A's Announce Schwagel as New Manager

MARSHALL, Minn. - The Marshall Baseball Association (MBA) is excited to announce the hiring of Ryan Schwagel as manager of the Marshall A's. Schwagel brings a wealth of baseball knowledge to the table and is tasked with helping lead the A's back to prominence.

Schwagel has played a total of twelve amateur baseball seasons, eight with the Dumont Saints and the last four with the Pipestone A's. He was a part of three state tournament teams with the Dumont Saints, including one Final 16 appearance.

The A's 2018 roster was relatively young in their first season in Class C and that inexperience will be among Schwagel's top challenges.

"When the MBA board set out to hire our next manager, we were looking for someone with plenty of amateur baseball experience in the area. With the changes over the past year with the A's reclassification, we're excited to have a manager that has been active in Class C baseball his entire career." MBA President Kelly Loft said. "Ryan understands the importance of continuing to have our local players, both young and veterans, to play for the A's and help build a team that Marshall can continue to be proud of."

"My short term goals for the A's include ending next season with a .500 record or better in the Corn Belt League and making a good run at playoffs," Schwagel said.

Loft added, "The Corn Belt League is one of the best leagues in the state and the Marshall A's look forward to helping the league continue its strong tradition of play."

"Long term goals," Schwagel continued, "would be helping the A's continue to recruit strong athletes that are great leaders on and off the field. I also hope to consistently make us one of the top teams in the league and to hopefully make some appearances in the state tournament."

Schwagel understands the importance of local support, "The Marshall A's has been fortunate to have a lot of community support over the years, both as sponsors of the team and fans. Community buy-in is essential for an amateur team to thrive, especially in a small community. Without business sponsors and the fans, there is no team."

Schwagel grew up in Dumont, Minnesota and graduated from Wheaton Area High School in 2008. He came to Marshall in 2008 to attend SMSU and has been in the area ever since. He currently works at Southwest Pro Painting and has been with them for about four years. He recently married his wife, Ally, in August 2018 and just purchased their first home in the Marshall community.

"I am excited to take on the role as A's manager and I look forward to working with current and prospective players to build a team the community can continue to be proud of," Schwagel said.

A's Season Awards

MARSHALL, Minn. - The A's finished the 2018 season with an 8-15 record in their first season in Class C.

The awards for Rookie of the Year, Gold Glove, Cy Young, and MVP are as follows...

Rookie of the Year
Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson is your 2018 A's Rookie of the Year. The second year player entered the season with just 22 career at bats (thus retaining his Rookie eligibility) and established himself as a key part of the A's lineup. In 2018, Thompson hit .310 in 58 at bats while finishing 2nd on the team in runs scored (13).

Runner Up: Jake Hess (.280 avg, 7 RBIs)

Cy Young
Jordon Kontz

Jordon Kontz is your 2018 Cy Young award winner. The veteran starter led the team in ERA (2.01), innings pitched (80 2/3), wins (5) and strikeouts (58). Kontz held opponents to a .216 batting average.

Runner Up: Ryan VanMoer (2-1, 3.96 ERA, 13 K's, 1 save)

Jon Ellis

Jon Ellis is your 2018 A's MVP winner. In his 3rd season with the A's, Ellis hit the magical .400 mark to lead the squad. Ellis also led the team in home runs (4), RBIs (16) on base percentage (.508) and slugging (.740). Ellis finished fourth in runs scored (9). His .740 slugging percentage was the 2nd highest in the last seven seasons, trailing only 2015 Andrew Kinney (.774).

Runner Up: Jordon Kontz (.318 avg, 15 runs, 1 triple, 12 RBIs)

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2018 Record: 8-15

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