Zane Schmidt

Zane Schmidt, a left-handed hitter, earned Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference West Division Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year honors. He also was a first-team All-Region VI selection as a designated hitter.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- There was an early-season indication of what kind of season Zane Schmidt might have. He tied a single-game Hutchinson Community College record with three doubles against Northeast Texas on Feb. 15.

There was other single-game records matched in what became a Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player season for the 5-foot-10, 175-pound freshman designated hitter from Kearney.

Schmidt earned another postseason honor on Tuesday by being named a first-team NJCAA All-American.

Schmidt becomes the 14th Blue Dragon player to earn All-America honors and is the third first-team All-American, joining Michael Helman (2017) and Kyle Simonds (2014) in that exclusive club.

When the all-Jayhawk West and all-Region VI teams were announced in May, Schmidt became Hutchinson’s second league MVP in the past three seasons and third under head coach Ryan Schmidt. Schmidt was Hutchinson's first league Freshman of the Year since Caden Doga in 2017.

Schmidt posted team highs with a .392 batting average, 22 home runs and 75 runs batted in. He also had 16 doubles, five triples, 40 walks, a .775 slugging percentage and .479 on-base percentage.

Schmidt led the Jayhawk Conference – both east and west divisions – in total hits (94), home runs and total bases (186). He was second in the league in RBIs and fourth in runs scores (73). Schmidt led the NJCAA in total bases, second in home runs, third in total hits and seventh in RBIs as of Tuesday.

Schmidt will play at Division I Texas A&M next season.