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|
|1B||Chris Fowler||Jr.||UMass Boston||MA|
|3B||Taylor Black||Sr.||St. Joseph's||ME|
|OF||Alex Zachary||Sr.||Eastern Connecticut State||CT|
|UT||Jake Dexter||So.||Southern Maine||ME|
|P||Patrick Maybach||Fr.||Salve Regina||RI|
|NCAA Div. III New England All-Region Second Team|
|C||Christian Vargas||Jr.||Salve Regina||RI|
|1B||Taylor Cacciola||Sr.||UMass Dartmouth||MA|
|3B||Alex Parkos||So.||Eastern Connecticut State||CT|
|OF||Dylan Hapworth||Fr.||Southern Maine||ME|
|OF||Evan Delaney||So.||New England College||NH|
|OF||Anthony Crowley||So.||Westfield State||MA|
|DH||Adam Barry||Sr.||Worcester State||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|
|C||Chris Bosco||So.||Roger Williams||RI|
|2B||John Militano||Jr.||Salve Regina||RI|
|3B||Kyle Boudrais||So.||UMass Boston||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|
|New England Position Player of the Year: Alex Zachary, Sr., OF, Eastern Connecticut State|
|New England Pitcher of the Year: Speros Varinos, Sr., Tufts|