All-State Baseball: South Dakota

With spring approaching, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top high school baseball players in South Dakota.

We've broken down the state's top 20 players into two teams -- one of position players and one of pitchers. Keep in mind, these preseason selections were determined by a combination of in-season performance and recruit rankings.

See all 51 all-state baseball teams.


Austin Calhoon, Winner/Colome, OF, Senior
Hit .540 as a junior with five triples and 16 RBIs.

Trevor Crow, Brandon Valley, OF, Senior
Swiped 11 bases and hit .435 with 17 RBIs as a junior.

Patrick Fiala, Washington, SS, Senior
Landed on All-State team after hitting .482 with 3 home runs.

Matt Hoines, Beresford, 3B, Senior
Hit .622 with 17 RBIs and 18 runs scored as a junior.

Ethan Landon, Lincoln, 1B, Junior
Hit .425 during sophomore season; first-team All-State.

Austin Richey, Winner/Colome, OF, Senior
Led state with .636 average, five home runs and 24 RBIs.

Connor Schaefbauer, O'Gorman, SS, Senior
Minnesota signee hit .453 with 26 RBIs as a junior.

Jared Schmidt, Mitchell, SS/3B, Junior
Hit .433 with 23 runs and 16 RBIs as a sophomore.

Landon Stroud, Lincoln, C, Senior
Hit .462 during as a junior; First-team All-State.

Brian Vermeulen, Mount Vernon, 2B, Junior
As a sophomore he hit .474 with nine stolen bases.


Damon Baruth, O'Gorman, RHP/3B, Senior
All-State player hit .430 with 39 RBIs as a junior.

Nick Behrens, CCEF, RHP, Senior
All-State as a junior posted a 3-0 record on the mound.

Derik Bialas, Parkston, RHP, Senior
Posted 1.96 ERA and struck out 30 batters as a junior.

Landon Busch, Brookings, LHP/OF, Senior
Kansas State signee hit .486 with a 7-1 record as a junior.

Drew Eldeen, Tri-Valley, RHP, Senior
Posted a 0.88 ERA and 3-1 record as a junior.

Taylor Klapperich, St. Thomas More, Senior
Struck out 57 batters during state-high 41.1 innings as a junior.

Alex Kocer, Wagner, RHP, Senior
Posted 3-1 record and 1.88 ERA as a junior last season.

Dylan Rock, Brandon Valley, RHP, Senior
Struck out 30 batters and landed on All-State team last spring.

Alex Schultz, Lincoln, RHP, Senior
First-team All-State selection last spring after posting 2.74 ERA.

Kenton Welbig, Tri-Valley, RHP, Senior
Led the state with 0.54 ERA and 58 K's in 26 innings last year.