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Dakota Wesleyan's Matt Bezdicek earns all-GPAC baseball honors

The Tigers grad-transfer earned second-team all-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors after leading the team in multiple offensive categories

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Dakota Wesleyan's Matt Bezdicek tosses the baseball back to the infield after recording an out during Game 2 of a doubleheader against Northwestern College on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at Cadwell Park.
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MITCHELL — The rosters for the all-Great Plains Athletic Conference teams were announced on Wednesday, May 11, and Dakota Wesleyan's top hitter received recognition for his stellar final season.

Matt Bezdicek, a fifth-year grad-transfer from Southwest Minnesota State, was named to the All-GPAC second team as a first baseman after leading the team in a number of offensive categories, including batting average (.372), on-base percentage (.492) and slugging percentage (.648). He also had the most hits (54), home runs (7) and tied for the most RBI (30).

Bezdicek led the Tigers on the mound this season as well, finishing the season with the most innings pitched (54.2) and strikeouts (54) while his 4.94 earned-run average was the best of Tigers’ pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched.

Three DWU players were among the All-GPAC honorable mentions, with catcher Wyatt Hunt and outfielders Cameron Quigley and Carter Gullickson all among that list.

DWU wrapped up its season on Friday, April 29, overcoming the Jamestown Jimmies 7-6 in seven innings to finish with a 15-28 overall record and an 8-19 record in the Great Plains Athletic Conference to finish ninth overall, narrowly missing out on the eight-team GPAC tournament.

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Over the 43 total games, the Tigers finished with a .267 team batting average, a .382 on-base percentage and a .386 slugging percentage, scoring 255 total runs and hitting 22 home runs.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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