the Timberwolves. To finish his career ranked 10th in school history in strikeouts despite being reliever is incredible.

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Matt Stojkov (2016-17)

  • Went 7-3 with seven saves in two years at Northwood, which included a 6-0 record in 2018
  • Had a 3.31 ERA in 54.1 innings while making 38 appearances
Matt may not have the stats that Lenny does as a reliever, but he was just as vital to the 2017 team. After a slow start to that season, he was incredible for Northwood in the post season. Forever will be remembered for throwing 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball in leading Northwood to the regional final in a win over Quincy.