Wolves rack up four all-SAC, four Gold Glove selections

Wolves rack up four all-SAC, four Gold Glove selections
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

ROCK HILL – Four Newberry players were named all-South Atlantic Conference, three on the league’s first team, with four picking up Gold Glove awards as the league announced its annual honors Wednesday.

Outfielder Daymon Totherow, designated hitter Ben Herring, and starting pitcher Zack Kelly were all selected to the first team by the league’s coaches. Freshman starter Evan Estridge received an honorable mention nod as well.

Newberry accounted for four of the nine total Gold Gloves, awarded to the league’s top voted-student-athlete at each defensive position. Totherow earned the nod in right field alongside center fielder Danton Hyman. Cody Ezzell (second base) and Jeff Sneed (catcher) also received Gold Glove awards. The Wolves ended the regular season with a .963 fielding percentage, within one one-thousandth of a point of second-place Coker and third-highest by a Newberry team this century.

Daymon Totherow – First Team Outfielder
The senior right fielder’s 21 stolen bases were good for second in the SAC and tied for third in Newberry history since 2001. He finished second on the team and 14th in the SAC with a .363 batting average, led the team with 20 multi-hit games and 50 runs scored, and tied for the team lead with 65 hits. His .440 on-base percentage ranked third on the Wolves. He also accounted for 36 RBI’s, 16 extra-base hits, and three sacrifice flies at the plate.

Ben Herring – First Team Designated Hitter
Herring led the team and was 12th in the SAC with a .366 batting average. The junior’s .519 slugging percentage led the team and he accumulated 37 RBI’s despite not playing in 10 of Newberry’s 50 games.

Zack Kelly – First Team Starting Pitcher
Kelly capped his senior season with arguably the best game of his career Friday night against Lenoir-Rhyne, improving to 7-3 on the season and lowering his ERA to 3.32 with a dominant complete-game, six-hit shutout. He earned a save in his only relief appearance of the season and racked up 91 strikeouts, good for second in the league, against just 29 walks. He recorded nine or more strikeouts in half of his 12 appearances, worked a team-high 78.2 innings, and had an opponents’ batting average of .247.

Evan Estridge – Honorable Mention Pitcher
A Chapin native, Estridge worked his way into the starting rotation by the season’s second weekend and finished his freshman season with a 5-2 record and 3.86 ERA. He recorded 45 strikeouts and 11 walks in his 63.0 innings of work and allowed opponents to hit .290 off him.

Daymon Totherow – Gold Glove Right Fielder
In addition to his impressive offensive statistics, Totherow was an outstanding defender all season long. He made just one error, accumulating a .991 fielding percentage while accounting for six of Newberry’s nine outfield assists on the season. Five runners Totherow threw out were cut down at the plate.

Danton Hyman – Gold Glove Center Fielder
Hyman played perfect defense in his 49 games in center field, completing the regular season without an error in 123 defensive chances. He recorded two outfield assists on the season.

Cody Ezzell – Gold Glove Second Baseman
Ezzell started all but nine of Newberry’s 50 games at second base and proved himself to be a tremendous defensive asset, committing just four errors to field .974 in 154 chances. He was a part of 18 double plays this season and had 97 assists, second only to shortstop Robert Kosch.

Jeff Sneed – Gold Glove Catcher
The Wolves’ primary backstop proved himself to be one of the top catchers in the league during his fifth-year senior season. Sneed caught 12 runners attempting to steal on 25 total attempts this season, the second-best percentage in the SAC. He also picked off five runners, the third-highest total by a Newberry player this century, and fielded .988 with four errors in 346 defensive chances.

Newberry’s season will continue on Friday evening as the third-seeded Wolves face No. 4 seed Mars Hill at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Baseball Championship.


2017 SAC Baseball All-Conference Awards

All-SAC First Team
OF – Luke Setzer, Catawba
OF – Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Daymon Totherow, Newberry
1B – Timmy Wages, Lincoln Memorial
2B – Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill
SS – Tyler Adams, Lincoln Memorial
3B – John Topoleski, Tusculum
C – Zach Almond, Catawba
DH – Ben Herring, Newberry
SP – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne
SP – Zack Kelly, Newberry
SP – Ethan Carpenter, Lincoln Memorial
RP – Bryan Blanton, Catawba

All-SAC Second Team
OF – Ryan Addington, Carson-Newman
OF – Brett Brubaker, Mars Hill
OF – William Thomas, Anderson
1B – Nick Lacinia, Tusculum
2B – Kyle Smith, Catawba
SS – Jeremy Simpson, Catawba
3B – Eric Kalman, Lincoln Memorial
C – Greg Jones, Carson-Newman
DH – Nick Coble, Catawba
SP – Hunter Shepherd, Catawba
SP –Tim Hardy, Tusculum
SP – Brandon Jean, Lincoln Memorial
RP – Griffin Hollifield, Coker

Honorable Mention
OF – Mason Ewers, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Malachi Hanes, Catawba
OF – Jeremy Glore, Tusculum
1B – Chance Bowden, Catawba
2B – Daulton Martin, Tusculum
SS – Tyler Miller, Anderson
3B – Brett Langhorne, Lincoln Memorial
C – Russell Clark, Lincoln Memorial
DH – Bradley Brown, Wingate
SP – Forrest Arnold, Coker
SP – Zac Brown, Mars Hill
SP – Evan Estridge, Newberry
RP – Dominic Morabito, Lincoln Memorial

Gold Glove
RF – Daymon Totherow, Newberry

CF – Danton Hyman, Newberry
LF – Marcus Shoemaker, Lenoir-Rhyne
1B – Chance Bowden, Catawba
2B – Cody Ezzell, Newberry
SS – Jeremy Simpson, Catawba
3B – John Topoleski, Tusculum
C – Jeff Sneed, Newberry
P – Zac Brown, Mars Hill

Player of the Year
Luke Setzer, Catawba

Pitcher of the Year
Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne

Freshman of the Year
Hunter Shepherd, Catawba

Co-Coaches of the Year
Jim Gantt, Catawba
Jeff Sziksai, Lincoln Memorial­

Statistical Champions
Team Batting Average – Catawba (.334)
Team Slugging Percentage – Catawba (.559)
Team On-Base Percentage – Lincoln Memorial (.415)
Team Doubles Per Game – Catawba (2.45)
Team Triples Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (0.41)
Team Home Runs Per Game – Catawba (1.64)
Team RBIs Per Game – Tusuclum (7.11)
Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Mars Hill (1.69)
Team Earned Run Average – Tusculum (4.32)
Team Strikeouts Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (10.6) 

Batting Average – Luke Setzer, Catawba (.425)
On-Base Percentage – Timmy Wages, Lincoln Memorial (.516)
Slugging Percentage – Zach Almond, Catawba (.736)
Home Runs Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (0.34)
RBIs Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (1.27)
Runs Scored Per Game – Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial (1.40)
Doubles Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (0.44)
Triples Per Game – Justin Dean, Lenoir-Rhyne (0.14)
Stolen Bases Per Game – Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill (0.65)
Earned Run Average – Griffin Hollifield, Coker (1.50)
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (13.38)
Pitching Victories – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (9)