Four Tigers Named All-ODAC
FOREST, VA-Hampden-Sydney placed four players on All-Conference teams, announced earlier today by the ODAC. Senior catcher Zach Harrelson (Danville, VA/George Washington) and freshman third baseman Hunter Lewis (Newport News, VA/Menchville) earned First Team honors. Sophomore second baseman Beau Flinchum (Ashland, VA/Hanover)was named to the Second Team, and senior reliever Kyle Grantier (Danville, VA/George Washington) earned Honorable Mention accolades.
Harrelson, a four year starter for the Tigers, had an outstanding season batting .354 with a team-high 51 hits in 144 at bats. He is the only player this season to have played in all 39 games while starting in 37 of them. The senior broke Hampden-Sydney's career hits record of 161 this season and currently holds the record with 168 total knocks. This year, he has batted in 26 runs while scoring 21 of his own. He is second on the team with 10 doubles, fourth with one triple, and his 63 total bases are a team-high. Harrelson has also stolen four bases in five attempts.
Lewis becomes the second freshman under head coach Jeff Kinne to be named First Team All-ODAC. The Newport News native saw action in 35 games, making 32 starts. In 111 at bats, Lewis has recorded 31 hits - fifth best on the team - for a .279 average. He has scored 12 runs while batting in 15 more. He has also added two doubles. Lewis has shown a solid glove, and is a key defensive asset for Kinne's team.
Flinchum, who has started in 29 of his 34 appearances, earns Second Team honors after batting .347 in 98 at bats. The sophomore has 34 hits - seven of which are for extra bases with six double and one triple. He has scored 11 runs and batted in 19, which is fourth best on the squad. With a .429 slugging percentage and .402 on-base percentage, Flinchum has proven to be a consistent hitter.
Grantier has been one of the work horses of the Tiger bullpen, appearing in 16 games while pitching in 45.1 innings, which is the third highest on the roster. He has been incredibly dependable, amassing a 3-1 record to go with a 3.38 ERA. Very efficient, Grantier has struck out 35 batters - second on the team - to walking just six. Opponents are batting .279 against him, and he has given up 17 earned runs.
Guilford's Kyle Wooden was named the Player of the Year, and Washington & Lee's Greg Laswell was named the Pitcher of the Year. Bridgewater's Curt Kendall earned Coach of the Year accolades while Lynchburg's James Womack took home Rookie of the Year honors. Virginia Wesleyan's Pike Brynildsen was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete.
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