The beat goes on for manager Mike Davenport and his Madison College baseball team. The WolfPack will compete in their fourth consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series.
Madison College finished 11-1 in North Central Community College Conference action and enters the 10-team, double-elimination tournament in Enid, Okla., with a 39-11 record after earning the school's 10th trip to the 75th annual event.
The fifth-rated WolfPack open the tourney at 7 p.m. Saturday against North Iowa Area Community College, which fashioned a 29-16 mark and is making its first World Series appearance.
As usual, home-grown talent will go a long way in determining Madison College's fortunes after it finished fourth a year ago.
The WolfPack field a well-balanced lineup, having finished with a .323 team batting average. They hit only 10 home runs, but they have 102 stolen bases and sport a .415 on-base percentage; they've struck out 234 times against 196 walks.
Meanwhile, the mound staff has compiled a 2.82 earned-run average, has tossed 14 complete games and has limited foes to a .248 average.
On Thursday, six players earned all-conference honors, including sophomore Cody Peterson of Burlington, who was named the league's player of the year after finishing 4-4 with a 1.99 ERA and four saves while striking out 52 batters and walking only eight in 49.2 innings and holding opponents to a .223 average.
Other first-team selections were freshmen Danny Krause of Germantown, Nathan Hoffman of Sun Prairie and Dan Schmidt of Arrowhead.
Catcher-infielder Krause leads the squad with a .444 average, 56 hits, 70 total bases, .556 slugging percentage and .493 on-base percentage.
Hoffmann, who helped the Cardinals win the WIAA Division 1 state title last spring, has turned in a sparkling 8-0 resume so far with a 2.24 ERA. Opponents have managed a .219 average against him, while he has team highs in complete games (four) and innings pitched (56.1) with a nice 46-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Schmidt has done the job with his arm and his bat. The former Warhawk standout is 6-0 with a 20-4 ratio in 28 innings for a team-best 1.57 ERA. At the plate, Schmidt is hitting .355 with 11 doubles, a team-high 33 RBIs, a .461 slugging percentage and .417 OBP.
Sophomore Ryan McShane of Milwaukee Marquette was one of the team's two second-team choices.
McShane tops the team with 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts and is batting .359. He is second among WolfPack hitters with 52 hits, 28 RBIs and 36 runs scored.