Courtesy of Catholic, Drew, Elizabethtown, Moravian, and Susquehanna Sports Information
TOWSON, Md. --- Six All-Landmark performers from the 2017 season were named all-region by D3baseball.com today.
Tommy Broyles (Drew), Kyle Fackler (Elizabethtown), and Cory Fallon (Susquehanna) earned First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region recognition, while Catholic’s Paul Burmester and Jon Mierzwa and Moravian’s Anthony Gaetaniello earned Third Team honors.
Broyles is the first Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Year since Joe Keiser in 2000. He followed up an All-Conference Second Team selection as a junior with a First Team selection as a senior relief pitcher, along with the highest honor bestowed to a conference pitcher this season. Broyles led the conference with a 1.60 earned run average while posting a 6-1 record and five saves. He also started two games, which both went down as complete-game victories for the senior. Broyles posted 31 strikeouts and walked just five in his 45 innings. Nationally across NCAA Division III, his ERA ranks 21st, and his walks allowed per nine innings (1.00) ranks 24th. In 10 Landmark Conference appearances, he posted a sparkling 0.92 ERA in two complete games and three saves with 19 strikeouts.
Fackler is the second Blue Jay to collect Landmark Player of the Year honors in three seasons since Elizabethtown began play as a league member in 2015. The Harrisburg native and Central Dauphin East product joins Luke Gatti (2015) in receiving the league's top honor. He established the program's new career hits (221) and runs scored (165) records this season.
Fallon was a First Team All-Landmark Conference selection and led the Susquehanna University Baseball team with a .369 batting average and team leading statistics with 58 hits, 10 home runs and 41 runs batted in.
Burmester finished the year third in the conference with a .408 batting average and fourth for home runs (6). The Columbia, Md., native is seventh in the league in RBI (32) while he recorded 40 hits and 24 runs during the 2017 season.
As Catholic's starting pitcher, Meirzwa leads the conference with eight wins for the 2017 season. Hailing from Laurel, Md., Meirzwa has tossed 90 strikeouts this year, landing 14th in the nation and first in the Landmark. He sits second in the league with a 2.63 ERA in 65 innings pitched.
Gaetaniello who named to the 2017 Landmark All-Conference First Team this month and was on the Landmark All-Conference Second Team last spring, led the Greyhounds with a .404 batting average this year as he went 55-of-136 at the plate. He also contributed 43 runs, nine doubles, a triple, a homer, 15 RBIs, 17 walks, a .481 on-base percentage and a .507 slugging percentage. Gaetaniello was 15-for-18 on stolen base attempts this season, and he completed his career with a school record 65 stolen bases. Gaetaniello also became the fourth player to reach the 200-hit milestone as he completed this career with exactly 200 hits.