COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior first baseman Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) was tabbed as a Second Team All-American by the NCBWA and D2CCA, both organizations announced.
Both organizations, along with the ABCA, had previously named Childers their Midwest Region Player of the Year. Childers is also a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award as the best player in Division II and remains a candidate for All-American honors from the ABCA as well as Academic All-American consideration from CoSIDA.
Childers is the first Panther since Ryan Colegate in 2015 to earn All-American honors.
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.
Contact: Scott Miles