The Shawnee State baseball, softball, and track and field programs were represented in fine fashion on the Mid-South Conference lists as a total of six athletes, including four from the softball side, were named All-MSC athletes. Additionally, Derek Moore earned the MSC’s Champions of Character Award while Brandon Reaman won a Gold Glove Award on the baseball side of the coin last month.
In golf, Dagan Abdon was named to the Mid-South Conference’s Second Team All-Conference squad.
Abdon, a sophomore from Greenup County, Kentucky, finished tie for 16th at the Mid-South Conference tournament this week. Abdon shot +13 at the tournament. The sophomore led Shawnee State to victory in the Roger Merb Invitational this spring, being named medalist in the tournament for his season-best score of one under par.
The award is the first for Abdon in his career. Abdon transferred to Shawnee Sate from Western Kentucky University for this season.
“We are very proud of Dagan for making Second Team All-Mid-South Conference,” said Shawnee State head golf coach Dave Hopkins. “[Dagan] is a very hard-working and dedicated young man. We are looking forward to even bigger and better things from him for the next two years.”
Moore was named the Mid-South Conference Champions of Character award winner on Thursday morning, while Tyler Straley (JR/Uniontown, Ohio) was named as a Second Team All-Mid-South Conference recipient and Brandon Reaman (SR/Dayton, Ohio) won a Mid-South Conference Gold Glove.
Moore, a senior pitcher from Wheelersburg, Ohio, won his second consecutive MSC Champions of Character award for his work in the community and his performance both on and off the field.
Moore is also the first repeat winner in both Shawnee State and Mid-South Conference history. The Champions of Character award has been given out every year since 2010. Moore is the third player to have won the award, having joined Cory Pallutch in 2011 and Aaron Suydam in 2013 last year.
Straley, a junior from Uniontown, Ohio, finished his first year at Shawnee State after transferring from Lakeland Community College. He finished his junior campaign with a 3-3 record in 53.1 innings pitched while collecting a 3.54 ERA and 34 strikeouts on the year.Reaman, a senior from Dayton, Ohio, has not committed an error this season in 109
Reaman, a senior from Dayton, Ohio, did not commit an error this season in 109 chances and collected three outfield assists. Reaman was one of only four players in the Mid-South Conference to have not committed an error this season.
Last, but most certainly not least, the Shawnee State softball program’s four honorees stood tall in a season that marked significant improvement for the program, as Marisa Brown (SO/Liberty Township, Ohio) and Ashtyn Saunders (FR/Lancaster, Ohio) were named First Team All-Mid-South Conference at the MSC Softball Banquet on Thursday night, with Kayla Koch (JR/Lucasville, Ohio) and Brooke Blevins (FR/Frankfort, Ohio) being named to the second team.
Brown is a sophomore from Liberty Township, Ohio and took home first team honors at the designated player slot. At the time of her selection, Brown hit .362 on the year with four homers, 10 doubles, and 49 RBIs. Brown was also slugging .536 and held an on-base percentage of .418.
Saunders, meanwhile, was named a First Team All-MSC infielder. The freshman from Lancaster, Ohio led off for Shawnee State all season and hit .454 with a .500 on-base percentage and 46 runs scored at the time of her selection. Saunders led the Bears with 69 hits and stole 19 bases, also a team high. Saunders was second in the league in batting average, hits and runs scored, was third in stolen bases, and fourth in on-base percentage at the time of selection.
Koch was named as a Second Team All-MSC infielder. The junior from Lucasville, Ohio transferred to Shawnee State from Bowling Green prior to this season and gave the Bears needed pop in the lineup. Koch batted .343 on the year with a team-high seven home runs, 11 doubles, 47 total hits, a slugging percentage of .577 and on-base percentage of .399 at the time of her selection. Koch sat sixth in the league in slugging percentage and ninth in both doubles and home runs.
Brooke Blevins was named one of the three Second Team All-MSC pitchers. The freshman from Frankfort, Ohio went 12-11 on the season and collected 143 and a third innings of work. Blevins held a 3.32 ERA, struck out 80 batters, and had three shutouts on the season at the time of her selection. Blevins was second in the league in innings pitched, fourth in strikeouts, and ninth in ERA.
In addition to the four All-Conference performers, Shawnee State had one player added to their All-Academic selections. Victoria Bevington (FR/London, Ohio) met the qualifications for earning the award, having enough credits to be a sophomore academically at Shawnee State and maintaining a 3.25 GPA or higher.
“I am very proud of all of our award winners for this season,” said SSU head coach Steve Whittaker. “The fact that we have multiple All-Conference award winners shows how much we have improved this season, and our youth should continue to improve as we look to continue to compete in the Mid-South Conference.”
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