April 26, 2012

King Places Three on All-Conference Team


BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College had three members of the baseball team represented on the 2012 Conference Carolinas All-Conference Team. The league announced its postseason awards Thursday night, prior to the start of its scheduled 7 p.m. game. Tyler Gaby, Cory Rhodes, and Stephen Mullins were all named to the All-Conference Second Team.

Cory Rhodes, a sophomore from Kissimmee, Fla., served as the Tornado's No. 2 starter and finished the regular season 8-2 in 12 starts and possessed a 3.11 earned run average on the season. He struck out a career-high 10 batters twice during the year, both in conference play. He threw six complete games and struck out a total of 69 batters while walking only 26 over 84.1 innings of work. He was named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week on April 3.

Tyler Gaby, a sophomore from Bluff City, Tenn., has batted north of .350 through all but two games all season for King. He has primarily manned left field and has been a consistent at the top of the lineup for the Tornado. From March 31 on, he watched an already-impressive batting average rise 36 points before the conclusion of the regular season. He finished hitting a team-best .377 while also leading the team in triples (8) and extra-base hits (19).

Stephen Mullins impressed many with his play in his first season with the Tornado. The freshman from Bluff City, Tenn., came on and won the starting third base job by mid-March, solidifying his position with a 4-for-4 day against St. Andrews where he hit two doubles and scored twice. From that point, he has had seven multi-hit games and made only one error in the field since playing full time. Mullins had a nine-game hit streak from March 24 that was capped off by a three-hit day against Carson-Newman on April 10 with his third game with two doubles. He finished the year hitting .358 with seven stolen bases, two home runs, and 12 RBI over 24 starts and 26 games played.

The Tornado will continue their run in the Conference Carolinas Baseball Tournament on Friday evening with a 7 p.m. rematch with the North Greenville Crusaders at Fleming Stadium at Wilson Tobs Field. King swept North Greenville earlier this year. The Crusaders defeated Belmont Abbey 

Thursday afternoon, 9-3, to advance. King (No. 4) will serve as the home team against NGU (No. 5) in Friday's game.A complete list of the Conference Carolinas postseason award winners is below.

 

Freshman of the Year:

Allen Staton – North Greenville

 

Coach of the Year:

Carl Lancaster – Mount Olive College

 

Pitcher of the Year:

Matt Dillon – Mount Olive College

 

All-Conference First Team:

Jacob Rogers, Mount Olive – 1B

Allen Staton, North Greenville – 2B

Michael Hughey, Limestone – SS
Jermaine Berry, Mount Olive – 3B

Geno Escalante, Mount Olive – C

Nick Gaeta, Mount Olive – DH

Derek Fulmer, North Greenville – OF

Antonio Callaway, Mount Olive – OF

Justin Vasquez, Belmont Abbey – OF

Braden Reitano, Mount Olive – OF

Emilio Pagan, Belmont Abbey – Relief Pitcher

Matt Dillon, Mount Olive – P

Bryan Tuttle, Pfeiffer – P

Drew Provence, North Greenville – P

Zach Smith, Mount Olive – P

Mike Mercurio, Mount Olive – Utility

Player of the Year:

Jacob Rogers – Mount Olive

 

Eastern Division Regular Season Champions

Mount Olive College

 

Western Division Regular Season Champions

Belmont Abbey College


All-Conference Second Team:

Drew Willingham, Erskine – 1B

Cameron Sherrer, Mount Olive – 2B

Collins Cuthrell, Barton – SS

Stephen Mullins, King – 3B  

Josh Lyon, Limestone – C

Justin Harris, Pfeiffer – DH

Will Huff, Erskine - DH

Tyler Gaby, King – OF  

Chase Corn, Erskine – OF

Will Bynum, Mount Olive – OF

Markus Duckworth, North Greenville – OF

Craig Bolton, Pfeiffer – Relief Pitcher

Ryan Woodring, North Greenville – P

Josh White, Limestone – P

Cory Rhodes, King – P 

Jake Moser, Mount Olive – P

Phillip Williams, Barton – Utility