The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference has announced their 2022 Baseball All-conference Team and major award winners Tuesday morning with the Chestnut Hill College Baseball team earning three spots on the all-conference teams along with capturing one of the conference major awards.
Freshman Connor Evans (Hickory High) was named the CACC Baseball Rookie of the Year in voting done by the league’s baseball coaches. Evans also earned second team all-conference honors at shortstop. Seniors Andrew Dietz and John Contoudis were also named to the all-conference teams. Dietz earned First Team honors at utility/pitcher while Contoudis earned Second Team accolades at designated hitter.
Evans appeared in 43 games for the Griffins at shortstop and currently leads the lead with a .440 batting average, the highest single season mark by a Griffins player. The freshman shortstop registered 66 hits to rank third in the league and had 21 stolen bases, also third best in the conference. Evans earned CACC Rookie of the Week honors twice during the season and was named to the conference honor roll three times. His best game of the season came against Bloomsburg when he recorded five hits, including three doubles and a home run while driving in four.
The Griffins concluded the season with a 20-24 record.
Men’s Wrestling — Jarod Miller (Reynolds High) is one of seven Baldwin Wallace University wrestlers to be named as a National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American.
To be eligible for this recognition, athletes must maintain a 3.2 or higher GPA, have a minimum win percentage of at least .500, and wrestle 50% or more of the team’s matches throughout the season.
Miller, who garners his first accolade, was a business administration major that carried a 3.2 GPA. For his career, Miller had 66 victories with 16 pinfalls, six major decisions and two technical falls.
In addition, BW finished as a Top-30 Scholar All-America team for the seventh consecutive season coming in 10th place with a team grade point average of 3.642.
The Yellow Jackets finished the 2021-22 season with a record of 15-3, won their sixth OAC in the last seven years and placed eight at the NCAA Division III National Champions.
• Softball — The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) released the yearly award winners and All-PAC Teams for the 2022 softball season on Tuesday.
For Thiel, freshman Dani Ficeti (Greenville High) was named to the All-PAC First Team and junior Kylee Yothers was named to the Second Team. Yothers was also named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team.
The PAC leader in batting average, Ficeti hit .519, .054 higher than the next best average. Her batting average is the second-best in a single season for a Tomcat hitter. Ficeti also led the PAC with a .558 on-base percentage and ranked second with a .696 slugging percentage.
Ficeti tied for the team lead on the Tomcats with 19 RBIs and ranked second in both runs (17) and doubles (11). She walked seven times compared to just four strikeouts, the second-best ratio for a Thiel hitter. On April 18th, Ficeti earned PAC Rookie of the Week honors.
Starting in all 26 of the Tomcats’ games, Yothers tied for third in the conference with 13 doubles. She tied for the team-lead with 19 RBIs and ranked second on the team with a .398 average. Yothers scored 13 runs and tallied 48 total bases. She was also named PAC Hitter of the Week once this season (March 14th).
The PAC named Franciscan’s Kimberly McDaniels the Player of the Year. Waynesburg’s Sydney Wilson was named the Pitcher of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, while her coach, Brett Shimek, was named Coach of the Year.
• Men’s Tennis — Thiel College sophomore Eli Flinchbaugh was named to the All-PAC Men’s Tennis Second Team Tuesday.
Flinchbaugh’s award was for his play at first singles. He won two matches overall on the year, one of which was against league competition. He also appeared in 10 doubles matches.
Flinchbaugh also represented the Tomcats on the PAC Sportsmanship Team.
• Softball — The Titans set a school-record with nine players named to the All-PAC teams, led by six First Team honorees, which tied a program-record.
Earning First Team honors was senior pitcher Madison Brown and juniors catcher Leah Pancake, infielder Mackenzie Latess, shortstop Alexis Yates, outfielder Brooke Atkins, and outfielder Ashley Wire. Sophomore pitcher Elizabeth Malczak (Grove City High) and junior outfielder Emma Gurley were tabbed to the All-PAC Second Team. Rounding out the All-PAC selections was first-year infielder Mia Meholick, who was voted to the All-PAC Honorable Mention Team. Junior infielder Mia Greco was named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team.
Brown earned her third First Team All-PAC selection of her career after she notched a 1.24 earned run average, which ranked second in the conference. Brown’s 15 wins was tied for second most in the league, while her opposing batting average (.232) was third. Pancake earned her second First Team status of her career with 35 runs batted in this season, ranking fourth in the PAC. Pancake’s .682 slugging percentage also ranked fourth in the conference. Latess also collected her second First Team selection of her career with a team-high 46 RBIs, which was second in the PAC. Latess’ seven home runs led the team and ranked third in the league. Yates earned her first All-PAC First Team honor and second all-conference selection of her career. Yates recorded a batting-average of .365 with 18 RBIs. Atkins notched her second-straight First Team honor as she ranked second in batting-average (.465) and led the conference in hits (60). Wire registered the second First Team honor of her career as well. Wire finished the season with .458 batting average, which was fourth in the PAC, along with an on-base percentage of .515, ranking second in the league. Wire’s 55 hits were fourth-best in the conference.
Gurley notched her first All-PAC honor as she recorded a batting average of .406, ranking 10th in the league. Gurley tallied 21 RBIs on 41 hits. Malczak collected her first-career All-PAC selection with an earned run average of 1.89, which ranked third-best in the PAC, while her 14 victories in the circle were fourth in the league. Meholick earned her first-career All-PAC honor as her 29 RBIs were tied for seventh in the league. Meholick finished the season with a .307 batting-average.
Westminster, under the guidance of 26th-year Head Coach Jan Reddinger, finished the season with a 31-6 overall record and a 16-2 conference. This season marked the first time in school history that the Titans recorded back-to-back 30-win seasons (33 wins in the 2020-21 season).
• Men’s Tennis — The Titans had a school-record six players named to the All-PAC teams. The Titans were led by first-year Ellian Ascencio, who was tabbed First Team in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, and junior Sam Scotford, who was named First Team in No. 1 doubles – the program’s most voted on First Team All-PAC selections.
Ascencio earned his first-career All-PAC honor, while Scotford collected his second All-PAC honor (first First Team nod).
Earning Honorable Mention honors were junior Jimmy Oberlin in No. 2 singles and sophomore Jacob Mack in No. 6 singles - the second-consecutive All-PAC honor for both players. Rounding out the All-PAC Honorable Mention honorees were seniors Logan Mannheimer and Noah Weiss in No. 3 doubles. Mannheimer notched his second All-PAC selection, while Weiss recorded his first. Oberlin was named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team
Ascensio tallied eight wins in No. 1 singles and seven wins in No. 1 doubles. Scotford recorded four wins in No. 1 doubles. Collecting seven victories in No. 2 singles was Oberlin. Mack won six matches in No. 6 singles competition. Mannheimer picked up six wins in No. 3 doubles, while Weiss recorded seven victories in No. 3 doubles.
• Men’s Tennis — Senior men’s tennis player Karsten Lagerquist earned PAC Player of the Year honors Tuesday afternoon through voting conducted by the conference’s head tennis coaches.
Six teammates joined Lagerquist on the respective All-Conference teams while first-year head coach Nate Horner received the league’s Coach of the Year award.
Lagerquist and junior Ryne Talko each earned First Team All-PAC honors in both singles and doubles play. Lagerquist held down the first singles spot while Talko played at No. 2 singles. The two veterans combined to form Grove City’s top doubles tandem.
Sophomore Michael Odrey earned Second Team All-PAC at third singles while classmate Gavin Miller captured Second Team at fourth singles. Sophomore Jameson Sposato merited Second Team All-PAC at No. 5 singles and sophomore Collier Kaufman earned Second Team distinction at sixth singles.
Odrey and Sposato earned Second Team recognition at second doubles while the sophomore tandem of Miller and Josiah Newton captured Second Team All-PAC at third doubles.
A three-time First Team All-PAC honoree, Lagerquist earned PAC Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player honors April 30 after helping lead Grove City to a 5-1 win over Saint Vincent in the title match.
Lagerquist owns an 11-3 overall record at No. 1 singles this season. He went 6-0 at No. 1 singles in league play and has won nine straight matches. Lagerquist and Talko own a 10-3 overall record at No. 1 doubles, including a 7-0 mark in conference play this season.
Talko compiled an 8-5 record at second singles during the regular season while bolstering the upper portion of the lineup. He earned Second Team All-PAC in singles action last year.
Odrey went 5-0 in conference play this year and owns a 6-3 overall singles record this year. He and Sposato are 7-0 at second doubles and 8-0 overall this season.
Miller owns a 10-3 overall singles record, having played extensively at third and fourth singles throughout the season. The Miller-Newton team has won all seven of its matches this year, going 4-0 in conference play.
Sposato won 7 of his 10 singles matches during the regular season, including a 4-0 mark at fourth singles. Kaufman, meanwhile, has won seven straight matches and is now 10-2 overall in singles action.
Horner has guided Grove City to a 16-2 record this season, including a 7-0 record in league play. Grove City’s 16 wins this season match the program record, set in 1995 and tied in 1996.
The conference also named freshman Wesley Kiehl to its Sportsmanship Team.
Grove City will face Ohio Northern at 9 a.m. Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament at Case Western Reserve University.
• Softball — Four Grove City College softball players earned All-PAC recognition Tuesday afternoon, as voted on by the conference’s 10 head softball coaches.
Junior pitcher/designated player Janessa Dawson earned Second Team All-PAC honors for the Wolverines. Meanwhile, senior shortstop Lexi Buck, senior outfielder Hannah Dietz and freshman second baseman Maci Linhart all earned Honorable Mention All-PAC.
Dawson led Grove City with a .394 batting average this year, along with a team-high 23 runs scored and a team-leading 39 hits. She cracked two home runs and finished second on the team with 55 total bases.
Dawson also led Grove City’s pitching staff with nine wins and a 3.66 earned run average. Dawson (9-6) struck out 57 batters in 86 innings. She threw six complete games.
Buck anchored Grove City’s infield while also hitting .250. She started 32 games this year and knocked in 10 runs. Buck hit .318 in Grove City’s 18 conference games this season.
Dietz ranked second in the conference with eight home runs this season. She also ranked fifth in the league with 30 runs batted in. Dietz’s .629 slugging percentage ranked 10th in the conference.
Dietz broke her own Grove City single-season record by belting eight home runs. She graduates as Grove City’s career leader with 21 home runs and 100 total runs batted in. Dietz hit .292 this year overall and .354 in league play. Five of her home runs this season came in conference play.
Linhart took over as the Wolverines’ starting second baseman and hit .329 in 27 games. She shared the team lead with three triples and ranked second on the team with 18 runs scored. Linhart hit .341 in conference action.
The conference also honored senior center fielder Morgan Prouty as a member of its Sportsmanship Team.
Grove City finished 10-8 in conference play, setting a program record for conference wins in a season.