The Association of Independent Institutions hosted a banquet prior to the opening game of the 2019 A.I.I. Baseball Conference Championship tournament. At the banquet, numerous awards were presented.
College of the Ozarks' Bobcats had two players named First-Team All-Conference - Jay Kaufman and Max Pulley, two named 2nd Team All-Conference - Collan Thrasher and Ryan Daggs, and Kole Kelley was named as the Champion of Character.
Kaufman is a senior and received First-Team accolades for his performance at the plate and on the field. Kaufman leads the Bobcats this season with a .401 average and is also the team leader in RBI with 34. He has 57 hits this season, featuring 13 doubles, two triples, and four homeruns to tally a .606 slugging percentage. Jay can typically be found playing second base for the Bobcats and has an impressive .973 fielding percentage. He also pitches for the Bobcats and has collected 14 wins in his two seasons at C of O.
Max Pulley is a sophomore, who has played right field for the Bobcats this season but was previously an infielder. His First-Team recognition is also based on his all-around play. Pulley has a .959 fielding percentage and has done a great job in his new position. In addition, Max has taken a leadership role at the plate, recording 54 hits in 152 at bats, scoring 42 runs, and driving in 26 RBI. Pulley’s extra-base production is also solid, as he has hit for 13 doubles 2 triples, and 2 homeruns. Pulley is second on the team in stolen bases with 13.
Second-Team awardee Collan Thrasher is a right-handed pitcher for the Bobcats. A four-year player for C of O, Collan has amassed some impressive stats on the mound over his career. He has posted 25 wins and three saves, with a career 3.83 ERA. His most impressive stat this season is the number of walks allowed. He has allowed only eight walks in 12 games this season, ranking him No. 2 in the NAIA in walks allowed per nine innings (0.93) and No. 5 in total walks allowed.
Freshman Ryan Daggs was named as a Second-Team recipient for his performance during his freshman season. He holds a batting average of .323 and a slugging percentage of .553. He has produced 52 hits, including 10 doubles, three triples, and a team-leading seven homeruns. He has provided the Bobcats with a solid performance at third base and has also taken the mound for the Bobcats on nine occasions, posting a 2-1 win-loss record along with two saves.
Senior Kole Kelley, Bobcat left fielder, has been a solid contributor for the Bobcats on the field of play, hitting .328 this season and posting a perfect percentage in fielding at 1.000. While these factors are significant to the team, Kole is also a well-respected leader on and off the field. As a result, Kole was named the Bobcats' 2019 A.I.I. Champion of Character.
Congratulations to each of these players on their success this season!