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Seven Bethany, KWU Players Make All-KCAC

KCAC ReleaseMay 1, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2019 All-KCAC baseball awards. Student-athletes were selected for all awards by vote of the KCAC head baseball coaches.

The Eagles of Oklahoma Wesleyan University earned the KCAC Regular Season title for the third-straight year, finishing the conference season at 28-5 and 37-9 overall. Head coach Kirk Kelley was selected by his peers as KCAC Coach of the Year.

Oklahoma Wesleyan’s Austin Sojka earns the KCAC Player of the Year award following a senior campaign where he hit 0.477 with 82 hits, 71 runs, 47 RBI’s, 17 doubles, and 14 homeruns. Matt Lindsley of York College (2.91 ERA) was named Pitcher of the Year, and Ottawa’s Jeremiah Arellano was named Freshman of the Year. All awards are voted on by KCAC baseball coaches.

All student-athletes will be honored during the 2019 KCAC Baseball Tournament on Thursday, May 2 at the Great Bend Sports Complex in Great Bend, Kan., immediately following game two.

The following athletes were selected by conference coaches as All-KCAC First Team, All-KCAC Second Team, KCAC Honorable Mention, and KCAC Baseball Gold Glove Team.


First Team    
Matt Nunes (U)York CollegeJr.CFowler, Calif.
Trevor JohnsonMcPherson CollegeSo.CSan Diego, Calif.
Cameron PopeTabor CollegeSr.1BLawrence, Kan.
Christian StoneTabor CollegeJr.2BMooresville, N.C.
John LantiguaOklahoma Wesleyan UniversitySr.3BQuebec City, Quebec, Canada
Austin Sojka (U)Oklahoma Wesleyan UniversitySr.SSHuntington Beach, Calif.
Tyler HorchemBethany CollegeSr.UTLLincoln, Ill.
Drenis Ozuna (U)Oklahoma Wesleyan UniversityJr.OFOrlando, Fla.
Freddy WalkerTabor CollegeSr.OFSan Diego, Calif.
Lawyer BraunYork CollegeSr.OFFederal Way, Wash.
Daunte FreemanUniversity of Saint MaryJr.OFSacramento, Calif.
Troy Puga (U)Friends UniversityJr.DHPueblo, Colo.
Tyson Cronin (U)Oklahoma Wesleyan UniversitySr.PitcherMaple Valley, Wash.
Michael AndersonOklahoma Wesleyan UniversityJr.PitcherRoff, Okla.
Edwar Melendez (U)Bethany CollegeSr.PitcherBarquisimeto, Venezuela
Matt Lindsley (U)York CollegeSr.PitcherBakersfield, Calif.
Jarrod ManickMcPherson CollegeJr.Relief PitcherAldergrove, B.C., Canada
Second Team    
Rylee PetersonOklahoma Wesleyan UniversitySr.CSidney, Mont.
Yodai NakamuraKansas Wesleyan UniversitySr.CLas Vegas, Nev.
Lane FlemingMcPherson CollegeSr.1BCouncil Grove, Kan.
Jakob ShieldsMcPherson CollegeJr.2BDeSoto, Kan.
Luis DuranBethany CollegeSr.3BSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic
Markus MontelongoSterling CollegeSr.SSPhoenix, Ariz.
Joe RankinSouthwestern CollegeSr.UTLPhoenix, Ariz.
Colton KellyOklahoma Wesleyan UniversitySr.OFWenatchee, Wash.
Ben GilandSterling CollegeSr.OFEugene, Ore.
Brevin BaesslerMcPherson CollegeSr.OFGilbert, Ariz.
Jeremiah ArellanoOttawa UniversityFr.OFPueblo, Colo.
Danny PerezOklahoma Wesleyan UniversityJr.DHQueens, N.Y.
Mason SchimmelSterling CollegeSo.PitcherClatskanie, Ore.
Ryan SandiferOklahoma Wesleyan UniversitySr.PitcherSnohomish, Wash.
Darrick WattsTabor CollegeJr.PitcherArvada, Colo.
Nathan ArrudaTabor CollegeSr.PitcherToronto, Ontario, Canada
Hayden WheelerTabor CollegeSr.Relief PitcherTopeka, Kan.
Honorable Mention    
Dominic VisentinTabor CollegeSr.COakley, Calif.
Jake NorthrupSterling CollegeSr.CTucson, Ariz.
Joe RankinSouthwestern CollegeSr.1BPhoenix, Ariz.
Dalton WhitakerKansas Wesleyan UniversityJr.1BEdmond, Okla.
Carlos RiveraSterling CollegeJr.2BToa Baja, Puerto Rico
Tyler GivensSouthwestern CollegeSr.3BStanwood, Wash.
Armando FloresSterling CollegeJr.3BMerced, Calif.
Ethan LanzYork CollegeSo.3BLittleton, Colo.
Mark StrebinMcPherson CollegeSr.SSWestville, Ill.
Ethan FoxAvila UniversityJr.OFCampbell River, B.C.
Emilio NavarroFriends UniversitySr.OFPorterville, Calif.
Ben Van DiestTabor CollegeJr.OFEudora, Kan.
Bailey WatrosKansas Wesleyan UniversitySr.OFSandwich, Ill.
James DuvallBethany CollegeSr.OFCoppell, Texas
Jackson GoodmillerMcPherson CollegeSr.UTLSt. George, Kan.
Luke JacksonYork CollegeSr.DHEscondido, Calif.
Elliot AntonettyOttawa UniversityJr.DHGurabo, Puerto Rico
Josh LewisMcPherson CollegeSo.PitcherLoveland, Colo.
Austin EgglestonFriends UniversityJr.PitcherArlington, Texas
Jake OlofsonKansas Wesleyan UniversityJr.PitcherLivermore, Calif.
Landon WilliamsOklahoma Wesleyan UniversitySr.Relief PitcherClovis, N.M.
Spencer JonesYork CollegeSr.Relief PitcherThree Rivers, Calif.
Stephen NorrellOttawa UniversitySo.Relief PitcherKeller, Texas
Gold Glove    
Rylee PetersonOklahoma Wesleyan UniversitySr.CSidney, Mont.
Lane FlemingMcPherson CollegeSr.1BCouncil Grove, kan.
Joan MartinezAvila UniversitySr.2BSanta Isabel, Puerto Rico
Ethan LanzYork CollegeSo.3BLittleton, Colo.
Markus MontelongoSterling CollegeSr.SSPhoenix, Ariz.
Freddy WalkerTabor CollegeSr.RFSan Diego, Calif.
Emilio NavarroFriends UniversitySr.CFPorterville, Calif.
Wesley GallowaySterling CollegeJr.LFFairfield, Calif.
Mason SchimmelSterling CollegeSo.PitcherClatskanie, Ore.

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