Albertson and Brooks Named Consensus Region Player and Pitcher of Year


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba College has produced the consensus Southeast Region Player and Pitcher of the Year in Will Albertson and Craig Brooks.  Albertson was named the Player of the Year by the ABCA, Daktronics and the NCBWA, while Brooks earned Pitcher of the Year honors from all three organizations.

Albertson was first team catcher on all three teams after hitting .473 heading into the NCAA II National Finals.  The junior has swatted 26 home runs and driven in 90 runs, both school and South Atlantic Conference records.  Albertson also earned the region Gold Glove behind the plate. 

Brooks, a senior, has posted a 9-1 record with a 1.53 ERA over 16 appearances.  He has allowed just 53 hits over 94 innings, while equaling a school record with 147 strikeouts on the season.

Senior outfielder Blake Houston was a first team all-region pick by the ABCA and earned a second team spot from the NCBWA and Daktronics.  Houston is hitting .365 with nine homers and 42 RBI.  He is one of the national leaders in walks, drawing 49 on the season with a .479 on-base percentage.

T.J. Wharton was a second team all-region selection by the ABCA and the NCBWA as a designated hitter.  The senior is hitting .372 with 10 homers and 57 RBI.  Shaefer Shepard was named an honorable mention performer by the NCBWA.  The sophomore is 10-3 with a 4.07 ERA.  He has fanned 76 in 90 and two-thirds innings.

2015 ABCA/Rawlings All-Southeast Region Teams

First Team
1B - Albert Baur, Sr. - Newberry
2B - Shane Billings, So. - Wingate
3B - Collins Cuthrell, Sr. - UNC Pembroke
SS - Brandon Overstreet, Sr. - Erskine
INF - Matt Rubino, Sr. - Francis Marion
C - Will Albertson, Jr. - Catawba
OF - Thomas Spitz, Sr. - Wingate
OF - Blake Houston, Sr. - Catawba
OF - Jason Morozowski, Jr. - Mount Olive
OF - Jake Sandlin, Jr. - Georgia College
DH - Mike McClellan, Jr. - Columbus State
P - Craig Brooks, Sr. - Catawba
P - Placido Torres, Jr. - Tusculum
P - Gunnar Kines, Sr. - Mount Olive
P - Mike O'Reilly, Jr. - Flagler
RP - Adam Boghosian, Sr. - North Greenville
Second Team
1B - Steven Knudson, Jr.- Montevallo
2B - Dylan Cook, Jr. - Georgia College
3B - Justin Manning, Sr. - Mount Olive
SS - Zade Denton, Sr. - UNC Pembroke
INF - Allen Staton, Sr. - North Greenville
C - Anthony Dimimo, Jr. - Belmont Abbey
OF - Izzy Perez, Sr. - Pfeiffer
OF - Clint Hardy, So. - Georgia Regents
OF - Brendon Collins, Sr. - Columbus State
OF - Ben Schmucker, Sr. - UNC Pembroke
DH - TJ Wharton, Sr. - Catawba
P - Wesley Camp, Sr. - Newberry
P - Vince Apicella, Jr. - Carson Newman
P - Danny Brown, Sr. - Flagler
P - Pete Nagel, Jr. - Armstrong Atlantic
RP - Devan Watts, So. - Tusculum
Southeast Region Position Player of the Year: Will Albertson, Catawba
Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year: Craig Brooks, Catawba

2015 ABCA/Rawlings Southeast Region Gold Glove Team
1B – Clay Ardeeser, Sr - Georgia College
2B – Dylan Cook, Jr - Georgia College
3B – Devin Gearhart, So - North Georgia
SS – Evan Rogers, Jr - Mars Hill
C – Will Albertson, Jr - Catawba
LF – Matthew Haskins, Sr - Montevallo
CF – Jason Morozowski, Jr - Mt. Olive
RF – Jake Sandlin, Jr - Georgia College
P – Cameron Busby, Fr - Georgia College

2015 NCBWA All-Southeast Region

Player of the Year: Will Albertson, Catawba
Pitcher of the Year: Craig Brooks, Catawba
Coach of the Year: Tom Cantrell, North Georgia

Starting Pitcher: Craig Brooks, Catawba
Starting Pitcher: Mike O’Reilly, Flagler
Starting Pitcher: Gunnar Kines, Mount Olive
Relief Pitcher: Adam Boghosian, North Greenville
Catcher: Will Albertson, Catawba
First Base: Albert Baur, Newberry
Second Base: Shane Billings, Wingate
Third Base: Collins Cuthrell, UNC Pembroke
Shortstop: Brandon Overstreet, Erskine
Outfield: Jason Morozowski, Mount Olive
Outfield: Thomas Spitz, Wingate
Outfield: Clint Hardy, Georgia Regents
Designated Hitter: Mike McLellan, Columbus State
Utility: Matt Rubino, Francis Marion

Starting Pitcher: Placido Torres, Tusculum
Starting Pitcher: Wesley Camp, Newberry
Starting Pitcher: Pete Nagel, Armstrong State
Relief Pitcher: Tyler Graham, Armstrong State
Catcher: Anthony Dimino, Belmont Abbey
First Base: Joe Koehler, Mount Olive
Second Base: Andrew Brodbeck, Flagler
Third Base: Justin Manning, Mount Olive
Shortstop: Zade Denton, UNC Pembroke
Outfield: Jake Sandlin, Georgia College
Outfield: Brendan Collins, Columbus State
Outfield: Blake Houston, Catawba
Designated Hitter: Drew Taylor, Georgia Regents
Utility: Allen Staton, North Greenville

Starting Pitcher: Danny Brown, Flagler; Matt Kelley, Francis Marion; Vince Apicella, Carson-Newman; Luke Crumley, Erskine; Derek Justice, Mount Olive; Jacob Beauchamp, North Georgia; Andy Sullivan, UNC Pembroke; Shaefer Shepard, Catawba. Relief Pitcher: Devan Watts, Tusculum. Catcher: Sam Tidaback, North Georgia; Chad Whitehead, UNC Pembroke. First Base: Steven Knudson, Montevallo; Zach Smith, Erskine. Second Base: Dylan Cook, Georgia College; Zak Orrison, Mount Olive. Third Base: Nick Nunziato, Belmont Abbey; Nick Morabito, Lincoln Memorial. Shortstop: Ryan Perkins, Lenoir-Rhyne; Jose Sola, King. Outfield: Izzy Perez, Pfeiffer; Matthew Haskins, Montevallo; Rayshelon Carolina, Mars Hill; Drew Cole, UNC Pembroke; Brandan Sheridan, Newberry; J.D. Crowe, Francis Marion; Ben Schmucker, UNC Pembroke; Kilgore Gailmard, Mount Olive; Nick Kranick, Flagler; Logan Galliher, Erskine. Designated Hitter: T.J. Wharton, Catawba; Bradley Brown, Wingate. Utility: Rob Shipman, Mount Olive.


1B - Albert Baur, Newberry, Sr 
2B - Shane Billings, Wingate, So
3B - Collins Cuthrell, UNC Pembroke, Sr
SS - Brandon Overstreet, Erskine, Sr
C - Will Albertson, Catawba, Jr
OF - Thomas Spitz, Wingate, Sr
OF - Jason Morozowski, Mount Olive, Jr
OF - Brendan Collins, Columbus State, Sr            
DH - Mike McClellan, Columbus State, Jr  
Util/Non-P - Matt Rubino, Francis Marion, Sr
Util/P - Hunter Donaldson, Brevard, Jr
SP - Craig Brooks, Catawba, Sr
SP - Gunnar Kines, Mount Olive, Sr
SP - Mike O’Reilly, Flagler, Jr
SP - Wesley Camp, Newberry, Sr 
RP - Tyler Graham, Armstrong State, Jr

Player of the Year - Will Albertson, Catawba, Junior
Pitcher of the Year - Craig Brooks, Catawba, Senior

1B - Clay Ardeeser, Georgia College, Sr
2B - Andrew Brodbeck, Flagler, Sr
3B - Justin Manning, Mount Olive, Sr
SS - Zade Denton, UNC Pembroke, Sr
C - Anthony Dimino, Belmont Abbey, Jr  
OF - Blake Houston, Catawba, Sr
OF - Clint Hardy, GRU Augusta, So
OF - Jake Sandlin, Georgia College, Jr
DH - T.J. Wharton, Catawba, Sr
Util/Non-P - Steven Tomlinson, North Georgia, Fr
SP - Placido Torres, Tusculum, Jr
SP - Danny Brown, Flagler, Sr
SP - Pete Nagel, Armstrong State, Jr
SP - Matt Kelley, Francis Marion, Jr
RP - Adam Boghosian, North Greenville, Sr

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