BLUE ASH, Ohio – After his spectacular career at Ohio Dominican wrapped up on Monday, senior first baseman Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) was recognized on Tuesday night as the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Male Collegiate Achievement Award winner.
This award is based upon an individual's academic excellence, athletic achievements, character, leadership and engagement within the community and conference.
Off the field, Childers was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American team and has been named to the 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-District list, with voting still to come on All-American. He carried a 3.46 GPA in Finance & Accounting/Economics in the classroom at ODU.
He also made an impact on his community through several organizations including the Challenge League, Royal Reader Program, STRIDE Adaptive Sports and the All-Star Academy. He assisted with the reading development of students at Royal Manor Elementary School since 2014 and has been working with over 200 kids to work on their baseball and softball skills as a summer camp counselor.
On the field, Childers picked up a bevy of awards and helped the baseball program win the G-MAC North Division title this spring, qualify for the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament, and make it to the regional championship round.
This spring, he was named the G-MAC Player of the Year and D2CCA Midwest Region Player of the Year while also being named to the NCBWA Midwest Region's first team. He finished the season by batting .407 in 50 games with 20 doubles, 13 homers and 48 RBIs, while also legging out five triples and scoring 76 runs. He drew 45 walks to help account for a .540 on-base percentage and slugged .786 this spring as well. Childers was twice named the G-MAC North Division Player of the Week as well.
Last year, Childers was a consensus Second Team All-American and Midwest Region Player of the Year while also being named the GLIAC Player of the Year. A finalist for the Tino Martinez Award as the best player in Division II and a two-time GLIAC Player of the Week, he led Division II in batting average (.451) and slugging percentage (.846) while ranking fifth in OBP (.526). He totaled 14 homers, 17 doubles, five triples, 60 RBIs and 62 runs on the season.
For his career, Childers played in 195 games, amassing a .375 lifetime batting average (259-for-691) with 52 doubles, 13 triples, 35 homers, and 170 RBIs. He scored 213 runs, drew 111 walks, stole 34 bases, had a .468 OBP and a .640 slugging percentage for the Panthers.
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