Courtesy of Catholic, Elizabethtown, and Scranton Atheltic Communications
TOWSON, Md. - Three Landmark baseball players were named to the D3baseball.com All-Region teams.
Catholic University senior pitcher Jon Mierzwa was honored with a selection to the D3baseball.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team.
This is the third year Mierzwa has earned All-Region accolades, making the Second Team last year and Third Team after his sophomore season. The right hander from Laurel, Md. becomes the first Catholic baseball player to be a four-time all-conference and three-time all-region selection in program history.
Mierzwa earns First Team honors after being the Landmark's most dominant pitcher this spring. In the final start of his career, he became the all-time leader in Landmark Conference history with 286 career strikeouts. He made his mark on Catholic baseball's history as well as he is the first Cardinal to be awarded Landmark Pitcher of the Year.
Mierzwa led the conference in a few major pitching categories, tying for the lead in wins (7), leading all pitchers in strikeouts (72), and boasting the best earned run average for starters (2.02). Boasting a 7-0 record in starts, Mierzwa struck out 72 batters in 66.2 innings and added two complete games. In conference games, the senior went 4-0 with 39 strikeouts.
The awards keep rolling in for sophomore outfielder Connor Harding of The University of Scranton baseball team, who enjoyed a stellar season for the Royals this spring. He received his latest honor on Thursday by being named to the D3baseball.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team.
Harding becomes just the third player in program history to earn D3baseball.com All-Region accolades, joining Tommy Trotter (2018) and Michael Amaturo (2013), both of whom were Third Team honorees. Thursday's All-Region selection was the most reason honor that Harding has received this spring following a record-breaking campaign. He has previously been named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year, was a First Team All-Landmark Conference honoree, and was also selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team for excellence on the diamond and in the classroom.
A starter in all 39 games for the Royals in centerfield this spring, Harding batted .464 for the season with 70 hits including eight doubles, nine triples, and three home runs. He smashed program records for both hits and triples in a season while posting the third highest batting average in a season by a Scranton player. Harding also posted an impressive .517 on-base percentage for the year along with a .695 slugging percentage. He scored 46 runs, the sixth-most in program history, while racking up 34 RBI, the 13th-best mark in Royals' history, while walking 20 times. On the base paths, he went 14-for-17 on stolen base attempts to tie for the 12th most stolen bases by a Scranton player.
The Landmark Conference leader in batting average, on-base percentage, hits, and triples, Harding also finished second in the conference in slugging percentage and stolen bases, was fifth in RBIs, and tied for sixth in home runs.
Elizabethtown's Derek Manning earned a spot on the Third Team Outfield to give the Elizabethtown College baseball team representation for the fifth consecutive season.
Manning garnered All-Landmark First Team honors for the second consecutive season after another year as one of the top players in the conference. He was among the league leaders in average, hits, doubles, and on base percentage while leading the Landmark in home runs and slugging percentage.
Manning tied for the team lead with 14 multi-hit games during the season, including five three-hit efforts and ended the season on a 16-game hit streak. He led E-town in multi-RBI games with eight, including a team-best four games of three runs batted in. Manning paced the Jays in batting average, slugging, runs, hits, doubles, homers, and total bases.