Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Christian Stekl (Marion, Iowa) and Nathan Westphal (Hartley, Iowa) have signed letters of intent to continue their baseball careers at Northwestern beginning in the fall of 2014.
Stekl, the son of Allen and Joan, is a 5-9 infielder from Marion High School. He has won three varsity letters for coach Steve Fish and has been an All-Conference player in the WaMaC West. Stekl, a switch hitting shortstop, has hit 0.345 in his career with 21 doubles, 99 runs scored, 43 RBI, and 39 stolen bases. Stekl has not been thrown out stealing a base in his career. Of the 570+ players in class 3A, Stekl finished his sophomore season 10th in runs scored, with 50, and 13th in stolen bases, with 25, to go with a 0.363 average. As a junior, Stekl hit 0.345 with ten doubles, 35 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases.
A member of the National Honor Society, Stekl plans to major in pre-engineering while at Northwestern. Stekl has also been a member of the honor roll and has won the Principal's Award each year from 2010-13.
"Christian is an exciting signee for us," said head coach Brian Wede. "He has a high level swing and great body awareness through his swing. He has been around the game of baseball a lot and his family is very familiar with the GPAC. Coach Boeve and I are looking forward to coaching him and watching him grow as a young man on our campus."
Westphal, the son of Brady and Jennifer, is a 6-1 outfielder from HMS High School in Hartley, Iowa. Westphal is a career 0.286 hitter in three years of varsity play, including a 0.316 average as a junior last season. Westphal has scored 42 runs in his career with 23 RBI and 15 stolen bases.
Westphal, a President's Education Award winner in 2010, will enter Northwestern as an undecided major.
"Nathan is a great fit for our baseball team," said head coach Brian Wede. "He has a high passion for the game of baseball, is very athletic, and is familiar with Northwestern. Nathan will no doubt grow as both a baseball player and person while he is at Northwestern, and we are excited to be a part of that growth."