Thirteen Tom Sox Players Receive Accolades

Thirteen Tom Sox Players Receive Accolades
By: Zach Hamilton

Thirteen Tom Sox players will be heading to Charlottesville this summer with end of season accolades in their back pockets. Having several of the 25 Freshmen and Sophomores on the roster for this summer pick up accolades, shows that these Tom Sox are not only young but very talented. Postseason awards ranging from region and conference player-of-the-year to 1st and 2nd team all-conference selections show Tom Sox players being honored at multiple levels this spring.

A player that is becoming very familiar with the title of MVP has done it again this spring with Wooster College. Shortstop Michael Wielansky was selected as the 2017 Valley Baseball League MVP last summer. This spring, he is hitting an even .400 at the plate while driving in 46 RBI over 175 at-bats. The Fighting Scots are still playing in the NCAA D-3 playoffs, but currently Wielansky has picked up 1st Team All- NCAC, NCAA Div. III Mideast Region Player-of-the-Year, and 1st Team D3baseball All-American.

Another Tom Sox will be making the trip to the NCAA D-3 playoffs before coming to Charlottesville. Nick Roth III and the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets are headed back to Appleton, Wisconsin. Roth III was selected to the D-3 South 2nd team All-Region as a pitcher. This season he has thrown 73 innings, while striking out 68 and walking just 7 batters.

The Atlantic 10 Conference will be represented by eight players this summer on the Tom Sox and half of those players received end of season accolades. George Washington’s Dom D’Allesandro was named 1st Team All-A10 as a designated hitter. Tim Miller of the Richmond Spiders was selected to the All-Rookie Team as both an outfielder and a pitcher. The Davidson Wildcats will be represented by Eric Jones, who was named 2nd Team All-A10 as a catcher, and Max Bazin, who received All-Academic honors.

Junior Anthony Lazar was named to the All-MAAC 1st Team as an infielder, while batting .315 for the Red Foxes of Marist College. Salisbury University’s Jack Berry represents the Seagulls on the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA D3 South All-Region 2nd Team. Two Tom Sox from Tallahassee Community College received recognition on the 1st team All-Panhandle Conference. Cole Vann was selected as a designated hitter by hitting .383 and driving in 49 RBI over 183 plate appearances. Meanwhile, Justin Sorokowski was selected as a pitcher because of his 2.35 ERA and 80 strikeouts over 65 innings.

Along with Miller, three other Freshmen picked up accolades including Jared Wetherbee, Eric Stock, and Drey Jameson. Wetherbee, a relief pitcher for the Elon Phoenix, was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team. Old Dominion’s Eric Stock earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team as a utility player, while batting .320 in his first year in Norfolk. Drey Jameson had a fantastic season for the Ball State Cardinals in his rookie season. His 3.62 ERA, 86 strikeouts and just 35 walks earned Jameson 1st Team All-MAC and Freshman Pitcher-of-the- Year honors.

The Tom Sox will begin the 2018 campaign on the road on June 1st against Staunton. They will return to C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark on June 4th at 7pm to take on New Market!

Conference

Accolades

A-10

-Dom D’Allesandro (George Washington): 1st Team (Designated Hitter)

-Eric Jones (Davidson): 2nd Team (Catcher)

-Tim Miller (Richmond): All-Rookie Team (Outfielder/Pitcher)

-Max Bazin (Davidson): All-Academic

CAA

-Jared Wetherbee (Elon): All-Rookie Team (Pitcher)

CAC

-Jack Berry (Salisbury): ABCA/Rawlings NCAA D3 South All-Region 2nd Team

Conference USA

-Eric Stock (Old Dominion): All-Freshman Team (Utility)

FCSAA Panhandle Conference

-Cole Vann (Tallahassee Community College): 1st team All-Panhandle Conference (Designated Hitter)

-Justin Sorokowski (Tallahassee Community College): 1st team All-Panhandle Conference (Pitcher)

MAAC

-Anthony Lazar (Marist): 1st Team All-MAAC (Infield)

MAC

-Drey Jameson (Ball State): Freshman Pitcher of the Year

1st Team All-MAC (Pitcher)

NCAC

-Michael Wielansky (Wooster): 1st Team All- NCAC (Shortstop)

NCAA Div. III Mideast Region Player-of-the-Year

1st Team D3baseball All-American (Shortstop)

ODAC

-Nick Roth III (Randolph-Macon): D3 South All-Region 2nd team (Pitcher)

Zach Hamilton is a rising Senior at George Mason University and sports broadcaster interning with the Tom Sox this summer.

Twitter: @zachhamilton27