KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The NAIA in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association has announced the 2018 ABCA/Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team. The nine award winners, who were chosen based upon their defensive success, were selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee.
Tyler Tognarine of Lyon (Ark.) and Michael Fuchs of Vanguard (Calif.) headline the honorees as repeat selections. Tognarine, a senior pitcher from Cape Coral, Fla., won a Gold Glove in 2016, while Fuchs was recognized in 2017. Fuchs is a senior shortstop from Irvine, Calif.
Sean Fannon of Lawrence Tech (Mich.), Jared Hagan of Madonna (Mich.) and Hunter Henry of Oklahoma Wesleyan are receiving their respective program’s first-ever ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove award.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 9,700 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 75th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 3-6, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.
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2018 ABCA/Rawlings-NAIA Gold Glove Team
|P||Tyler Tognarine||Lyon (Ark.)|
|C||Tanner Watson||Taylor (Ind.)|
|1B||Hunter Henry||Oklahoma Wesleyan|
|2B||Michael Stefanic||Westmont (Calif.)|
|3B||Matt Evans||Bellevue (Neb.)|
|SS||Michael Fuchs||Vanguard (Calif.)|
|LF||Josh Weeks||Vanguard (Calif.)|
|CF||Jared Hagan||Madonna (Mich.)|
|RF||Sean Fannon||Lawrence Tech (Mich.)|