The 2017 D3baseball.com and ABCA/Rawlings region awards were announced and the SCIAC picked up two of the major awards from both organizations as Tanner Niskioka from Pomona-Pitzer was named the Player of the Year and Felix Minjarez from Redlands picked up Pitcher of the Year honors.
Nishioka led the nation in homeruns with 18 and slugging percentage at .888. Nishioka hit .441 this season for the Sagehens to go along with 48 runs scored, 67 hits, 53 RBI and a .542 on base percentage.
Minjarez led all of NCAA Division III baseball with 12 wins and ranks third with 105 strikeouts on the season. Against SCIAC foes, Minjarez topped the SCIAC in innings pitched (59.0), strikeouts (69), strikeouts per nine innings (10.53), while also recording the lowest ERA of any player to start against all eight opponents with a 1.98. He also allowed fewer hits than innings pitched and surrendered just a single home run over seven quality starts that included three without an earned run against him.
Joining Nishioka and Minjarez on first team were Tyler Cook from Chapman and Jakob Thomas from La Verne.
Cook hit .431 overall with a team-best eight homers. He scored 42 runs and drove in 39 RBIs. In SCIAC games, Cook hit .408, ranking fourth in the conference. He drove in at least one run in each of his last seven games to lead the Panthers into and through the SCIAC Tournament. He finished fifth with 19 homers, third with a career .379 batting average and second all-time with 54 doubles.
Thomas hit .370 while hitting 10 home runs and driving in 40 runs. He also posted an incredible .542 on-base percentage and scored a SCIAC-leading 50 runs.
Rainier Aguliar from Redlands was named to second team for D3baseball.com and ABCA/Rawlings while Marshall Pautsch was named to second team for ABCA/Rawlings and third team for D3baseball.com. Christopher Peres from La Verne was named to second team for D3baseball and third team for ABCA/Rawlings.
Aguilar was second in the SCIAC with an impressive .430 batting average and ranks fourth with 24 RBI. Behind the dish, Aguilar holds a perfect fielding percentage as a reliable backstop for the Bulldogs.
A senior righty, Pautsch led the Kingsmen staff with 52.1 innings of action, three complete games, a 4-0 record and 50 strikeouts in eight appearances, all starts. He finished with a 3.27 ERA in his last SCIAC season.
Peres hit .336/.377/.386 while driving in 35 runs. He posted a 6-2 record while posting an outstanding 3.06 ERA. He also struck out 9.72 batter per nine innings
Gavin Blodgett and Jared Love from Chapman, Max Weinstein, Gabe Gunter from Cal Lutheran and Aaron Singh from Redlands earned third team honors from D3baseball. Love was second team for ABCA/Rawlings. Trey Saito, Gunter, Nate Wehner and Miguel Salud from Cal Lutheran earned third team from ABCA/Rawlings as did Blodgett and Singh. Bryce Rogan from Pomona-Pitzer also earned third team honors from ABCA/Rawlings.
Love led the SCIAC with 28 RBIs in SCIAC games as well as drawing a conference-high 22 walks. He ranked second with a .732 slugging percentage and second, by one-tenth of a percent, with a .541 on-base percentage. He hit .415 in SCIAC games to rank third in the conference Overall, Love was second on the team and fourth in the SCIAC with a batting average of .385.
Blodgett led the Panthers and ranked third in the SCIAC with 46 runs this season. He hit 16 doubles, ranking second on the Chapman squad and third in the SCIAC. His 11 doubles in SCIAC games was tied for the best in the conference while his 23 RBIs in SCIAC games ranked sixth.
Weinstein had a breakout season for the Kingsmen as he led the team in batting average (.370), slugging percentage (.510), at-bats (100), hits (37), homeruns (2) and RBIs (20) while sharing the lead for runs (18). Weinstein walked seven times and stole one base. Defensively, he had a hand in 16 double plays, finishing with 34 putouts and 57 assists as the starting second baseman.
Roaming right field, Gunter was perfect with 40 putouts and one assist for a 1.000 fielding percentage. In 24 games, he hit at a .337 clip which came from 33 hits in 98 at-bats. He paced the pack with 11 doubles, adding a triple and a homerun for a .500 slugging percentage, and drew six walks. Gunter drove in 17 runs and scored 17 times.
Saito has thrown out 16 of the 22 runners who attempted to steal for a .421 runner-caught stealing percentage. Additionally, he holds a .989 fielding percentage with 213 putouts and 46 assists while contributing to one double play in 41 games played. On the rubber, he appeared in nine games with eight starts and earned a 5-2 record in 36.2 innings of work in which he struck out 15 batters
Wehner took the ball 20 times this season, with 10 starts, for an 8-3 record with three saves. He holds a team-low 2.29 ERA over 94.1 innings of action thus far. Wehner has tossed a trio of complete games for the Kingsmen. The righty has struck out 64 batters for 6.11 strikeouts per nine innings.
Salud appeared in 29 games to tie for the top spot in a single-season at Cal Lutheran. Salud has thrown 43.0 innings, notching a 3-2 win-loss record while earning 11 saves. The righty has struck out 36 batters for 7.53 strikeouts per nine innings and currently has a 3.77 ERA.
Singh totaled 60 assists, 25 putouts, and a solid fielding percentage of .955. Offensively, Singh co-leads the squad with seven stolen bases and nine extra-base hits for a conference batting average of .383. He has also swiped six bases on the season.
Rogan hit .355 this season for the Sagehens and was second on the team in hits (59), home runs (8), doubles (13) and slugging percentage (.614).