SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Endicott’s Michael DeDonato (Chemlsford, Mass.) was recognized as a First Team ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-American, highlighting a list of nine Commonwealth Coast Conference student-athletes who garnered postseason awards this spring.
DeDonato was one of eight CCC student-athletes named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-New England Region teams and was one of the six players to earn All-New England Region honors from D3baseball.com. He was an ABCA/Rawlings First Teamer and a D3baseball.com Third Teamer.
Western New England’s Bob Hamel (Southwick, Mass.) was the only player other than DeDonato to earn First Team honors as he was picked to the All-New England First Team by both organizations. Hamel’s teammates Alex Loparco (Riverside, Conn.) and Joe Cassella (Wallingford, Conn.) both earned Second Team accolades from both organizations.
Salve Regina’s Alex Perry (North Attleboro, Mass.) was an ABCA/Rawlings Second Team Selection, while his teammates Dylan Ketch (Clinton, Conn.) and Patrick Maybach (Saunderstown, R.I.) both earned Third Team honors from the ABCA.
Endicott’s Will Bryant (Cumberland, Maine) and Nichols’ Kyle Bouchard (Fall River, Mass.) were also All-New England Third Team members with Bryant being honored by both organizations and Bouchard selected by D3baseball.com.
MICHAEL DEDENOTO, ENDICOTT – ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM, ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-NEW ENGLAND FIRST TEAM, D3BASEBALL.COM ALL-NEW ENGLAND THIRD TEAM
DeDonato earned his spot on the All-America First Team behind a .403/.454/.540 slash line in 44 games, all at second base. DeDonato also compiled 41 runs scored, 71 hits, 15 doubles, three home runs, 37 RBI, 95 total bases, 12 walks, and 41 stolen bases on the year.
Additionally, DeDonato paced the conference in hits, doubles, total bases, stolen bases, and batting average, and also finished in the top-10 in runs (5th), home runs (8th), RBI (6th), on-base percentage (9th), and slugging percentage (3rd). Meanwhile, nationally, DeDonato is No. 1 in the country in stolen bases, No. 4 in stolen bases per game (0.93), No. 23 in hits, and No. 81 in batting average.
BOB HAMEL, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND –ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-NEW ENGLAND FIRST TEAM, D3BASEBALL.COM ALL-NEW ENGLAND FIRST TEAM
An All-Region honoree for the third time in his career, Hamel was spectacular throughout his junior campaign. The junior left-handed pitcher set Western New England's single-season program record and currently leads NCAA Division III with a 0.95 earned run average in 57.0 innings pitched.
Western New England posted a perfect 12-0 record in the games that Hamel stepped on the mound, as he went 7-0 in his starts with four complete games and also picked up four saves early in the season. Hamel issued a career-low 16 walks and struck out 53 batters while limiting opposing hitters to a .227 batting average.
Hamel, who was named the 2018 CCC Pitcher of the Year, is 21-3 in 24 career starts with a 1.67 earned run average and 139 strikeouts in 166.2 innings of work.
ALEX PERRY, SALVE REGINA – ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-NEW ENGLAND SECOND TEAM
Perry earned his fourth straight All-CCC honor this season and his third selection to the All-CCC First Team. This is also the third time he was recognized as an All-New England performer. One of the premier power bats in the conference, Perry led the league in home runs with eight and finished second in total bases with 88. He also had the league’s best slugging percentage at .682.
This season he batted .364 with 41 RBI and 40 runs scored. He also recorded 13 doubles and two triples leaving him in the top ten in the conference in all those categories.
JOE CASSELLA, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND – ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-NEW ENGLAND SECOND TEAM, D3BASEBALL.COM ALL-NEW ENGLAND SECOND TEAM
Cassella is a first time All-Region honoree after posting career-high numbers across the board. The All-CCC First Team selection batted .378 with ten doubles, 42 RBI, 26 walks, 21 stolen bases and 48 runs scored. Cassella posted a 15-game hitting streak from March 11-April 7 and closed out the season with base hits in the Golden Bears' final nine contests.
ALEX LOPARCO, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-NEW ENGLAND SECOND TEAM, D3BASEBALL.COM SECOND TEAM
Loparco collects All-Region accolades for the first time following a breakout junior season in which he was named the CCC Player of the Year. Loparco hit .382 and got on base at a .525 clip while totaling 12 doubles, two triples, 37 RBI, 40 walks, 55 runs scored and 19 stolen bases.
WILL BRYANT, ENDICOTT – ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-NEW ENGLAND THIRD TEAM, D3BASEBALL.COM ALL-NEW ENGLAND THIRD TEAM
Bryant appeared in 20 games for the Gulls in 2018 and posted a 1-2 record, 10 saves, 22 strikeouts (7.33 per game), and a 2.00 earned run average on 27.0 innings pitched. Bryant ranked first in the CCC in saves and second in appearances. Nationally, Bryant also ranked No. 7 in saves.
Other highlights from his season included a 14 innings scoreless streak to start the year from March 4 to April 10 (1-0 record, eight saves, nine strikeouts, Endicott 10-1 overall) and an inherited runner scored percentage of .267 (15/4).
KYLE BOUCHARD, NICHOLS – D3BASEBALL.COM ALL-NEW ENGLAND THIRD TEAM
Bouchard, a Commonwealth Coast Conference All-CCC Second Team selection, played in 38 games, batting .375 with 16 runs scored, 10 doubles, three homeruns, 36 RBI, 16 walks and a stolen base. The sophomore led the team in home runs, RBI, batting average, and slugging (.507), while finishing second on the team in hits, doubles, and on-base percentage (.468).
In the CCC, Bouchard ranked fifth in at-bats, third in hits, seventh in doubles, fifth in homeruns, third in RBI, second in total bases (73), fourth in batting average, and sixth in slugging percentage. Nationally, Bouchard had the second-most sacrifice flies in the country with seven.
Earlier this season, Bouchard collected his 100th career base hit and he already ranks just outside the top-10 in program history with 73 career RBI.
DYLAN KETCH, SALVE REGINA – ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-NEW ENGLAND THIRD TEAM
Ketch, a sophomore, earned his second straight All-CCC honor this season after being named to the First Team. He was second in the league in batting average, hitting at a .399 clip. He was in the top 10 in the CCC in a number of offensive categories including hits (5th, 55), runs (8th, 37), on-base percentage (4th, .481), and stolen bases (9th, 17).
PATRICK MAYBACH, SALVE REGINA – ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-NEW ENGLAND THIRD TEAM
Maybach was the Seahawks’ workhorse on the mound this season as he tossed a league-high 62 2/3 innings this year. He earned four wins and posted a 1.87 earned run average, which was second in the conference. He was also the league leader in strikeouts with 77 and held opposing batters to a .219 batting average.
Major portions of this release are courtesy of 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 four 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 administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.