Raper, Simpson and Ketchie Earn Baseball All-Region Honors


Three Catawba baseball players earned All-Southeast Region honors as announced by the ABCA and the NCBWA. Jackson Raper was a first team NCBWA all-region pick and earned honorable mention All-America honors from the organization. Jeremy Simpson was a second team pick from both the ABCA and the NCBWA, while Bryan Ketchie was a second team pick by the ABCA,

Raper, a junior third baseman, enters the NCAA D2 National Championships batting .351 with a team-high 84 hits and 20 doubles. He has added four triples and seven home runs, while driving in 54 runs runs and scoring 48 times.

Simpson, a junior shortstop, is hitting at an even .300 clip with 16 doubles, a triple and seven home runs. He has collected 40 RBI with 56 runs scored. Simpson has a .959 fielding percentage at his position, making just 10 errors in nearly 250 chances.

Ketchie has posted a 9-1 record and a 3.17 ERA over 20 appearances on the mound. He has made a team-high 16 starts with four complete games, including a shutout of Lincoln Memorial at the SAC Tournament. He has allowed 93 hits with 16 walks over 99 and a third innings, while posting 69 strikeouts.

Catawba opens play in the championships on Sunday at 3 p.m. against UC San Diego in Cary, N.C.

2019 Southeast-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams

NCAA Div. II Southeast All-Region First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School
C John Michael Faile Fr. North Greenville
1B Adam Sasser Sr. North Greenville
2B Daulton Martin Jr. Tusculum
3B Drew Yniesta So. Erskine
SS Utah Jones Sr. North Greenville
INF Noah Jones Fr. Queens-Charlotte
OF Danton Hyman Sr. Newberry
OF Tyler Thompson So. Carson Newman
OF Marquise Lanier Sr. Chowan
OF Ethan Baucom Jr. UNC Pembroke
DH Connor Durden Sr. USC Aiken
P Charles Hall Sr. Tusculum
P Ethan Elliott Sr. Lincoln Memorial
P Michael Giacone Jr. North Greenville
P Tucker Burgess Sr. North Greenville
RP Quinton Driggers Jr. Newberry
NCAA Div. II Southeast All-Region Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School
C Ethan Goforth Jr. Carson-Newman
1B Chris Salvey Sr. Lincoln Memorial
2B Chase Sudduth Sr. North Georgia
3B Jackson Raper Jr. Catawba
SS Jeremy Simpson Jr. Catawba
INF Cal Gentry Jr. Georgia College
OF Jed Bryant So. Wingate
OF Jakob Rolly Jr. Belmont Abbey
OF Jeffrey Chandler, Jr. Sr. North Greenville
OF Zavier Lushington Sr. Young Harris
DH JT Stone So. Mount Olive
P Josh Bookbinder Fr. Newberry
Bryan Ketchie Jr. Catawba
P Robert Girgis Sr. Flagler
P Tucker Smith Jr. Georgia Southwestern
RP Parker Morrison So. North Georgia
Southeast Position Player of the Year: Utah Jones, Sr., SS, North Greenville
Southeast Pitcher of the Year: Ethan Elliott, Sr., Lincoln Memorial

2019 NCBWA All-Southeast Region Teams
1st Team All-Region
C – John Michael Faile, North Greenville
1B – Adam Sasser, North Greenville
2B – Daulton Martin, Tusculum
3B – Jackson Raper, Catawba
SS – Utah Jones, North Greenville
OF – Marquise Lanier, Chowan
OF – Ethan Baucom, UNC Pembroke
OF – Danton Hyman, Newberry
DH – Conner Durden, USC Aiken
UT – Joe Mason, Mount Olive
SP – Tucker Burgess, North Greenville
SP – Ethan Elliott, Lincoln Memorial
SP – Tucker Smith, Georgia Southwestern
RP – Quinton Driggers, Newberry 

2nd Team All-Region
C – Ethan Goforth, Carson-Newman
1B – Noah Jones, Queens
2B – Cal Gentry, Georgia College
3B – Drew Yniesta, Erskine
SS – Jeremy Simpson, Catawba
OF – Tyler Thompson, Carson-Newman
OF – Zavier Lushington, Young Harris
OF – Gage Taylor, Francis Marion
DH – Nate Stinson, Lincoln Memorial
UT – Jared Williams, North Greenville
SP – Michael Giacone, North Greenville
SP – Charles Hall, Tusculum
SP – Robert Girgis, Flagler
RP – Devin Dudal, Columbus State

Player of the Year: Utah Jones, North Greenville
Pitcher of the Year: Tucker Burgess, North Greenville
Coach of the Year: Russell Triplett, Newberry 

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