10 Mitchell Area Baseball Players to Watch in 2024 – Mitchell Republic


MITCHELL – From the batter's box to the pitcher's mound, there is hardly a shortage of baseball talent in the area.

Although there have been delays due to weather, several area high school baseball programs have already squeezed in at least one game, with more to come in the coming days.

Here's a look at 10 of the area's most successful returning baseball players, listed alphabetically by last name:

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Winner/Colomes Aiden Barfuss, left, steps to home plate after hitting a game-winning three-run home run in a winning game at the South Dakota American Legion Class B State Baseball Tournament on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Gregory Ballpark in Gregory. Also pictured is Winner/Colomes Charley Pravecek (36).

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Aiden Barfuss, Sr., Winner/Colome: With a .455 batting average, Barfuss powered the Royals' offense and eight of Barfuss' 15 hits last spring went for extra bases as he tallied 18 runs batted in and 10 runs scored. Although his time on the mound was limited, Barfuss, who earned a Class B second-team all-state nomination, collected 17 strikeouts and allowed two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings.

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Parkston's Luke Bormann rushes home and scores a run as Dakota Valley catcher Jaxon Hennies watches during a high school baseball game Monday, April 10, 2023 at The Pond in Parkston.

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Luke Bormann, Sr., Parkston/Ethan/Tripp: The speedy leadoff batter reached double figures in hits, runs scored, RBIs and walks last spring, including 21 hits and 21 runs scored in 15 games. Parkston/Ethan/Tripp went 9-6 last spring.

Luke Koepsell, Jr., Howard: Koepsell was a Class B first-team all-state player last spring and helped Howard to a 10-1 record by pitching 23 1/3 innings on the mound, where he posted a 1.200 earned-run average with 31 strikeouts. At the plate, he posted a .370 average with a .585 on-base percentage, scoring a team-best 16 runs. He was also on the Salem/Montrose/Canova Post 140 American Legion summer state tournament team.

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Bon Homme/Avon's Easton Mudder goes for third base during a high school baseball quarterfinal game against Rapid City Christian in the Class B state tournament on Monday, May 29, 2023, at Sioux Falls Stadium.

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Easton Mudder, sr., Bon Homme/Avon: Mudder is a top holdover from the 2023 state runner-up squad that finished 16-1. He ranked second on the team in hits (22), RBIs (22) and runs scored (23) and had a .386 batting average and .493 on-base percentage. Mudder was an All-Region pick last season along with returning teammates Landon Bares and Jackson Caba. Bon Homme (Tabor) was one of four programs to qualify for the state tournaments during both the spring high school and summer American Legion seasons.

Dakota Munger, Sr., Chamberlain/Kimball/Lyman: Munger was one of the most dominant forces at the plate and on the mound in the state and was a Class B first-team all-state selection in 2023. Last spring, Munger posted a .606 batting average with a close to .700 on-base percentage. He added 31 1/3 innings on the mound, recording 42 strikeouts and allowing 11 earned runs with a .183 batting average against.

Caden Oberbroekling, Sr., Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian/White Lake: Oberbroekling, a 2024 Augustana University pitching signee, was a key member of the Platte/Geddes squad that reached both the spring and summer state tournaments last year. During the Honkers' run to Sioux Falls in the spring, the Class B second-team all-state selection posted 50 strikeouts and allowed a total of seven earned runs over 26 1/3 innings.

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Gregory County's Rylan Peck sprints home during a winning game in the South Dakota American Legion Class B State Baseball Tournament on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Gregory Ballpark in Gregory.

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Rylan Peck, Sr., Gregory County: Peck leads his team in nearly every major offensive category – batting average (.548), on-base percentage (.659), hits (17), runs scored (17), walks drawn (11) and stolen bases (16). earned Class B first-team all-state honors last spring. From the mound, he pitched 15 1/3 innings with a team-best .238 batting average.

Jackson Remmers, Sr., Howard: Remmers, who played for McCook last season, was a Class B all-state pick and led the team with a .500 average while having six extra-base hits, including three triples. Remmers was also part of the Salem/Montrose/Canova Post 140 Legion state tournament squad alongside Koepsell, as the two are now high school teammates.

Bryce Sattler, jr., Scotland/Menno: Sattler led the way at both the plate and the mound for the Trappers, boasting a .447 average while also recording 26 strikeouts against two walks and allowing seven earned runs over 22 2/3 innings. Scotland/Menno had a 9-5 record last season.

Tyson Wentland, Jr., Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney: Wentland, a big hitter for the Padres, was a Class B second-team all-state selection last spring as a designated hitter. During Legion's summer season for MVPCS, Wentland led the team in batting average (.409), on-base percentage (.536), RBIs (15) and runs scored (22).

Landon Dierks

Dierks covers prep and collegiate sports throughout the Mitchell Republic coverage area. His areas of focus include: Mitchell High School football and boys basketball; Area high school football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and track and field; and South Dakota State football. He also spearheads the Mitchell Republic's podcasting efforts. A native of Mitchell, Dierks graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2020. He joined the Mitchell Republic sports team in August 2021. He can be reached at [email protected] and found on Twitter at @LDierksy.