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Gruhlke signs with Lakers

By Staff | Feb 16, 2008

Estherville Lincoln Central senior Matt Gruhlke, son of David and Michelle Gruhlke, signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for coach Jason Nell and Iowa Lakes Community College next year. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

While Estherville Lincoln Central’s Matt Gruhlke has one more year to thrill high school fans on the baseball field, the southpaw pitcher will play his home games at Hess Limberg Field for two more years as he signed a letter of intent to play for Iowa Lakes on Friday.

“We’re excited that Matt is going to stay close to home,” said Iowa Lakes coach Jason Nell. “He comes from a traditionally great program and we have hads success with Estherville kids. Hopefully, we’ll help him to grow, too.”

Gruhlke, a two-time all-conference selection in the Lakes as well as a two-time all-district selection, has been a key offensive and defensive component in helping the Midgets to a 55-14 record over the past two seasons.

In 2006, he posted a 9-2 record with a 1.41 earned run average, including 103 strikeouts to just 40 walks. He also batted .328 with a 3.28 batting average.

Last season, Gruhlke pitched less with just a 3-2 record , but had three saves to his credit. He had 43 strikeouts to just 18 walks with an ERA of 2.33.

At the plate, he posted a .472 batting average with 58 hits including 12 doubles and six triples.

“Matt’s a good character kid too and a difference-maker,” said Nell. “That what we want here at Iowa Lakes and on our ball club.”

The Lakers post a 26-15 record in 2007.