King leads Mid-East with four on All-Region team

Freeman (Lakeland, Fla.) was one of the two catchers on the team. He posted a .290 batting average in 37 games on the season. He scored 19 runs with nine RBIs. Behind the plate he had a .987 fielding percentage thanks to just two errors. Freeman also swiped four bases.

Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.) was selected as the region's first baseman. He finished with a .304 batting average and a .419 slugging percentage. Mueller scored 24 runs and had 19 RBIs. He ranked third on the team with nine doubles and added a triple with two home runs. Mueller had a .392 on-base percentage with 11 walks and was hit by a pitch 11 times.

Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) was one of the team's four outfielders thanks to his team-high .351 batting average. From his right field position he had three assists without an error in 74 chances. Walker belted three home runs with just as many triples and six doubles for a .541 slugging percentage. He used 15 walks to help build a .442 on-base percentage, the highest among Tornado players.

Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.) ranked second on the team with a .338 batting average which helped him to a spot on the region team as the designated hitter. He had 23 runs scored and drove in 21 more. Gaby stole 17 bases and walked 15 times.

In addition King had eight players earn honorable mention Mid-East All-Region honors, Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.), Danny Laperna (Lake Worth, Fla.), Alex Martin (Kingston, Tenn.), Nick Melcher (Orlando, Fla.), Dustin Pannell (Aiken, S.C.), Cory Rhodes (Kissimmee, Fla.), C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.).

King had four players on the team which was the most of any school in the region. Bluefield (Va.) College, Covenant (Ga.) College and Asbury (Ky.) University had three players apiece. Mid-Continent (Ky.) University and Oakland City (Ind.) University were represented by two players.

The Mid-East Region Player of the Year nod went to Covenant's Taylor Oldham, the short stop on the All-Region list. Oldham had a .390 batting average with 14 home runs and a .801 slugging percentage in 2011. He drove in 39 runs and scored 48 times.

King won the Mid-East Region Tournament on Friday thanks to a 6-2 win over Covenant to earn a second-straight trip to the NCCAA Division I World Series that starts Wednesday in Mason, Ohio.

2011 NCCAA Mid-East All-Region Baseball Team
Doug Freeman (King)
C – Cameron Hynes (Bluefield)
1BSteven Mueller (King)
2B – Trevor Buford (Mid-Continent)
SS – Taylor Oldham (Covenant)
3B – Eric Barnes (Oakland City)
UTL – Greg Bowling (Asbury)
OF – Harry Turney (Oakland City)
OFBryant Walker (King)
OF – Danny Olszowy (Asbury)
OF – Kyle Cabral (Bluefield)
DHTyler Gaby (King)
SP – Tomas Rodriguez (Mid-Continent)
SP – Gardner Adams (Asbury)
SP – Tyler Smith (Covenant)
SP – David Gibson (Bluefield)
RP – Demarius Johnson (Covenant)
Player of the Year – Taylor Oldham (Covenant)

Honorable Mention All-Region

Asbury - Jon Wes Adams, Jordan Baker, Greg Bowling, Matt Ciolek, Mark Deetsch, Casey Messner
Covenant - James Rollins, Andre Glover
King - Garrett Cook, Danny Laperna, Alex Martin, Nick Melcher, Dustin Pannell, Cory Rhodes, C.J. Stabler, Shane Timberlake
Oakland City - Michael Cardinale, Jonas Cueche, Josh Fredrico, Logan Mohr, Chris Stallion
Mid-Continent - Hunter Burge, Nathan Lawrence, Kalip Merrill