The Waldorf University baseball team continues to build for the future with area talent by adding Dawson Hauptmann to its incoming recruiting class.
Hauptmann, a senior pitcher from Algona High School, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on Thursday.
“We are excited to be adding Dawson to the program, not only because he is a local kid but he is everything we look for in a recruit,” Waldorf coach Joe Tautges said.
A three-year varsity letter winner and two-year starter at Algona, Hauptmann helped the Bulldogs to 20-11 record and a 10-4 mark in North Central Conference (NCC) play as a junior last season. In addition, he was also a member of Algona’s 2014 team that rolled to a 27-8 record and reached the Class 3A state tournament.
Last season, Hauptmann posted a 1-0 record in three appearances on the mound as he struck out 17 batters and issued just one walk in 11 and two-thirds innings. He recorded a 1.80 earned run average and held opposing hitters to a .214 batting average.
Striving to one day play collegiate baseball, the lifelong goal became a reality for Hauptmann when he officially joined the Warriors.
“It is an amazing feeling,” Hauptmann said. “It means a lot knowing that years of hard work and dedication are paying off.”
Hauptmann is the son of Joe Hauptmann and Misty and Luke Haag. He will pursue a degree in wellness and said he decided to further his education and athletic career at Waldorf because of the “great facilities, coaches, faculty and academics.”
The second member of Waldorf’s 2017-18 recruiting class, Hauptmann joins Alex Nunnery – a pitcher from Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colo. Hauptmann’s future coach believes his skill set and work ethic will allow him to transition at the next level.
“He is a good athlete and we are impressed with his body type,” Tautges said. “He is a big strong kid who knows what hard work is. He has huge upside on the mound and I think he can help us early in his career.”