Six to be inducted to Legion HOF
NEW ULM – The New Ulm Legion Baseball Hall of Fame will induct six individuals as its 2013 class on Dec. 21. The ceremony will be at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Clubrooms.
The 2013 inductees are Eric Austvold, Jamie Hoffmann, Dave Kunz, Keith McClellan, Jason Solberg and Dustin Wilfahrt.
Eric Austvold, player 2000-03
Austvold spent for years on New Ulm Gold, accumulating a career batting average of .378 from 2000 to 2003.
On defense, Austvold was described as “speedy” from his post at outfield. In 2001, he batted .386 for a Gold team that won its district, took second at state in Rochester and went 1-2 at the Central Plains Regional in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Overall, Austvold played amassed 157 hits – including 28 doubles, nine triples and six home runs – and 98 RBIs in 121 games played.
Austvold, who currently works for Palma Beach Marinecraft Inc. in New Ulm, went on to play for Minnesota State University in Mankato.
Jamie Hoffmann, player 2000-03
Hoffmann was a unanimous selection for the New Ulm Legion Hall of Fame. Hoffmann is one of 14 former New Ulm Legion players to make it to the professional leagues.
Hoffmann, who helped lead New Ulm High School to its first-ever state baseball title in 2002 in Class AAA, was a four-year starter on New Ulm Gold during which he tacked on a career .417 batting average. In his four years, Gold won 125 of its 159 games and won three district titles before going 6-5 at state and 4-4 at regionals.
Hoffmann’s average was so high thanks to his final two seasons, during which he hit .462 (2002) and .477 (2003).
His final season was his best, hitting 13 of his 19 home runs, 63 of his 143 RBIs, seven of his 14 triples and 74 of his 210 hits.
Hoffmann, who is currently a free agent, played 10 years of semi-professional baseball under the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets organizations, getting called up to the majors twice.
Dave Kunz, player 1983-84/coach 1997-2006
Kunz is the sole 2013 inductee who has both played and coached legion ball. He went from a limited role on the roster in the mid-1980s to the winningest coach in New Ulm Legion history from 1997 to 2006.
As Legion Gold’s coach, Kunz has a career record of 271-118.
As a player, Kunz hit .400 in 36 games played, during which he amassed 18 RBIs.
Keith McClellan, player 2002-03
In McClellan’s two years on Legion Gold, the team went a combined 68-13 and won its district both years.
McClellan batted a career .385 with 39 RBIs, 110 runs scored and 104 hits. He went on to play college ball at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. He currently lives in Alexandria, Minn.
Jason Solberg, player 1986-88
Solberg accumulated a career record of 18-6 on the mound in three seasons for Legion Gold, leading it to the state tournament in 1988.
In 1986, Solberg held an ERA of 0.94 with 20 strikeouts while going 2-1. He then went 6-2 in 1987 and 10-3 in 1988. He finished with a career ERA of 2.58.
Solberg is now an Iowa state highway patrol officer and lives in McGregor, Iowa.
Dustin Wilfahrt, player 2000-03
Wilfahrt is the New Ulm Legion recordholder for career pitching record with 21-0 from 2001 to 2003. He had one appearance on the mound in 2000, pitching 2/3 of an inning while allowing two hits and no runs.
Wilfahrt compiled a career ERA of 2.46 in 145 2/3 innings pitched during that three-year span, allowing 51 earned runs and 112 hits while notching 171 strikeouts.
From the plate, Wilfahrt hit a career .244 with 20 RBIs and 53 runs plated.
Wilfahrt went on to play college ball at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. He is currently an RN at the New Ulm Medical Center.
Eric Austvold stats
Jamie Hoffmann stats
Dave Kunz stats
Keith McClellan stats
Jason Solberg stats
Dusty Wilfahrt stats