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Six Garner SAC Post-Season Baseball Honors

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ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSac.com) -- Six Catawba baseball players earned post-season awards from the South Atlantic Conference that was announced by the league office on Tuesday. Jeremy Simpson was the lone selection to the 2019 SAC Baseball All-Conference first team. Second team honors went to Jackson Raper, Heath Mitchem and Bryan Ketchie. Riley Myers was an honorable mention pick. Three players, Simpson, Raper and Lee Poteat, were named to the SAC All-Defensive team.

Simpson, a junior shortstop, has hit .328 for the Catawba Indians. Among his 58 hits are 15 doubles, a triple and six home runs. Simpson has posted 37 RBI and scored 49 runs. Defensively, he has made just eight errors in 201 chances and has helped turn 33 double plays.

Raper is a junior third baseman, who leads the team with a .363 average. He has posted 73 hits with 20 doubles, four triples and seven home runs. Raper has 46 RBI and 45 runs scored. At third base, he has made eight errors in 127 chances.

Mitchem, a senior, earned his honors as a designated hitter. He is a .335 hitter with 12 doubles and three homers among his 62 hits. He has driven in 34 runs, while scoring 49. Mitchem has swiped nine bases.

Ketchie, a junior pitcher, has posted a 7-1 record with a 3.74 ERA on the year. Over 74 and two-thirds innings, the lefty has surrendered 79 hits and fanned 53 batters.

Myers, a senior pitcher, is 6-0 on the season with a 3.75 ERA. He has logged 72 innings, allowing 64 hits with 68 strikeouts.

Poteat has not committed an error over 64 chances in the outfield and earned the defensive nod at right field. The junior has four outfield assists.

Newberry outfielder Danton Hyman was voted the Player of the Year, while Tusculum hurler Charles Hall was named the Pitcher of the Year.  In addition, Newberry’s  Josh Bookbinder was voted the SAC Freshman of the Year and Newberry skipper  Russell Triplett was named Coach of the Year.

2019 SAC Baseball All-Conference
All-SAC First Team
OF – Danton Hyman, Newberry
OF – Tyler Thompson, Carson-Newman
OF – Jed Bryant, Wingate
1B – Chris Salvey, Lincoln Memorial
2B – Daulton Martin, Tusculum
SS – Jeremy Simpson, Catawba
3B – Tyler Adams, Lincoln Memorial
C – Ethan Goforth, Carson-Newman
DH – Nate Stinson, Lincoln Memorial
SP – Charles Hall, Tusculum
SP – Ethan Elliott, Lincoln Memorial
SP – Josh Bookbinder, Newberry
RP – Quinton Driggers, Newberry

All-SAC Second Team
OF – Seth Hunt, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Will Reddick, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Clayton Jeffries, Lenoir-Rhyne
1B – Noah Jones, Queens
2B – Dalton Lansdowne, Newberry
SS – Colin Allman, Newberry
3B – Jackson Raper, Catawba
C – Nate Montgomery, Tusculum
DH – Heath Mitchem, Catawba
SP – Bryan Ketchie, Catawba
SP – Greg Valentine, Carson-Newman
SP – Austin Turgeon, Wingate
RP – Hunter Dula, Wingate
 
Honorable Mentions
OF – Jarel McDade, Tusculum
OF – Nick Butler, Newberry
OF – E.J. Ranel, Lenoir-Rhyne
1B – Larry McCabe, Coker
2B – John Sharpe, Carson-Newman
SS – Casey Demko, Coker
3B – Bryson Ford, Tusculum
C – Andrew Llewellyn, Wingate
DH – Matthew Freeman, Lenoir-Rhyne
SP – Charlie Fessler, Newberry
SP – Tomas Sorcia, Jr., Newberry
SP -  Alex Shirazi, Lenoir-Rhyne
SP -  Riley Myers, Catawba
RP – Christian Carpenter, Anderson
 
All-Defensive Team
RF – Lee Poteat, Catawba
CF – Danton Hyman, Newberry
LF – Will Reddick, Lincoln Memorial
1B – Chris Salvey, Lincoln Memorial
2B – Lake Lybrand, Coker
SS – Jeremy Simpson, Catawba
3B – Jackson Raper, Catawba
C – Ethan Goforth, Carson-Newman
P – Quinton Driggers, Newberry
 
Player of the Year: Danton Hyman, Newberry
Pitcher of the Year: Charles Hall, Tusculum
Freshman of the Year: Josh Bookbinder, Newberry
Coach of the Year: Russell Triplett, Newberry

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