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Will Brennan and Cameron Thompson named Freshman All-Americans

The duo of freshmen earned post-season honors on Wednesday

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The 2017 installment of the K-State baseball team may not have ended the way the Wildcats wanted — void of postseason action — but they may have reason for confidence in the next few seasons.

Two of K-State’s standout freshmen, Will Brennan and Cameron Thompson, were named Freshman All-Americans by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper Wednesday morning, becoming the eighth and ninth freshmen in school history to claim such honors.

Brennan used a .350 batting average to break the program record in 2017, along the way collecting Big 12 top-10s in hitting, on-base percentage (.453), hits (64) and walks (34).

Thompson also left his mark on the season. The Texas native’s 70 base hits and four triples led the team, and he finished second on the team in hitting (.318), on-base percentage (.409), stolen bases (12) and walks (33).

If K-State is to build on 2017, its first winning season since 2013, the duo will likely be a driving force. The Wildcats lose reliable bats in Jake Scudder, Josh Ethier, Quintin Crandall, Steve Serratore and Jake Wodtke to graduation for next season.

But the Wildcats will return a slew of young talent. Catcher Josh Rolette, who hit .219 with 7 homers last season, will be back, as will Hanz Harker (.246, 4 home runs), Trent McMaster (.238) and Grant Reuben (.246, 4 doubles) at the plate.

Either way, Brennan and Thompson are sure to key any success the Wildcats see down the road.