Seven Baseball Players Recognized On All-Conference Team

Photo by Erinn Kaucher
Photo by Erinn Kaucher

INDIANAPOLIS – Senior Genesis Hillard (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) were named First Team All-Great Midwest in voting conducted by the league's head coaches, and five other Ohio Dominican baseball players were also honored by the conference on Tuesday.

Second team selections were seniors Mitchell Bault (Maineville, Ohio) and Noah Bland (Oberlin, Ohio), as well as sophomore Tim Zeller (Mount Vernon, Ohio). Senior Garret Sendelbach (Tiffin, Ohio) and freshman Manny Vorhees (Wapakoneta, Ohio) were honorable mention picks.

Hillard batted .330 this spring, clubbing seven homers and ranking third in the league with 54 RBIs. His 55 runs scored were also fourth in the conference. He had a .441 OBP, slugged .555, and also stole 10 bases. Hillard had 16 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games, including three games with at least five RBIs. He enters the conference tournament on a six-game hitting streak.

Kaucher repeats as a first team all-conference selection and ranks third in the league with a .411 batting average while sitting fifth with a .491 OBP and seventh with a .620 slugging percentage. He's hit six homers and knocked in 50, which is fourth in the conference, and has also stolen 11 bases. Defensively, he's also thrown out 17-of-33 runners. He has 23 multi-hit efforts and 14 multi-RBI games on the spring.

Bault leads the rotation with a 6-5 record and a 3.72 ERA this spring. He's struck out 69 and walked just 11 in 75.0 innings, holding opponents to a .229 batting average against. Bault has thrown three complete games in his 12 starts and has allowed just two earned runs and 11 hits in his last three outings, spanning 21.0 innings.

Bland is a second team all-conference selection for a second straight year, hitting .301 this spring with five homers, 32 RBIs, and 20 steals, ranking third in the G-MAC in that category. He's also scored 43 runs and hit 10 doubles. Bland has 15 multi-hit efforts on the spring and 10 multi-RBI performances and started all 50 games for the Panthers.

Zeller has had success at the plate and on the mound, hitting .336 this spring with eight homers and 40 RBIs while also stealing 14 bases in 43 starts in the infield. He has 14 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI performances. On the mound, he's 4-0 with a 2.78 ERA and seven saves. In 22.2 innings, he's struck out 26 and has limited opponents to a .209 batting average.

Sendelbach entered the conference tournament with a 5-4 record and a 4.55 ERA, having twirled three complete games. He led the team with 13 starts and struck out 46 batters in 67.2 innings this year. The southpaw has a 17-11 career record and has logged 232.2 innings for the Panthers.

Vorhees was a dual-threat player for the Panthers, making 50 starts in the field and appearing in 11 games in relief. At the plate, he batted .293 with three homers and 33 RBIs while also stealing 10 bases and scoring 41 runs. On the mound, he registered a 3-1 record with a save, fanning 21 in 19.1 innings and allowing just 15 hits.

Ohio Dominican enters the G-MAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed and will take on No. 7 Tiffin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Prasco Park.