SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Ten Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) baseball student-athletes were named as All-New England Region honorees earlier this month. Nine received the honor from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings and five were D3baseball.com honorees. Four of the recipients were recognized by both organizations.
Salve Regina’s Patrick Maybach (Saunderstown, R.I.) received the highest honors of the group as he was chosen as the D3baseball.com New England Rookie of the Year. He was also a First Team All-Region selection by both the ABCA and D3baseball.com. Several other Seahawks were also selected including ABCA and D3baseball.com Second Team catcher Christian Vargas (Melbourne, Fla.), ABCA Second Team pitcher Jimmy Fitzgerald (Canton, Mass.), and ABCA Third Teamer John Militano (Miller Place, N.Y.).
Endicott had three players garner All-Region accolades. Will Bryant (Cumberland, Maine) was a D3baseball.com Second Teamer, Mike Kochiss (Fairfield, Conn.) was an ABCA Third Teamer, and Kevin Gould (Rollinsford, N.H.) was picked for the Third Team by both organizations.
Nichols, Roger Williams, and Western New England each had one selection. Cam Cook (Phoenixville, Pa.) represented the Bison on the ABCA All-Region Second Team, Chris Bosco (North Andover, Mass.) was an ABCA Third Team selection for the Hawks, and the Golden Bears’ Bob Hamel (Southwick, Mass.) was a Third Team honoree on both All-Region lists.
PATRICK MAYBACH, SALVE REGINA, D3BASEBALL.COM N.E. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, FIRST TEAM ALL-NEW ENGLAND (ABCA & D3BASEBALL)
Maybach had an outstanding season for the Seahawks on the mound as the freshman southpaw finished the regular season with a 1.36 ERA, while going 9-0 with one save in ten appearances. Both his ERA and win total were the best in the conference at the end of conference play. He also struck out 67 batters ranking him third in the CCC. Maybach also ranks in the top 10 nationally in ERA (eighth). In five of his appearances (three starts) the first-year hurler did not allow a run. He was CCC Rookie of the Week on two occasions and CCC Pitcher of the Week once. Maybach was also the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association (NCBWA) National Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 12.
WILL BRYANT, ENDICOTT, SECOND TEAM ALL-NEW ENGLAND (D3BASEBALL)
Bryant paced the CCC in saves this season with seven total over 17 appearances out of the pen. Bryant also logged 21 1/3 innings, compiled 18 strikeouts (7.59 per game), registered a .182 batting average against and sported a 1.27 earned run average (ERA). Additionally, among all NCAA Division III closers, Bryant ranked No. 21 in the country with his seven saves.
CAM COOK, NICHOLS, SECOND TEAM ALL-NEW ENGLAND (ABCA)
Cook paced the Bison and finished third in the CCC in batting average (.383) while ending the conference tournament tops in the league in hits (62). Cook also finished third in the CCC with a career-high 20 stolen bases and fifth in the conference in runs scored (38) – matching his total from last season. His season was highlighted by reaching base in the first 26 games of the year – establishing a program-record 37 games dating back to last season.
JIMMY FITZGERALD, SALVE REGINA, SECOND TEAM ALL-NEW ENGLAND (ABCA)
Fitzgerald was one of the best strikeout pitchers in Division III this season as he averaged 12.55 strikeouts per nine innings ranking him first in the conference and 10th nationally. He was also seventh on the national leaderboard in hits allowed per nine innings at 5.50. The junior lefthander went 6-1 this year with a 2.75 ERA, while holding opponents to a .173 average. He had 73 strikeouts and one shutout this season.
CHRISTIAN VARGAS, SALVE REGINA, SECOND TEAM ALL-NEW ENGLAND (ABCA & D3BASEBALL)
Vargas, the All-CCC First Team catcher, had a very strong season at the plate as he posted a .357/.443/.478 line for the year. He finished in the top ten on the conference leaderboard in all three categories ranking seventh in average, sixth in OBP, and eighth in slugging percentage. He was also a major run producer as he scored 29 runs, drove in 28, and hit three home runs. He was second in the CCC in runners caught stealing with 18.
KEVIN GOULD, ENDICOTT, THIRD TEAM ALL-NEW ENGLAND (ABCA & D3BASEBALL)
The CCC Pitcher of the Year, Gould's impressive second-year campaign included a 6-1 record, two complete games, one shutout, 53 innings pitched, 45 strikeouts and only seven walks, 7.64 strikeouts per game, and a 2.38 ERA. Gould finished 10th in the conference in strikeouts, seventh in strikeouts per game (7.64), and sixth in ERA. Nationally, Gould is No. 21 in walks plus hits per innings pitched (WHIP) at 0.96, No. 34 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.43), No. 46 in walks allowed per nine innings (1.19), and No. 99 in ERA.
MIKE KOCHISS, ENDICOTT, THIRD TEAM ALL-NEW ENGLAND (ABCA)
Kochiss produced a slash line of .399/.511/.615 (.avg/.obp/.slg) alongside 42 runs scored, 57 hits, 15 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 32 RBI, 88 total bases, 34 walks, and 13 stolen bases in 44 games played on the season. Kochiss led the CCC in runs, doubles, total bases, walks, batting average, and slugging percentage. He also finished second in home runs, and on-base percentage in the conference. Meanwhile, nationally, Kochiss is No. 23 in walks, No. 28 in on-base percentage, and No. 99 in batting average. In addition to those numbers, Kochiss claimed CCC Player of the Year honors for the second straight season to become the first student-athlete in conference history to earn back-to-back CCC Player of the Year accolades since data on the award has been available (1995-2017).
CHRIS BOSCO, ROGER WILLIAMS, THIRD TEAM ALL-NEW ENGLAND (ABCA)
Bosco finished the year with a strong season in his second year as the Hawks' primary catcher. He was second on the team with a .324 batting average on the year while leading the team with 45 hits, 23 runs scored, and 18 runs batted in. He was also fourth on the team with a .396 slugging percentage and a .390 on-base percentage. In addition, he threw out 29 batters attempting to steal, best in the conference and among all Division III players. In addition to his All-Region selection, he was also named to the All-CCC Second Team.
JOHN MILITANO, SALVE REGINA, THIRD TEAM ALL-NEW ENGLAND (ABCA)
Militano wreaked havoc at the top of the Seahawks’ lineup this year. He was the league leader in hits with 44 and stolen bases with 29. He also crossed the plate 39 times to finish second in the conference. His .358 batting average placed him sixth in the CCC. For his efforts this year, the junior second baseman earned a spot on the All-CCC Third Team.
BOB HAMEL, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND, THIRD TEAM ALL-NEW ENGLAND (ABCA & D3BASEBALL)
Hamel, who was also an All-CCC Second Team honoree this spring, went 7-2 with a 2.21 earned run average and 49 strikeouts in 57.0 innings of work. The ace of Western New England's pitching staff, Hamel posted complete game efforts in five of his nine starts, and logged at least six innings on six occasions. On March 17 in Florida, Hamel struck out seven batters and surrendered just two hits and one unearned run during a seven inning complete game performance in Western New England's 7-1 victory over then-No. 13 nationally ranked the College of New Jersey. amel made an immediate impact for the Golden Bears during his freshman season in 2016, earning ABCA All-New England second team accolades to go with ECAC Rookie of the Year, CCC Rookie of the Year, and All-CCC second team honors. In 18 career appearances (17 starts), Hamel is 14-3 with a 2.05 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 109.2 innings.
The majority of the information in this release is courtesy of the ABCA, D3baseball.com and the Endicott, Nichols, and Western New England Sports Information Departments.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 18 intercollegiate.