DECKER AND COLON NAMED TO ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

DECKER AND COLON NAMED TO ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

VIEW ALL-REGION TEAMS: https://www.abca.org/ABCA/Awards/All-Americans/NCAA_Division_II/2019.aspx

Greensboro, N.C. (6/1/19)  The 2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II All-America teams have been released by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods. Eight of the student-athletes selected for All-America teams are playing in the NCAA Div. II College World Series this week in Cary, North Carolina.

Dominican College's Justin Decker (Rotterdam, N.Y.) has been named to the Second Team, while Joshua Colon (Bronx, N.Y.) earned Third Team honors.  This is their first ABCA/Rawling All-America honors.  They are two of three players from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) to earn the honors, as Eddie Nevins of Wilmington University was named to the Second Team.

ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team selections, which were announced on Wednesday, were nominated for All-America honors. In all divisions, the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 19, followed by the ABCA/Rawlings National Pitchers of the Year on Monday, June 24 and ABCA/Rawlings Players of the Year on Wednesday, June 26. 

The ABCA All-America team was first recognized in 1949 and now includes nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and high school. ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were first recognized in 2007. 

The Chair of the ABCA NCAA Div. II All-America & Coach of the Year Committee is Rudy Garbalosa of Lynn University. Also on the committee are Randy Betten (Cal Poly Pomona), Jamie Detillion (Grand Valley State University), Jim Gantt (Catawba College), Rick Giannetti (Dominican College), Matt Jones (Shippensburg University), Rob Penders (St. Edward's University) and Kyle Poock (Winona State University). 

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 11,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 75th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 3-6, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. 

2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II All-America Teams
All-America First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Matt Malkin Sr. MSU Denver CO
1B Andrew Czech Jr. Walsh OH
2B Daulton Martin Jr. Tusculum TN
3B Osvaldo Tovalin So. Azusa Pacific CA
SS Utah Jones Sr. North Greenville SC
INF Jared Melone Sr. West Chester PA
OF Josh Elvir Jr. Angelo State TX
OF Erik Webb Jr. Central Missouri MO
OF Trevor Kehe Jr. Colorado School of Mines CO
OF Cole Kleszcz Jr. Azusa Pacific CA
DH Connor Durden Sr. USC Aiken SC
P Joshua Loeschorn Fr. LIU Post NY
P Ethan Elliott Sr. Lincoln Memorial TN
P Dillon McCollough Sr. Eckerd FL
P Joe Corbett Sr. West Texas A&M TX
RP Chris Slavik Sr. Ashland OH
 
All-America Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Chris Gambert Jr. Bellarmine KY
1B Kyle Kaufman Sr. West Texas A&M TX
2B Justin Decker Sr. Dominican NY
3B Dakota Popham Sr. Colorado State-Pueblo CO
SS Macy Holdsworth Sr. Indianapolis IN
INF Eddie Nevins Jr. Wilmington DE
OF Mason Janvrin Jr. Central Missouri MO
OF Yorvis Torrealba Jr. Tampa FL
OF Jordan Hart Sr. Minnesota State MN
OF Ethan Baucom Jr. UNC Pembroke NC
DH Steven Ring Sr. Hillsdale MI
P Hunter Riggins So. Delta State MS
P Tucker Burgess Sr. North Greenville SC
P Hunter Brown Jr. Wayne State MI
P Ryan Johnson Sr. Lubbock Christian TX
RP Will Dixon Sr. Colorado Mesa CO
 
All-America Third Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C John Michael Faile Fr. North Greenville SC
1B Daniel Cipriano Jr. Montana State Billings MT
2B Matt Clarke Jr. Colorado-Colorado Springs CO
3B Jacob Buchberger Jr. Davenport MI
SS Joshua Colon Jr. Dominican NY
INF Caleb Sneed Sr. Southwest Baptist MO
OF EJ Cumbo Fr. NYIT NY
OF Matt Higgins So. Bellarmine KY
OF Hill Alexander Sr. Lubbock Christian TX
OF Brenton Doyle Jr. Shepherd WV
DH Jake Engel Jr. Dixie State UT
P Matt Minnick Sr. Mercyhurst PA
P Brandon Weed Jr. UC San Diego CA
P Zach Parish Jr. Missouri Southern State MO
P Andrew Dean Sr. Illinois Springfield IL
P Michael Giacone Jr. North Greenville SC
RP Jeffrey Praml So. Southern New Hampshire NH
RP Quinton Driggers Jr. Newberry SC

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