The La Roche College baseball team was well represented on the AMCC All-Conference Team released today. Tanner Wilt was named the AMCC Pitcher of the Year, Ben Herstine the AMCC Player of the Year and Chase Rowe the AMCC Coach of the Year. Wilt, Herstine, Luis Navedo, Trey Claar, and David Lemley made First Team, Regis Sauer and Corey Lazor made Second Team and Ian Velez and Joe Professori made Third Team.
Tanner Wilt is the 2016 AMCC Pitcher of the Year after making All-Conference First Team last season. Wilt was one of the best pitchers in the country making D3Baseball's Team of the Week twice and earning AMCC Player of the Week honors twice. Wilt ranked 4th in the nation in WHIP, 7th in the nation in strikeouts and ERA, and 8th in hits allowed. He allowed just one earned run against AMCC competition while striking out 56 in 43 conference innings. His 95 strikeouts this season are the third most in AMCC history.
Ben Herstine is the AMCC Player of the Year after twice being named the AMCC Player of the Week. In conference play, Herstine led the AMCC in runs, RBIs, total bases, and triples. He ranked second in the league in home runs, slugging percentage and hits, fifth in batting average and eighth in on base percentage. Herstine also broke the school's single season RBI record and was an excellent defensive first baseman leading the AMCC in putouts and double plays.
Coach Chase Rowe is the AMCC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in the past six years. Rowe guided the Redhawks to their third straight AMCC Conference Championship and a #1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Mideast Regional. His La Roche squad is ranked 11th in the country in this week's D3Baseball Top 25 poll and in the top 15 in two other national polls. They rank second in the nation with 52 home runs, third in triples, sixth in WHIP and tenth in runs.
Luis Navedo is on the All-Conference Team after twice making Third Team in 2014 and Second Team last year. Navedo had one of the best day's in school history hitting 4 home runs and 8 RBIs in a double-header at Pitt-Greensburg. That week he made D3Baseball's Team of the Week, was a National Player of the Week Honorable Mention, and also was the AMCC Player of the Week. Navedo was incredible against AMCC competition. He led the league with a 1.048 slugging percentage, was second in on base percentage, third in walks and home runs, fourth in batting average and fifth in total bases. He also had 9 home runs on the season which was the most in the AMCC.
Trey Claar is an All-Conference First Teamer after having one of the best seasons of any relief pitcher in AMCC history. Claar is currently tied for the AMCC's single season save record and also ranks third on the school's career save list.
David Lemley was one of the top all-around players in the AMCC this season. Lemley led the AMCC in home runs, ranked third in RBIs and fourth in slugging percentage. He also went 2-1 with a 0.67 ERA against AMCC competition and had a complete game victory in La Roche's 4-2 win over Penn State Behrend in the AMCC Championship Game.
Corey Lazor makes the All-Conference Second Team just a day after earning AMCC Player of the Week honors. On the season, Lazor led the AMCC in hits, triples, total bases and at bats. He was second in runs, third in slugging percentage, fourth in batting average and RBIS, sixth in home runs, seventh in doubles, and ninth in stolen bases. Lazor also broke the school's single season record in RBIs and hits.
Regis Sauer followed a strong freshman season with a stellar sophomore one. Sauer led the AMCC with eight wins while ranking third in ERA, third in starts and fourth in innings pitched. La Roche did not lose a game that Sauer started.
Both Velez and Professori both were named to the AMCC All-Conference Third Team after terrific first seasons with the team. Velez ranked as one of the hardest players in the country to strike out while Professori hit .369 with 28 RBIs.