Monteverde Leads All-State Baseball Picks

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Monteverde Leads All-State Baseball Picks

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Freshman pitcher Patrick Monteverde has been named State Rookie of the Year as the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced the College Division All-State Baseball Teams on Tuesday. Justin Erby is a First Team All-State pick as Monteverde is joined on the second team by Brandon Kussmaul and Riley Koonce.

Cole Migliorini of Randolph-Macon College was named Player of the Year while Shenandoah University's Colin Morse was Pitcher of the Year. Matt McGuire of Roanoke College was recognized as Coach of the Year after leading the Maroons to the Division III College World Series.

Monteverde is the first Marlin to be named State Rookie of the Year in program history. The newcomer was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year and earned Second Team All-Region laurels from the ABCA. A Second Team All-Conference selection, Monteverde tied for third in the ODAC in wins, with seven, and also ranked third in total strikeouts, with 60.

Erby consistently found himself third in the Marlin batting order this season, capitalizing to lead the squad in several major offensive categories. He batted .389, scored 46 runs, drove in 41 more, and connected on five home runs, all team bests. He also stole eight bases and contributed 22 extra-base hits on the year. He was previously a First Team All-ODAC pick, as well as a Second Team All-Region selection by the ABCA.

Kussmaul is on the All-State team again after being the only Marlin selected last year when he garnered first team laurels. He had an impressive junior campaign, tying for the team lead with 14 doubles while batting .311. He tied with Erby for the team-lead with five triples. His 36 runs scored were third-most on the team while also driving in 21 batters from the lead-off spot.

This is the first postseason honor for the Koonce, the senior closer for the Marlins. The second-team relief pitcher selection finished the year with a 1.29 ERA and seven saves, the second-most in the ODAC. He finished his career with 13 saves, the second-most in Virginia Wesleyan history.

2017 VaSID College Division All-State Baseball Teams

Player of the Year: Cole Migliorini, Randolph-Macon College
Pitcher of the Year: Colin Morse, Shenandoah University
Rookie of the Year: Patrick Monteverde, Virginia Wesleyan University
Coach of the Year: Matt McGuire, Roanoke College 

First Team

C - Will Hylton, Lynchburg College
1B - Kyle Mathews, Eastern Mennonite University
2B - Jeff Butler, Randolph-Macon College
3B - Ryan Weston, Washington & Lee University
SS - Chadwick Feeley, Washington & Lee University
OF - Justin Erby, Virginia Wesleyan University
OF - Joe Hall, Eastern Mennonite University
OF - Cole Migliorini, Randolph-Macon College
DH - Jake Loew, Shenandoah University
UTIL - Rick Spiers, Randolph-Macon College 

SP - Colin Morse, Shenandoah University
SP - Hunter Peck, Ferrum College
SP - Mike Thomas, Christopher Newport University
RP - Joe Burris, Christopher Newport University
RP - Tyler Hott, Shenandoah University 

Second Team

C - Dan Cameron, Shenandoah University
1B - Luke Nussman, Shenandoah University
2B - Ty Comer, Ferrum College
3B - Keith Roberts, Christopher Newport University
SS - Brandon Kussmaul, Virginia Wesleyan University
OF - Lane Deaver, Ferrum College
OF - Sean Guida, Roanoke College
OF - A.J. Nicely, Christopher Newport University
DH - Brandon Ginch, Christopher Newport University
UTIL - Damon Frazier, Eastern Mennonite University 

SP - Tom Concklin, Washington & Lee University
SP - Mike Brumfield, Newport News Apprentice School
SP - Patrick Monteverde, Virginia Wesleyan University
RP - Danny Devereux, Washington & Lee University
RP - Riley Koonce, Virginia Wesleyan University