With the Pac-10 and Southeast Conference still to announce their post season awards and all-conference teams, a number of former and current Wareham Gatemen have been recognized for their performance during the 2012 college baseball season. Led by Big-12 Player of the Year Josh Ludy, the former Gatemen catcher is just one of a number of players that have been honored so far this week.
Ludy, a Gatemen catcher in 2010, had a breakout year at Baylor this season; hitting .347 with 9 homeruns and 54 rbi while committing only 3 errors behind the plate all season. He was also named to the Big 12’s All-Conference Team. Josh was joined on the Big 12 First Team by former Gatemen All-Stars Max Muncy and Josh Turley.
Johnny Field and Robert Refsnyder, co-winners of the organization’s top positional player award in 2011, were both named to the PAC 12 All-Conference Team. Field won the PAC 12 Batting Title and returns to the Gatemen this summer.
Over in the Atlantic Coast Conference, returning Gatemen All-League selection Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech) and former Gatemen and Harwich Mariner – and one of the best two-way players in the country, Jake Davies (Georgia Tech) were each named to the conferences 2nd team. 2011 Gatemen OF Brandon Thomas, also from Georgia Tech, was named to the first team.
Wareham Gatemen players also shined in the Big East this season. Former Gatemen All-League selection Justin Amlung (Louisville) was named the Big East’s Pitcher of the Year. Following closely behind in his footsteps is incoming Gatemen pitcher and fellow Cardinal Jared Ruxer who was named the Freshman of the Year in the Big East. Ruxer finished the regular season with an impressive 8-1 record and a 2.61 earned run average and will come to Wareham as one of the best freshman pitchers in the nation.
Senior Adam McClain from Memphis, a 2010 Gatemen infielder was named to Conference USA’s first team while two year Gatemen infielder and 2011 Team USA selection LJ Mazzilli was named to the Big East’s All-Conference Team. Another Big East All-Conference selection was newcomer Cole Sturgeon from Lousiville; another impressive 2 way player, who was named to the 2nd team.
Ty McFarland from James Madison, who will play in the infield for the Gatemen this summer, was named to the Colonial Athletic Association’s 3rd team. In the Big Ten, incoming Gatemen OF/C Kyle Schwarber from Indiana was named to the conference’s all Freshman Team and was also named the the All-Conference 2nd team.
As previously announced, incoming Gatemen catcher Matthew Walsh from Franklin Pierce was named the Northeast 10 Conference’s Rookie of the Year.
With a number of Gatemen in the Pac 10 and Southeast Conference, we will update this story once those conferences announce their post season awards.