HELMAN IS 1ST-TEAM NJCAA ALL-AMERICAN

HELMAN IS 1ST-TEAM NJCAA ALL-AMERICAN
BLUE DRAGON NJCAA ALL-AMERICANS
2017 – Michael Helman   
2016 – Caden Doga   
2016 – Shane Cooper   
2014 – Kyle Simonds   
2012 – Tanner Lubach   
2010 – Shawn Lewick   
2009 – Stewart Hoover   
2006 – Thad Weber   
2002 – Brad Flanders   
2000 – Kent Becker   
1999 – Tim Olson   
1998 – Chris Finnegan   
1995 – Corey Brittan   
1st Team – Infielder
Honorable Mention – Outfielder
Honorable Mention – Infielder
1st Team – Starting Pitcher   
2nd Team – Catcher
Honorable Mention – Starting Pitcher
3rd Team – Outfield
2nd Team – Infield
2nd Team – Catcher
Honorable Mention – Catcher
Honorable Mention – Infield
Honorable Mention – Catcher
Honorable Mention – Starting Pitcher

HCC Sports Information
Monday, June 19, 2017

Hutchinson Community College second baseman Michael Helman's spectacular 2017 season earned one more major honor on Monday as the Blue Dragon sophomore was named to the first team of the NJCAA Division Baseball All-America team.

Helman, a sophomore from Lincoln, Nebraska, joins pitcher Kyle Simonds and the only first-team All-Americans in Blue Dragon history. Helman is the 13th overall Blue Dragon All-American and the fourth in the Ryan Schmidt era.

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Already this season, Helman has been named the Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player and first-team all-conference and all-Region VI. Helman's tremendous season led the 2017 Blue Dragons to the Jayhawk West championship and the program's highest national ranking ever at No. 3 and a record-tying 47 victories in a 47-13 season.

Helman broke six Hutchinson single-season records during the 2017 season. He also became the Blue Dragon program leader in five different categories and made some Jayhawk Conference history along the way. He also led the nation in four statistical categories.

Helman hit an NJCAA-leading .487 with a national-leading 111 total hits. He also led the nation with 103 runs scored and 189 total bases. In addition to those four Blue Dragon season records, he set the record for singles with 72 and produced a program-best 25-game hitting streak.

During that streak, Helman was 54 for 97 (.557 batting average) with 48 runs, nine doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 33 RBIs with 18 stolen bases. He had an on-base percentage of .627 and a slugging percentage of 1.062 in that hitting streak.

For the season Helman also had 17 doubles, five triples and 17 home runs, which tied Tim Olson (1999) for third most in program single-season history. Helman also walked 34 times and was hit with 11 pitches while striking out only 13 times in 228 at-bats.

Helman's name appears in the Top 5 of 11 different Blue Dragon single-season statistical categories.

Helman's 103 runs scored were a Jayhawk Conference record. His 111 total hits ranked No. 2 in the Jayhawk Conference single-season record books. Helman also became the first Jayhawk Conference baseball player ever to reach 200 career hits.

Helman and Barton's Michael Sinks were the only Jayhawk Conference players named to the 2017 NJCAA All-America first team. Six players from the conference received national recognition: Allen outfielder Roberto Enriquez was a second-team selection. Johnson County pitcher Brendan Stanek and Neosho County catcher Cooper Minnick were named to the third team. Kansas City first baseman Alex Phillips was an honorable mention selection.