Charlotte, NC - On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the National College Baseball Writers Association released the 2017 All Region Team. Five CIAA Baseball Players have been named to the NCBWA All Atlantic Region Team. Senior catcher David Markins, and junior outfielder Jahleel Sewer of Virginia State University have both earned All Atlantic Region 2nd team. Winston-Salem State University senior pitcher Seth Reeves was named to the 1st team, and Rams senior second baseman Ivan Acuna, and sophomore outfielder Randy Norris both earned spots on the All Atlantic Region 2nd team.
Markins capped off his senior year with the Trojans in an impressive fashion. A four-year starter for the Trojans, David was named to the 1st All Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) team for his performance this season. David also ranked in the top five of every offensive category in the CIAA. He ranked 2nd in average, 2nd in RBIs, 3rd in home runs, 5th in hits with 65 and 2nd in doubles with 16. He finished the year batting .385, had nine home runs, 52 RBIs, and scored 37 runs.
CIAA Baseball Player of the Year, Ivan Acuna, a senior infielder from Caracas, Venezuela, hit .378 for WSSU, and led the team in home runs (10), rbi's (49) and doubles (17). Acuna finished the regular season fourth in batting average and tied for first in rbi's. Named to the All-CIAA Team First team, Acuna appeared in 52 games overall for the season, and helped contribute to the Rams 35-17 overall record.
In his second season competing with the Rams, Randy Norris hit .383, which was good for third in the CIAA. Norris led the CIAA and finished third in the NCAA in stolen bases with 10. Norris also finished 2nd in triple, and third in doubles and home runs. This is Norris' 2nd time making All-CIAA and he was a second team member as a freshman.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. The All Atlantic Region 1st and 2nd Teams are made up of players from the CIAA, Mountain East, and PSAC Conferences. Below are the players selected for the All Atlantic Region Teams.
NCBWA Division II Atlantic Region
Player of the Year - Chis Gonzalez, Mercyhurst
Pitcher of the Year - Russell Lamovec, Mercyhurst
Coach of the Year - Joe Spano, Mercyhurst
SP - Russell Lamovec, Mercyhust
SP - Ryan Pansch, Shepherd
SP - Seth Reeves, Winston-Salem State
RP - Josh McClain, West Chester
C - Tyler Walters, Slippery Rock
1B - Jake Kennedy, Shippensburg
2B - Chris Gonzalez, Mercyhurst
3B - Levi Krause, California (Pa.)
SS - Cameron Balego, Mercyhurst
OF - Jimmy Latona, Mercyhurst
OF - Chas McCormick, Millersville
OF - J.J. Sarty, Shepherd
DH - Shane Dressler, West Chester
UTIL - Ian Allen, East Stroudsburg
SP - Mike Cipolla, West Chester
SP - Tyler Eckman, East Stroudsburg
SP - Eli Nabholz, Millersville
SP - Chris Vallimont, Mercyhurst
RP - Chris Metrick, WV Wesleyan
C – David Markins, Virginia State
1B - David Marcus, California (Pa.)
2B (tie) - Ivan Acuna, Winston-Salem State
2B (tie) - Tyler Benson, Bloomsburg
3B - Tom McCarthy, Seton Hill
SS - Chad Frazier, Concord
OF - Austin Norman, Fairmont State
OF - Randy Norris, Winston-Salem State
OF – Jahleel Sewer, Virginia State
DH - Johnny Kesling, Fairmont State
UTIL - Drew Delsignore, Mercyhurst
* 4 2nd-team selections at SP due to tie
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