BEREA, OHIO -- Three Baldwin Wallace University baseball players have been named to the 2014 ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region team. The trio was instrumental in BW (29-18) winning its school-record 29th game, first-ever Regional Championship and advancing to its first-ever Division III College World Series appearance. The Yellow Jackets open play at the World Series in Appleton, Wis. on Friday, May 23 versus Emory (Ga.) at 2:15 p.m.
Junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference first baseman Kyle Chontos (Pickerington/ North) was selected to the first-team, sophomore All-OAC second baseman Mark Zimmerman (Akron/ Green) and sophomore All-OAC designated hitter Hunter Handel (Akron/ Green) were both selected to the second-team.
Chontos, who was a first-team All-OAC selection, garners his first first-team and first overall All-Mideast Region accolade. He was selected to the all-tournament team at the Mid-Atlantic Regional where he batted .368 (7-for-19) with one double, six RBI and four runs scored
For the season, Chontos leads the team with a .380 batting average (71-for-187) with 45 runs scored, 18 doubles (ties a school-record), one triple, team-leading totals of five homers and 49 RBI and 11 steals.
Zimmerman, who was a first-team All-OAC pick for the second consecutive season, earns his first second-team and first overall All-Mideast Region honor. He was selected as the Most Valuable Player at last weekend's Mid-Atlantic Regional where he batted a team-high .474 (9-for-19) with a triple, thee RBI and five runs scored. Zimmerman also made one relief appearance on the mound where he allowed one run (unearned) on three hits with a career-best six strikeouts and three walks in four and one-third innings pitched as he picked up the win.
This season, he is tied for second in hitting on the team as he batted .379 (77-for-203) with 49 runs scored, 14 doubles, three triples, three homers, 44 RBI and eight steals.
Handel, who was tabbed as a first-team All-OAC pick, garners his first second-team and first overall All-Mideast Region honor. At the Mid-Atlantic Regional, he batted .333 (4-for-12) with one double, four RBI and two runs scored.
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