The American Baseball Coaches Association released the 2017 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-America teams on Thursday evening. The honorees were announced at the opening ceremonies of the NCAA Div. III College World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin.
ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections, which were announced on Tuesday, were nominated for All-America honors. In all divisions, the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 21, and the ABCA Players of the Year will be announced Wednesday, June 28.
The ABCA All-America team was first recognized in 1949 and now includes nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and high school. ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were first recognized in 2007.
The Chair of the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America & Coach of the Year Committee is Paul Hesse of the University of Mt. Union. Also on the committee are Matt LaBranche (Eastern Connecticut State), Cory Paluga (Elmira College), Dean Glus (The College of New Jersey), Ray Hedrick (Randolph-Macon College), Luke Johnson (North Park University), Jerry Haugen (St. John's University, MN) and Scott Winterburn (University of La Verne).
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 74th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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|2017 ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams|
|NCAA Div. III All-America First Team|
|2B||Tanner Nishioka||Sr.||Pomona Pitzer||CA|
|3B||Michael Mateja||So.||North Central||IL|
|OF||Billy Goodall||Jr.||Mount Union||OH|
|OF||Alex Zachary||Sr.||Eastern Connecticut State||CT|
|P||Phil Mary||So.||Mount Union||OH|
|P||Matt Curry||Jr.||The College of New Jersey||NJ|
|NCAA Div. III All-America Second Team|
|C||Ryan Orgielewicz||Sr.||Johns Hopkins||MD|
|1B||Conner Combs||Sr.||East Texas Baptist||TX|
|3B||Eric Hamilton||Sr.||Oswego State||NY|
|OF||Nick Vento||Sr.||Washington & Jefferson||PA|
|UT||Jake Dexter||So.||Southern Maine||ME|
|P||Joe Cirillo||Jr.||The College of New Jersey||NJ|
|NCAA Div. III All-America Third Team|
|C||Monroe Donnelly||Jr.||John Carroll||OH|
|1B||Barry Casey||Jr.||UT Dallas||TX|
|OF||Wyatt Ulrich||Fr.||Saint John's||MN|
|UT||Derek Helbing||Sr.||Washington & Jefferson||PA|