May 10, 2018

2018 NCCAA All-Central Region Awards

All teams competing in the NCCAA Central Regional Tournament on the field facing the flag for the National AnthemNational Anthem at Opening Ceremony

Players posing with Elizabeth Hughes of CAM in front of $700 of canned goodsPresentation to CAM

The 2018 NCCAA All-Central Region Award recipients were announced and recognized during Wednesday evening's opening ceremonies at the Central Region tournament's host site, College of the Ozarks, in Point Lookout, Mo.

Pitcher of the Year for the 2018 NCCAA All-Central Region was awarded to Ben Madison of Central Baptist College.  Madison pitched 89 2/3 innings, allowing just 59 hits while striking out 160 and walking 54 batters.  Opposing hitters batted just .184 against him.

The 2018 NCCAA All-Central Region Player of the Year was awarded to Jay Kaufman, College of the Ozarks.  Kaufman was equally stellar at the plate and on the mound.  He batted .355 with 14 doubles, two triples, and five home runs, while driving in 44 runs at the plate.  On the mound, Kaufman boasted a 10-3 record.  He walked only 13 batters in 103 1/3 innings.

First Team All-Central Region Awardees feature:

  • Pitchers: Ben Madison, Central Baptist College; Collan Thrasher, College of the Ozarks; Mason Alexander, Ecclesia College; Keisy Portorreal, Mid-America Christian University;
  • Catchers: Austin Kuchinski, Central Baptist College; J. T. Stalnaker, Ecclesia College;
  • First Base:  Slayton Vaughan, Southwestern Christian University;
  • Second Base:  Cody Robinson, Southwestern Christian University;
  • Third Base: Jay Kaufman, College of the Ozarks;
  • Shortstop: Felix Martinez, Mid-America Christian University;
  • Ooutfielders:  Diogen Ceballos, Southwestern Christian University; Chad Reusch, College of the Ozarks; Matt Garrison, Ecclesia College; Jerry Gallagos, Colorado Christian University;
  • Designated Hitter:  Dylan Heitz, College of the Ozarks; Brett Luna, Central Baptist College;
  • Utility:  Jacob Karlson, College of the Ozarks.

Second Team All-Central Region Awardees include:

  • Pitchers:  J. C. Gonzalez and Victor Del Carmen, Southwestern Christian University; Jose Delmar, Central Baptist College; Joey Loranger, Colorado Christian University;
  • Catchers:  Trevor Hudgens, Southwestern Christian University; Austin Maltby, Colorado Christian University;
  • First Base:  Ethan Casey, Ecclesia College;
  • Second Base:  Jake Payonk, Southwestern Assemblies of God University;
  • Third Base:  Kailen Glover, Arlington Baptist University;
  • Shortstop:  Anthony Ward, Southwestern Christian University;
  • Outfielders:  Austin Allen, Central Baptist College; Austin Hunt, Arlington Baptist University; Stevie Morphew, Ecclesia College; Diego Pichardo, Mid-America Christian University;
  • Designated Hitter:  Austin Atkerson, Colorado Christian University; Josh Villareal, Arlington Baptist University;
  • Utility:  Scotty Wright, Colorado Christian University.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, representatives of each team presented $700 worth of canned goods to Elizabeth Hughes, Executive Director of Christian Action Ministries, a local food pantry, on behalf of the seven teams.