10 Eagles Earn 2019 All-KCAC Honors

WICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2019 All-KCAC baseball awards. Student-athletes were selected for all awards by vote of the KCAC head baseball coaches. All student-athletes will be honored during the 2019 KCAC Baseball Tournament on Thursday, May 2 at the Great Bend Sports Complex in Great Bend, Kan., immediately following game two.

The Eagles of Oklahoma Wesleyan University earned the KCAC Regular Season title for the third-straight year, finishing the conference season at 28-5 and 39-9 overall. Head coach Kirk Kelley was selected by his peers as KCAC Coach of the Year. Oklahoma Wesleyan’s Austin Sojka earns the KCAC Player of the Year award following a senior campaign where he hit 0.477 with 82 hits, 71 runs, 47 RBI’s, 17 doubles, and 14 homeruns. Matt Lindsley of York College (2.91 ERA) was named Pitcher of the Year, and Ottawa’s Jeremiah Arellano was named Freshman of the Year. All awards are voted on by KCAC baseball coaches.

John Lantigua (3B), Austin Sojka (SS), Tyson Cronin (Pitcher), Drenis Ozuna (OF), and Michael Anderson (Pitcher) all represented the Eagles being named to the All-KCAC First Team. Rylee Peterson (C), Colton Kelly (OF), Danny Perez (DH) and Ryan Sandifer (Pitcher) were named to the All-KCAC Second Team while Landon Williams (Pitcher) was name to the Honorable Mention Team. Peterson also earned the KCAC Gold Glove Award for his senior campaign as the Eagle’s catcher.

The following athletes were selected by conference coaches as All-KCAC First Team, All-KCAC Second Team, KCAC Honorable Mention, and KCAC Baseball Gold Glove Team.

First Team
Name School Year Position Hometown
Matt Nunes (U) York College Jr. C Fowler, Calif.
Trevor Johnson McPherson College So. C San Diego, Calif.
Cameron Pope Tabor College Sr. 1B Lawrence, Kan.
Christian Stone Tabor College Jr. 2B Mooresville, N.C.
John Lantigua Oklahoma Wesleyan University Sr. 3B Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Austin Sojka (U) Oklahoma Wesleyan University Sr. SS Huntington Beach, Calif.
Tyler Horchem Bethany College Sr. UTL Lincoln, Ill.
Drenis Ozuna (U) Oklahoma Wesleyan University Jr. OF Orlando, Fla.
Freddy Walker Tabor College Sr. OF San Diego, Calif.
Lawyer Braun York College Sr. OF Federal Way, Wash.
Daunte Freeman University of Saint Mary Jr. OF Sacramento, Calif.
Troy Puga (U) Friends University Jr. DH Pueblo, Colo.
Tyson Cronin (U) Oklahoma Wesleyan University Sr. Pitcher Maple Valley, Wash.
Michael Anderson Oklahoma Wesleyan University Jr. Pitcher Roff, Okla.
Edwar Melendez (U) Bethany College Sr. Pitcher Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Matt Lindsley (U) York College Sr. Pitcher Bakersfield, Calif.
Jarrod Manick McPherson College Jr. Relief Pitcher Aldergrove, B.C., Canada

 

Second Team
Name School Year Position Hometown
Rylee Peterson Oklahoma Wesleyan University Sr. C Sidney, Mont.
Yodai Nakamura Kansas Wesleyan University Sr. C Las Vegas, Nev.
Lane Fleming McPherson College Sr. 1B Council Grove, Kan.
Jakob Shields McPherson College Jr. 2B DeSoto, Kan.
Luis Duran Bethany College Sr. 3B Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Markus Montelongo Sterling College Sr. SS Phoenix, Ariz.
Joe Rankin Southwestern College Sr. UTL Phoenix, Ariz.
Colton Kelly Oklahoma Wesleyan University Sr. OF Wenatchee, Wash.
Ben Giland Sterling College Sr. OF Eugene, Ore.
Brevin Baessler McPherson College Sr. OF Gilbert, Ariz.
Jeremiah Arellano Ottawa University Fr. OF Pueblo, Colo.
Danny Perez Oklahoma Wesleyan University Jr. DH Queens, N.Y.
Mason Schimmel Sterling College So. Pitcher Clatskanie, Ore.
Ryan Sandifer Oklahoma Wesleyan University Sr. Pitcher Snohomish, Wash.
Darrick Watts Tabor College Jr. Pitcher Arvada, Colo.
Nathan Arruda Tabor College Sr. Pitcher Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hayden Wheeler Tabor College Sr. Relief Pitcher Topeka, Kan.

 

Honorable Mention
Name School Year Position Hometown
Dominic Visentin Tabor College Sr. C Oakley, Calif.
Jake Northrup Sterling College Sr. C Tucson, Ariz.
Joe Rankin Southwestern College Sr. 1B Phoenix, Ariz.
Dalton Whitaker Kansas Wesleyan University Jr. 1B Edmond, Okla.
Carlos Rivera Sterling College Jr. 2B Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Tyler Givens Southwestern College Sr. 3B Stanwood, Wash.
Armando Flores Sterling College Jr. 3B Merced, Calif.
Ethan Lanz York College So. 3B Littleton, Colo.
Mark Strebin McPherson College Sr. SS Westville, Ill.
Ethan Fox Avila University Jr. OF Campbell River, B.C.
Emilio Navarro Friends University Sr. OF Porterville, Calif.
Ben Van Diest Tabor College Jr. OF Eudora, Kan.
Bailey Watros Kansas Wesleyan University Sr. OF Sandwich, Ill.
James Duvall Bethany College Sr. OF Coppell, Texas
Jackson Goodmiller McPherson College Sr. UTL St. George, Kan.
Luke Jackson York College Sr. DH Escondido, Calif.
Elliot Antonetty Ottawa University Jr. DH Gurabo, Puerto Rico
Josh Lewis McPherson College So. Pitcher Loveland, Colo.
Austin Eggleston Friends University Jr. Pitcher Arlington, Texas
Jake Olofson Kansas Wesleyan University Jr. Pitcher Livermore, Calif.
Landon Williams Oklahoma Wesleyan University Sr. Relief Pitcher Clovis, N.M.
Spencer Jones York College Sr. Relief Pitcher Three Rivers, Calif.
Stephen Norrell Ottawa University So. Relief Pitcher Keller, Texas

 

Gold Glove
Name School Year Position Hometown
Rylee Peterson Oklahoma Wesleyan University Sr. C Sidney, Mont.
Lane Fleming McPherson College Sr. 1B Council Grove, Kan.
Joan Martinez Avila University Sr. 2B Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico
Ethan Lanz York College So. 3B Littleton, Colo.
Markus Montelongo Sterling College Sr. SS Phoenix, Ariz.
Freddy Walker Tabor College Sr. RF San Diego, Calif.
Emilio Navarro Friends University Sr. CF Porterville, Calif.
Wesley Galloway Sterling College Jr. LF Fairfield, Calif.
Mason Schimmel Sterling College So. Pitcher Clatskanie, Ore.

 

Original Article via KCAC