Six Bluejays earn All-KCAC honors

Six members of the KCAC regular-season champion Tabor College baseball team have received recognition from conference coaches.

Senior outfielder Manny DeLeon was a unanimous first-team selection and was named KCAC Player of the Year.

Through the conference tournament, DeLeon was leading the KCAC in batting average (.455 over 57 games) and Runs Batted In (103) and was Tabor’s leader in stolen bases (25).

He ranked first nationally in seven categories: RBIs per game (1.81), total bases per game (3.42), hits (a KCAC-best 96), home runs (24), total bases (195), RBIs (103) and slugging percentage (.924). He ranked among the top 10 in six additional categories.

Senior shortstop Michael Baca was also named to the first team. Baca batted .391 over 58 games this season. He recorded 93 hits, second only to DeLeon in the KCAC, including nine home runs. He drove in 54 runs. He ranked first nationally in at-bats (238), second in runs scored (80), and third in at-bats per game (4.1), runs scored per game (1.38) and total hits (93).

Three Bluejays received second-team honors.

Junior catcher Raulier Martinez batted .335 over 54 games this season. He recorded 57 hits, including six home runs, and had 46 RBIs.

Junior outfielder AJ Shaw batted .385 over 51 games. He had 74 hits, including six home runs, and had 26 RBIs. He ranked 10th nationally in runs scored per game (1.29), 15th in runs scored (66) and 30th in triples (five). Shaw was also named to the Gold Glove Team.

Senior pitcher Thomas Longworth led the Bluejays in ERA with a 4.76 over 85 innings of work. He was 10-4 through the KCAC tournament and ranked 12th nationally in wins, 30th in walks allowed per game (1.27), 40th in total walks allowed (12) and 50th in innings pitched.

Senior first baseman Alex Couch received honorable mention. He batted .357 over 58 games and had 80 hits, including three home runs. He drove in 51 runs. Couch ranked eighth nationally in runs scored (73) and ninth in doubles (22) and at-bats (224).

Tabor won the KCAC regular-season title for the fifth-consecutive year with a record of 28-8.

The Bluejays made an early exit from the KCAC tournament, going 1-2, but have earned a berth in the NAIA Opening Round tournament Tabor will host in Hutchinson May 17-20. Tabor is 42-16 overall.

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