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Achtermann reflects on his short stint with UNK

Alex Achtermann throws a pitch for UNK on April 27, 2018 versus Pittsburg State (KHGI)

Nebraska-Kearney's Alex Achtermann spent a brief time playing for the Western Nebraska Pioneers before going back to Colorado for the remainder of his summer ball.

Remember, he played at Western Nebraska Community College before joining the Lope Show last fall.

Achtermann was a key part of the blue and gold's 14–game turnaround in the win column from 2017 to 2018, as he became the sixth Loper all–time to be named a Division II All–American baseball player, and only the third ever to receive multiple All–American teams in the same season.

"I think some of the awards that came in, personally for myself, it was kind of fun, all the work I put in junior college to now, it paid off and it was kind of fun to see everything that came about," said Achtermann, the 2018 MIAA Baseball Player of the Year.

2018 was one of the better seasons for both Achtermann, and the Lopers, who had their best finish in conference play since joining the MIAA.

"I loved every aspect of it, from teammates to coaches to just the town in general," he said. "I felt like we made something that was special that not a lot of people expected to happen, especially after 14 wins last year and I think it's definitely something that we'll all remember for the rest of our lives."

Achtermann finished as the DII Conference Commissioners Association Central Region Player of the Year and had one more season of eligibility remaining had UNK chosen to field a baseball team in 2019.

He had initially transferred to Emporia State, but when head coach Bob Fornelli left for Pittsburg State, Achtermann followed him to the southeast corner of Kansas.

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