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North Iowa Area Community College freshman Kristen Peka delivers a pitch against Indian Hills Community College Tuesday in Mason City.

North Iowa Area Community College's baseball and softball seasons have concluded.

Several Trojans and Lady Trojans, however, made headlines Wednesday when they were recognized with selections to the NJCAA Region XI all-region teams.

NIACC's baseball team finished the season with a mark of 32-26, winning nine of its final 11 games. 

Sophomores Michael Oh and Fox Leum earned first-team selections for tremendous seasons.

Oh started 11 games, holding a 5-3 record with an ERA of 2.28. He piled up 9.25 strikeouts per nine innings and had only 19 walks in 71 innings. 

Leum, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, was also recognized with ICCAC Player of the Week and NJCAA Division II Player of the Week awards during the first week of May. He finished the season with a .392 batting average, 67 hits, 69 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .547. He also had a whopping 24 home runs. 

Fellow sophomores Ben Fitzgerald and Will Sturek, both outfielders, were honorable mentions. 

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The softball team saw a fortunate turn of events this season, as the Lady Trojans amassed a record of 30-18, equaling their win total from the previous two years combined. 

Much of the success has to do with four players named to the all-region first team. Those four selections: Hannah Faktor, Kristen Peka, Alyssa Laxson and Kaci Sherwood.

Faktor, a freshman catcher from Mason City, tallied 67 hits on her way to a .416 batting average. She had an on-base percentage of .489 and finished the season with more walks (21) than strikeouts (14). She finished the season with five home runs and 33 RBIs. 

Peka, a freshman pitcher, started 26 games and accumulated a record of 19-10. She tallied 187 strikeouts during her 176 2/3 innings of work and had an ERA of 2.14. She also excelled at the plate, hitting .331 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs.

Laxson hit .342 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs, while Sherwood hit .453 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs. Both are sophomore infielders.

Kylie Sherwood, Marissa Norby and Kaitlyn Carlson were recognized with second-team selections. Ciana Sonberg, Talyer Schmidt and Morgan Kelley were honorable mentions.

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