College of the Ozarks Bobcat Baseball had four players named this week to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-Region Team.
Recipients of the award featured Jay Kaufman, Westin Gann, Max Pulley, and Ryan Daggs.
Kaufman, the senior second baseman who hails from Forsyth, Mo., holds a team-leading .405 batting average (64-158), along with 14 doubles. He has been effective in the field, snagging line drives intended for the outfield and recording only three errors in 50 games played. Kaufman has been a significant contributor for the Bobcats since transferring in 2017-18, posting a 14-9-1 record on the mound and a .379 batting average over two seasons.
Gann is a junior from Springfield, Mo. (Kickapoo HS). He has been a solid and steady presence behind the plate this season, always ready to hop on a bunted ball or make a play at the plate. He has played in 46 of the Bobcats’ 54 games and holds a .958 fielding percentage. At the plate, Gann has contributed seven home runs and driven in 35.
Pulley has been a leadoff hitter for the Cats a good portion of the season, and with good reason. He boasts a .352 average and .509 slugging percentage, while providing good speed on the base path. A sophomore outfielder from Leawood, Kan., Pulley has tallied 13 doubles, 2 triples, and 3 homeruns, with 28 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He holds a notable fielding percentage of .960.
Freshman third baseman Daggs came to C of O from Greenwood, Ark. and has made a big impact this season. He is hitting .352 with a team-high .605 slugging percentage. Daggs also leads the team in homeruns (9), triples (3), and RBI (46). He has made some impressive diving catches at third base and has a .932 fielding percentage. In addition, Daggs has pitched in relief in nine games, collecting 2 wins, one loss, and two saves.
The Bobcats stepped up the quality of their schedule this season, and each of these players has proven to be a significant contributor to the team’s success.