YORK, Pa. – The York College baseball team had six members of the program honored as the Capital Athletic Conference announced the 2014 All-CAC Baseball Team on Wednesday.
The Spartans had four players named to the first team, which included senior outfielder Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor), senior catcher Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin), senior first baseman Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) and junior designated hitter Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown). Junior starting pitcher Dan Gurganus (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) and freshman starting pitcher Elliot Mortimer (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) were named to the second team.
In addition to the six All-CAC selections, Spartan head coach Mike Scappa was named the CAC Coach of the Year and Mortimer was crowned the CAC Rookie of the Year.
Hershey makes his second appearance on the All-CAC team, as he was a second team selection last season. The senior captain is closing out another stellar season as he is batting .360 with an on-base percentage of .427 and a .516 slugging percentage. Hershey has driven in 23 runs while leading the team with 51 runs scored. The Spartan leadoff man has compiled nine doubles, two triples and four home runs to go along with 13 stolen bases. Roaming the outfield, Hershey has accumulated a .980 fielding percentage with 97 put outs on 102 total chances.
Hershey leads the CAC with his 51 runs scored and has the sixth most stolen bases (13) and home runs (4).
Herr earns his first all-conference selection as the senior captain has put together an outstanding season, batting .383 with a .425 on-base percentage and a .562 slugging percentage. The Spartan catcher has driven in a team-leading 46 runs to go along with his 39 runs scored, 14 doubles, five home runs and 10 stolen bases. Behind the plate, Herr has been equally impressive, compiling a .985 fielding percentage with 163 put outs and 29 assists to just three errors.
Herr's 46 RBI rank second in the CAC while his five home runs count as the fourth highest total. Herr also has the seventh best slugging percentage (.562) in the conference and the seventh highest run total with 39.
Wenzel earned his way on to the All-CAC team after turning in one of the best all-around offensive performances in the conference this season. In the CAC, Wenzel ranks third with 45 RBI and a team-high 6 home runs, fourth with a team-best .423 batting average and a team-leading .647 slugging percentage, sixth in runs scored with 40 and eighth with a .469 on-base percentage. The Spartan first baseman has been sensational in the field, compiling a .997 fielding percentage with 301 putouts and six assists on 308 total chances.
Pitzer, the All-CAC first team designated hitter, has also turned in one the better offensive campaigns in the conference as he earns his first selection to the all-conference squad. Pitzer is batting .389 with an on-base percentage of .430 and a .617 slugging percentage. The junior slugger has driven in 35 runs while scoring 27, and has compiled 20 doubles, one triple and four home runs. In addition to leading the team, Pizer's 20 doubles also rank first in the CAC, while he also sits inside the top 10 in the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, RBI, hits and home runs.
Gurganus has been one of the most productive pitchers in the CAC since the start of his career. The 2012 CAC Rookie of the Year is making his third appearance on the All-CAC squad, earning second team honors in 2012 and first team honors last season. The right-handed pitcher has compiled a 6-1 record with two complete games and one shutout in 10 starts and 69 and two-thirds innings pitched this season. Gurganus has accumulated 45 strikeouts to 18 walks and a 3.23 ERA while opponents are hitting just .283 against him.
Mortimer, the CAC Rookie of the Year and All-CAC second team selection, was one of the top arms in the conference this season. The freshman right-hander ranked inside the CAC top 10 in wins (6), ERA (2.93) and strikeouts (45). Mortimer compiled a 6-2 record with one complete game in 10 starts and 67 and two-thirds innings pitched. The freshman accumulated a team-high 45 strikeouts to just 12 walks as opponents are hitting just .287 against him.
Mortimer becomes the seventh Spartan to be named CAC Rookie of the Year, joining Travis Gaidos (1999), Ashley Swope (2001), Ryan Poff (2006), Jason Christenberry (2007), Joey Couch (2010) and Dan Gurganus (2012).
Scappa becomes the second different Spartan head coach to be named CAC Coach of the Year, joining his predecessor and current York College Assistant Dean of Athletics and Recreation Paul Saikia (1992, 1996, 1999). The former Spartan catcher led York to its first regular season CAC title since 2007 with a 14-2 conference record in his third season at the helm of the YCP baseball program.
The Spartans head to Rowan on Thursday and then Alvernia on Friday before returning home on Saturday for their regular season finale against Stevenson. First pitch on Saturday is slated for 2:00 p.m.
Photos courtesy of David Sinclair and Taylor Gamber