TOWSON, Md. - 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.
Catholic’s Brennan Cotter and Susquehanna’s Cory Fallon were named to the First Team while Catholic’s Jon Mierzwa, Drew’s Tommy Broyles, Elizabethtown’s Kyle Fackler Susquehanna’s Zach Leone earned Second Team honors.
Cotter was a force offensively for the Cards as he was selected to the Landmark First Team. He was second in the league with 38 RBI and eight home runs in 2017. The Oakland, N.J., native boasted a .386 batting average and .650 slugging percentage. Cotter was also a two-time Landmark Athlete of the Week. Cotter is Catholic's first ABCA All-Region First Teamer in the Landmark Conference era.
Mierzwa, the Cardinals' ace, adds to his trophy case as he was honored as a D3baseball.com All-Region selection earlier today. He led the Landmark with eight victories and 90 strikeouts. He also ranked 11th nationally in K's per nine innings.
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. Broyles posted 31 strikeouts and walked just five in his 45 innings. Including postseason play across NCAA Division III, his ERA ranks 17th nationally, and his walks allowed per nine innings (1.00) ranks 26th. In 10 Landmark Conference appearances, he produced a sparkling 0.92 ERA in two complete games and three saves with 19 strikeouts.
At the plate, Broyles ranked second on the team with 27 RBIs on 35 hits, including six doubles, a triple and a home run. His home run went down as his first career grand slam in the opening game of the Landmark Conference Championship at Catholic. He also played phenomenal defense with just two errors in 217 chances for a .991 fielding percentage.
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. The senior made the successful conversion from starting pitcher to position player in 2017 as he started games at third base, first base and as designated hitter throughout the season.
Leone was among the conference leaders in several categories leading the league with 19 doubles and second in the conference standings with eight home runs. For Leone, it is the third All-Landmark.