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Bowden Named NCBWA Southeast Region Player of the Year

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WINGATE, N.C. -- The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced its All-Region teams Wednesday afternoon. In the Southeast Region, Catawba senior first baseman Chance Bowden was named the NCBWA Player of the Year. Georgia College senior Charlie Hecht was named the region’s Pitcher of the Year and North Greenville’s Landon Powell earns Region Coach of the Year honors. Bowden was joined on the region first team by junior designated hitter Heath Mitchem.

Bowden earned South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year honors in 2018, hitting .388 with 20 doubles, 18 homers and 66 RBI, scoring 59 runs while compiling a .724 slugging percentage and .464 on-base percentage. The senior leads the SAC in homers, RBI, hits and total bases, ranking third in runs scored and slugging percentage, fourth in doubles and fifth in batting average.

Mitchem hit .370 over 154 at bats as he took over the designated hitter duties in March. Among his 57 hits were 10 doubles and four home runs. He collected 29 RBI and scored 42 runs with a .487 on-base percentage.

Hecht was named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year. The senior is a perfect 11-0 on the season with a 2.43 ERA, helping to lead Georgia College to the PBC regular season and tournament championship. Hecht has 124 strikeouts and just 22 walks in 100 innings of work, holding opponents to a .211 batting average while tossing a pair of complete games. Powell guided North Greenville to the Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament title. The Crusaders are 44-8 overall and have been ranked as high as number one nationally this season.

NCBWA All-Southeast Region Teams
1st Team All-Region
C – Matt Honeycutt, Mars Hill
1B – Chance Bowden, Catawba
2B – Daulton Martin, Tusculum
3B – Trey Jacobs, UNC Pembroke
SS – Tyler Adams, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Logan Mattix, Georgia College
OF – Connor Grant, North Greenville
OF – Luke Jackson, UNC Pembroke
DH – Heath Mitchem, Catawba
UT – Nate Schmal, Georgia College
SP – Charlie Hecht, Georgia College
SP – Tucker Burgess, North Greenville
SP – Kolton Ingram, Columbus State
RP – Zach Vennaro, Mount Olive

2nd Team All-Region
C – Andres Perez, North Georgia
1B – Matthew Miller, Georgia College
2B – Matt McGarry, Belmont Abbey
3B – Chase Allen, Limestone
SS – Colin Allman, Newberry
OF – Luke Cureton, Belmont Abbey
OF – Wesley Wommack, Georgia College
OF – Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial
DH – Connor Grainger, UNC Pembroke
UT – Nate Estes, Mount Olive
SP – Ethan Elliott, Lincoln Memorial
SP – Michael Livingston, Young Harris
SP – German Reyes, Mount Olive
RP – Parker Morrison, North Georgia

Player of the Year: Chance Bowden, Catawba
Pitcher of the Year: Charlie Hecht, Georgia College
Coach of the Year: Landon Powell, North Greenville

About the NCBWA
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy (Player of the Year), Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-American awards, publication and writing contests.

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