PROCTOR -- Jake Lewis earned election to the first class of the Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame. The 2019 senior baseball players selected Lewis as the first 21st century player to be inducted, Coach Anthony Bush announced at the Proctor Baseball banquet on Wednesday, June 26.
Lewis will be inducted during the 2020 baseball banquet, along with inductees from the Early Years (1890s-1946) and Golden Days (1947-1969) Eras. Inductees from the two eras will be announced on October 22.
With a 25-3 record as a Rails pitcher from 2009-12, Lewis is Proctor's all-time leader in wins. He ranks second all-time in win percentage (.893), earned run average (1.60), innings pitched (196.2), appearances (34), complete games (19) and strikeouts (187).
He was chosen, along with teammate Ben Nelson, as the Duluth News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year in 2012. The DNT also named him to their All-Area Team in 2011 and 2012. He earned All-State and All-State Tournament honors in 2012, and was named All-Lake Superior Conference First Team in 2011 and 2012.
After graduating from Proctor in 2012, Lewis played baseball for the University of Wisconsin-Superior from 2013-16. He earned an all-conference academic award in 2013 and all-conference honorable mention in 2016. He also earned the UW-Superior team award for pitcher of the year in 2016.
In his adult amateur career, which began in 2011, Lewis has two team MVP and three team pitcher of the year awards for the Lake Superior Sea Dogs. He is 20-15 with a 2.96 ERA in 276.1 career innings pitched for the Sea Dogs. Most recently, he broke the club's single-game record for strikeouts when he fanned 18 batters on June 2, 2019.
Lewis, who just finished his third season as a PHS assistant coach, is also in his third season as Proctor's American Legion coach. He piloted the Legion team to a second place finish in the 2017 state tournament.
Thus far, Lewis has participated in nine state tournaments as a player (2009-10 Proctor VFW), (2011-12 PHS), (2013-16; 2018 Sea Dogs) and one as a coach (2017 Proctor Leagion).
He is a teacher at North Star Academy in Duluth.
Nominations for the Early Years and Golden Days Eras will be accepted until September 1, 2019. The nomination form can be found here.
(Image: Clint Austin, Duluth News Tribune)