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Edmunson Named Honorable Mention NJCAA Baseball All-American

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(bluedragonsports.com) – Hutchinson Community College Baseball sophomore right-fielder Will Edmunson earned another honor after a tremendous season in 2023 on Monday by being named honorable mention on the NJCAA Division I All-America team.

Edmunson’s .454 batting average for the 2023 season was the fourth-best single-season average in Blue Dragon baseball history. The sophomore from Luther, Oklahoma, was named the 2023 Jayhawk West Player of the Year in May.

Edmunson becomes the 17th Blue Dragon Baseball All-American in program history. This is the fourth-straight season the Blue Dragons have had a player earn All-America status. That list includes Zane Schmidt in 2019, Austin Callahan in 2021 and Ben McLaughlin in 2022. There was no All-America team in 2020 because the Coronavirus Pandemic wiped out that season.

Edmunson became the first Blue Dragon to win the Jayhawk Conference batting championship since Michael Helman in 2017.

The Blue Dragon outfielder hit .454 with 93 total hits, 17 doubles, four triples and 51 RBIs, hitting primarily out of the No. 2 slot in the batting order. Edmunson scored 78 runs, walked 23 times, was hit with pitches 16 times and had a team-high 15 stolen bases this season.

Edmunson started the season with a 16-game hitting streak, which tied Brock Schaffer and Ben McLaughlin for the fifth-longest hitting streak in program history. Edmunson also put together hitting streaks of 12 and 10 games this season.

Edmunson had 33 multi-hit games, including five three-hit games, a four-hit game against Pratt on March 19 and a five-hit game against Southeast Nebraska on February 11.

In addition to Edmunson leading the KJCCC in batting, he also led the league and was sixth in the NJCAA in total hits. He was second in the KJCCC runs scored and on-base percentage (.532) and was sixth in the Jayhawk in slugging percentage (.737). Edmunson had a team-high 23-game streak of reaching base this season.

Edmunson’s 93 total hits ranked fourth in Blue Dragon single-season history. His 78 runs scored tied Logan Sartori and Shane Cooper for second on the single-season list. He 151 total baes were seventh most in team single-season history.

Edmunson’s .424 career batting average ranks No. 4 in Blue Dragon career statistical history.

He became the 51st Blue Dragon in program history to reach 100 career hits, closing his career with 106.

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