ANNVILLE, Pa. - Hood College's Jordan Patterson was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Rookie of the Year and was named to both the first and second teams to lead a group of five Blazers on the All-MAC Commonwealth team.
Patterson, who becomes the second rookie of the year in school history, was named to the first team as a utility player and to the second team as a relief pitcher.
Joining him on the first team were pitcher Travis Schweizer and outfielder Cam Esposito. First baseman Dylan Johnson and second baseman Nathan Kessler were selected as honorable mentions. It marks the second career all-conference accolades for both Schweizer and Esposito.
Patterson tied for fifth in the MAC Commonwealth in hits with 50 and tied for sixth with 34 RBIs. He played in all 40 games and scored 25 runs to go along with 10 doubles, one triple and six stolen bases. Patterson batted .368 and walked 17 times against just 16 strikeouts. He had 15 multi-hit games, including four-hit efforts against conference foes Messiah and Stevenson. On the mound, he tied for second in the conference with a school-record six saves. He pitched 9.1 innings in nine appearances, striking out eight. All six of his saves came against MAC Commonwealth opposition: Lebanon Valley, Stevenson, Messiah, Albright (two) and Widener.
Schweizer tied for the conference lead in wins with an 8-1 record a MAC Commonwealth-high six against conference opponents. Over 49.1 innings, he posted a 3.28 earned run average in 11 appearances, making seven starts. He struck out 31 batters and walked only 10. He had a complete game win over Arcadia on April 1 and pitched at least six innings in his final five starts. His eight victories were a record for a Blazer.
The speedy Esposito is tied for 10th in Division III with six triples. He led the league in three-base hits and rated second in runs (42), third in hits (55), second in at bats (149) and seventh in stolen bases (14). He hit .369 and was one of toughest hitters in the MAC Commonwealth to strike out, going down on strikes just seven times. Esposito drove in 17 runs and added 10 doubles to his season. He hit in 15 straight games from April 8 through April 29. The junior tallied 18 multi-hit games, including a 4 for 4 day against Lancaster Bible and three three-hit games.
Johnson was a fixture in the middle of Hood's lineup, playing in all 40 games and batting .373. He walked 20 times and drove in 24 runs. Among his 41 hits were six doubles. Johnson tallied 13 multi-hit games, including three-hit efforts against Gallaudet and Eastern Mennonite. He had a pair of three-walk games, drawing three free passes against Franklin & Marshall and Lancaster Bible. A two-way player, Johnson went 3-0 in five starts, striking out 20 and walking only two.
Kessler batted .362 for the year but hit a torrid .442 against MAC Commonwealth teams. He stole 17 bases on the year to tie for third in the conference. He added 19 runs scored, 34 hits, six doubles, one triple and 14 RBIs to his stat line. The sophomore struck out only eight times in 94 at bats. He had eight multi-hit games, including five in the season's final eight contests. Kessler had a career-high four hits against Stevenson.
Below is the 2017 All-MAC Commonwealth Baseball Team.
|2017 All-MAC Commonwealth Baseball Team|
|Player of the Year: Nathan Sides (So.), Alvernia|
|Pitcher of the Year: John Catchmark (So.), Alvernia|
|Rookie of the Year: Jordan Patterson (Fr.), Hood|
|Coach of the Year: Bryan Torresani, Arcadia|
|Relief Pitcher||Elliot Snyder||Widener||Senior|
|First Base||Cameron Coons||Alvernia||Senior|
|Second Base||Zac Edwards||Lebanon Valley||Senior|
|Third Base||Colin Fry||Messiah||Junior|
|Designated Hitter||Nick Cardace||Arcadia||Junior|
|Relief Pitcher||Jordan Patterson||Hood||Freshman|
|First Base||Kevin Kopas||Stevenson||Graduate Student|
|Second Base||Nick Enos||Widener||Senior|
|Third Base||Dillon Dunne||Alvernia||Junior|
|Outfield||Michael Puglisi||Lebanon Valley||Senior|
|Designated Hitter||Billy Small||Stevenson||Junior|
|Utility||Marshall Kiessling||Lebanon Valley||Junior|
|Catcher||Colin Albright||Lebanon Valley||Junior|
|Designated Hitter||Philip Berry||Lebanon Valley||Senior|
|Designated Hitter||Kyle Schoen||Messiah||Junior|
|First Base||Dylan Johnson||Hood||Junior|
|Second Base||Mike Cirilli||Alvernia||Freshman|
|Second Base||Nathan Kessler||Hood||Sophomore|
|Third Base||John D'Aquanno||Stevenson||Junior|
|Third Base||Michael Elfreth||Widener||Senior|
|Relief Pitcher||Antonio Baglivo||Alvernia||Senior|
|Relief Pitcher||Trevor Mastria||Albright||Senior|