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Sides, Catchmark Lead Crusaders in All-MAC Commonwealth Selections

May 05, 2017 • by Alvernia University
Alvernia All MAC Commonwealth Baseball

Annville, Pa. (May 4, 2017) – Alvernia University took two of four regular season awards and placed ten players on the MAC Commonwealth All-Conference team, announced Thursday by the Middle Atlantic Office.

Nathan Sides receives a top award for the second year in a row, being named the 2017 Player of the Year. Fellow sophomore John Catchmark joins Sides, bringing home Pitcher of the Year.

Alongside Catchmark and Sides on the First Team are pitcher Thomas Malik, first baseman Cameron Coons and outfielder Ben Dubas. Dillon Dunne was named Second Team for third base, while Ethan Francis (catcher), Mike Cirilli (Second Base), Antonio Baglivo (Relief Pitcher) and Matt Briner (Utility) were selected as Honorable Mention.

Nathan Sides, the 2016 Rookie of the Year, is the sixth Commonwealth Player of the Year in the last seven years for the Crusaders following Coons (2016), Ben Sawyer (2015), Leon Stimpson (2013) and Chris Ray (2011, 2012). Sides continues to be a force for the Crusaders in his second year, leading the team in batting average (.455), at bats (156), runs (47), hits (71), doubles (12), triples (5), total bases (96), on base percentage (.482) and stolen bases (12). Sides currently ranks first in the conference in hits and second in batting average.

Catchmark is making his second appearance on the All-Conference team, receiving Second Team accolades as a freshman. Appearing in 10 games this season on the mound, Catchmark boasts a 1.91 ERA. With 66 innings pitched, Catchmark has allowed just 14 earned runs and recorded 88 strikeouts. In conference play, he holds a 5-2 record with a pair of shutouts.

Malik moves up to First Team after being named Honorable Mention as a freshman. Appearing in 8 games on the mound, Malik holds a 5-1 record with a 3.05 ERA. In 41 innings of work, he has collected 23 strikeouts.

Coons, the 2016 Player of the Year, earns his second 1st Team honor and third selection overall. This season, Coons leads the Crusaders in RBI (48), homeruns (5) and slugging percentage (.686). He ranks second on the team in batting average (.398), hits (47) and doubles (11).

Dubas claims his second All-Conference nod, earning Second Team last year. Batting .344 on the year, Dubas has scored a team-high 33 runs while gathering 42 hits with 9 doubles and 5 homers. Appearing and starting in 38 games, the outfielder holds a .983 fielding percentage.

Dunne is making his first appearance on the All-MAC list. A junior, Dunne hit .316 while appearing in 35 games. Dunne notched 17 RBI on the season while drawing 11 walks and swiping 3 bags.

Francis is also making his first appearance on the All-MAC Commonwealth team. The junior finished the regular season hitting just under .300 while notching 10 RBI. Behind the plate, he has committed just two errors in over 120 attempts.

Cirilli receives honorable mention in his freshman campaign. Appearing in 32 contests, Cirilli hit .326 with 29 hits and scoring 24 runs. He collected a team second-best 17 walks, leading him to a .426 on base percentage.

Baglivo, a senior, made 14 appearances on the mound in his final season. Hurling 18 innings, Baglivo picked up a trio of saves, allowing just 6 walks and striking out 15.

Briner had a strong first season for the Crusaders, hitting .396 with 44 hits. Collecting 31 starts as either the DH or first baseman, Briner ripped 23 RBI while striking out just 2 times in over 100 at bats. He also put together a .993 fielding percentage in over 140 attempts.

FIRST TEAM

   

Position

Name

School

Year

Pitcher

John Catchmark

Alvernia

Sophomore

Pitcher

Thomas Malik

Alvernia

Sophomore

Pitcher

Travis Schweizer

Hood

Junior

    

Relief Pitcher

Elliot Snyder

Widener

Senior

    

Catcher

Jordan Draude

Arcadia

Senior

    

First Base

Cameron Coons

Alvernia

Senior

Second Base

Zac Edwards

Lebanon Valley

Senior

Shortstop

Nathan Sides

Alvernia

Sophomore

Third Base

Colin Fry

Messiah

Junior

    

Outfield

Ben Dubas

Alvernia

Junior

Outfield

Cam Esposito

Hood

Junior

Outfield

Bryan Gillen

Arcadia

Sophomore

    

Designated Hitter

Nick Cardace

Arcadia

Junior

    

Utility

Jordan Patterson

Hood

Freshman

    

SECOND TEAM

   

Position

Name

School

Year

Pitcher

Jordan Nichols

Messiah

Sophomore

Pitcher

Josh Lafferty

Widener

Junior

    

Relief Pitcher

Jordan Patterson

Hood

Freshman

    

Catcher

Sam Stewart

Messiah

Sophomore

    

First Base

Kevin Kopas

Stevenson

Graduate Student

Second Base

Nick Enos

Widener

Senior

Shortstop

Justin Chasmar

Arcadia

Senior

Third Base

Dillon Dunne

Alvernia

Junior

    

Outfield

Greg McDonough

Widener

Senior

Outfield

Michael Puglisi

Lebanon Valley

Senior

Outfield

Jeff Yordy

Albright

Sophomore

    

Designated Hitter

Billy Small

Stevenson

Junior

    

Utility

Marshall Kiessling

Lebanon Valley

Junior

    

HONORABLE MENTION

   

Position

Name

School

Year

Catcher

Colin Albright

Lebanon Valley

Junior

Catcher

Ethan Fancis

Alvernia

Junior

Catcher

Glenn Seymour

Widener

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

Shortstop

Stephen Debellis

Widener

Sophomore

Third Base

John D’Aquanno

Stevenson

Junior

Third Base

Michael Elfreth

Widener

Senior

Outfield

Bob Barnett

Widener

Senior

Outfield

Matthew Kerber

Stevenson

Sophomore

Relief Pitcher

Antonio Baglivo

Alvernia

Senior

Relief Pitcher

Trevor Mastria

Albright

Senior

Utility

Matt Briner

Alvernia

Sophomore

Utility

Adam Janney

Messiah

Junior

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