ECSU' Zachary Named ABCA/Rawlings New England Player of the Year; Nine Named All-Region

ECSU' Zachary Named ABCA/Rawlings New England Player of the Year; Nine Named All-Region

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The 2017 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-Region teams and Regional Players of the Year have been announced in all eight regions. The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America Committee.

ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans will be announced on the evening of Thursday, May 25. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team will be announced on Wednesday, June 21.

The ABCA All-America team was first recognized in 1949 and now includes nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and high school. ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were first recognized in 2007.

The Chair of the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America & Coach of the Year Committee is Paul Hesse of the University of Mt. Union. Also on the committee are Matt LaBranche (Eastern Connecticut State), Cory Paluga (Elmira College), Dean Glus (The College of New Jersey), Ray Hedrick (Randolph-Macon College), Luke Johnson (North Park University), Jerry Haugen (St. John's University, MN) and Scott Winterburn (University of La Verne).

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,000 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 74th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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2017 New England-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams
NCAA Div. III New England All-Region First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Matt Brenner Sr. Suffolk MA
1B Chris Fowler Jr. UMass Boston MA
2B Kyle Hartenstein Jr. Mitchell CT
3B Taylor Black Sr. St. Joseph's ME
SS Austin Filiere Jr. MIT MA
SS Kyle Bonicki Jr. Clark MA
OF Alex Zachary Sr. Eastern Connecticut State CT
OF Brady Chant Jr. Suffolk MA
OF Ryan Tropeano So. WPI MA
DH Ryan Arena Jr. Babson MA
UT Jake Dexter So. Southern Maine ME
P Speros Varinos Sr. Tufts MA
P Devin Hayes Sr. Castleton VT
P Patrick Maybach Fr. Salve Regina RI
P Chuck Gibson Sr. Suffolk MA
 
NCAA Div. III New England All-Region Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Christian Vargas Jr. Salve Regina RI
1B Matt Howard Jr. WPI MA
1B Taylor Cacciola Sr. UMass Dartmouth MA
2B Cam Cook Jr. Nichols MA
3B Alex Parkos So. Eastern Connecticut State CT
3B Tom O'Hara Jr. Tufts MA
SS Garrett Griffin Jr. Mitchell CT
OF Dylan Hapworth Fr. Southern Maine ME
OF Evan Delaney So. New England College NH
OF Yanni Thanopoulos Sr. Amherst MA
OF Anthony Crowley So. Westfield State MA
DH Adam Barry Sr. Worcester State MA
UT Davis Mikell Fr. Castleton VT
P Ethan Forrest Sr. Newbury MA
P Jimmy Fitzgerald Jr. Salve Regina RI
P Matt Nunes Sr. Westfield State MA
RP Josh Partridge Jr. St. Joseph's ME
 
NCAA Div. III New England All-Region Third Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Chris Bosco So. Roger Williams RI
1B Nick Falkson Jr. Tufts MA
2B John Militano Jr. Salve Regina RI
3B Steven Gallagher So. WPI MA
3B Kyle Boudrais So. UMass Boston MA
SS Mike Kochiss Sr. Endicott MA
SS Nick Comei Sr. WPI MA
OF Matt Johnston Fr. MIT MA
OF Teddy Downing Jr. Clark MA
OF Matt Sobray Jr. Newbury MA
OF Dave Matthews So. Johnson & Wales RI
DH Jameson Collins Sr. St. Joseph's ME
UT Dan Mantoni Sr. UMass Boston MA
P Bob Hamel So. Western New England MA
P Matt Tulley Sr. UMass Boston MA
P Kevin Gould So. Endicott MA
P Cal Slepkow So. Clark MA
RP Mike Duclos Sr. WPI MA
 
New England Position Player of the Year: Alex Zachary, Sr., OF, Eastern Connecticut State
New England Pitcher of the Year: Speros Varinos, Sr., Tufts