COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior first baseman Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) was named one of 12 finalists for the Tino Martinez Award, which recognizes the most outstanding Division II baseball player.
Childers is the first Panther to be in consideration for the award, which is named after the former University of Tampa, Olympian and MLB All-Star.
Over the past week, Childers has been named the D2CCA and NCBWA Midwest Region Player of the Year. Also the GLIAC Player of the Year and a two-time GLIAC Player of the Week, Childers batted .451 with 14 homers, 17 doubles, five triples, 60 RBIs, 62 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in 48 games. Through games played as of May 14, Childers ranks second nationally in slugging percentage (.846) and third in batting average while his .526 on-base percentage is ninth.
Childers closed the season with a 14 game hitting streak and had two or more hits in 12 of those games, hitting .609 with six homers, 25 RBIs and 14 walks in that stretch. On the season, he had 28 multi-hit games and 19 multi-RBI games.
In three seasons with the Panthers, Childers has a .363 batting average with 22 homers, 122 RBIs, 32 doubles and 137 runs scored.
Nick Beinlich, Belmont Abbey
Brandon Benson, Georgia College
Justin Childers, Ohio Dominican
Ryan Colombo, Drury
Tyler Curtis, Lynn
Connor Hoover, North Georgia
Bligh Madris, Colorado Mesa
Pablo O'Connor, Azusa Pacific
J.D. Osborne, Tampa
Trevor Rucker, Southern Arkansas
Zack Shannon, Delta State
David Vinsky, Northwood
Honorable Mention: Ivan Acuna, Winston Salem St; Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial; Chad Frazier, Concord; Chris Gonzalez, Mercyhurst; Dylan Harris, St. Leo; Max Hogan, Missouri Southern; Chris Miguel, Rogers St; Patrick O'Donnell, Augustana; Roberto Rivera, UNC Pembroke; Michael Rothmund, Illinois-Springfield; Cameron Santos, Chico State; Luke Setzer, Catawba; Sean Watkins, Cal State LA; Andrew Webster, Barton; Dion Williams, UA Ft. Smith
Contact: Scott Miles