Mountain East announces baseball honors


BRIDGEPORT ­— The Mountain East Conference announced its top individual award winners for the 2021 season with Concord's Anthony Stehlin taking Player of the Year honors and Charleston's Logan Campbell earning Pitcher of the Year accolades. UC's Mitchell Vincent was tabbed as the MEC Freshman of the Year, and Wheeling's Ryan Lewicki was selected as the league's Coach of the Year.

Stehlin, a junior shortstop from Woodbridge, Va., is the league's Player of the Year after hitting .450 at the plate for Concord. The average currently ranks second-best for a season in conference history and is ninth this year in NCAA Division II. He's reached base safely in all 33 games this year and had a 19-game hitting streak during the year. He hit nine doubles, one triple and eight home runs, and also has scored 36 times while driving in 27. He posted a .956 fielding percentage at shortstop and also contributed four saves on the mound for CU.

Campbell, a senior from Sparta, Mich., is the MEC Pitcher of the Year after posting a perfect 8-0 record with a 3.35 ERA. His eight wins rank 12th-best in the country. He led the league in hits allowed per nine innings (6.14), strikeouts (76) and strikeouts per nine innings (14.15). He struck out at least five batters in every start he made this season.

Vincent, a native of Liberty Township, Ohio, played at third for UC and made 28 starts while hitting .368. He had 10 extra-base hits on the year, including seven doubles, two triples and a home run. He scored 26 times and drove in 22. (Freshman of the Year candidates were limited this year to only include players who graduated high school in 2020.)

Lewicki is the league's Coach of the Year after leading the Cardinals to a historic turnaround that included the North Division title. After winning just a combined 27 games from 2017-19, the Cardinals won a school-record 27 games this spring in his first full season at the helm. (WU was 9-4 last season before the season was canceled.)

In addition to wins, Wheeling set program records in eight other major statistical categories this season. As divisional champs, Lewicki has the Cardinals in the postseason for the first time since 2011.

The All-MEC teams and awards are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.

All-MEC First Team

Pos. Name School Cl.

C Drew Hefner Charleston Sr.

1B Matt Harrison W.Va. State Sr.

2B Zack Saryeldin Concord R-Fr.

SS Anthony Stehlin Concord Jr.

3B Luis Dominguez Wheeling Sr.

Utility Jacob Murray Wheeling So.

DH Tre'von Smith Glenville State Jr.

OF Hayden Cartt Charleston Jr.

OF Ty Helmke West Liberty So.

OF Chris Iazetta Wheeling Jr.

OF Colby Johnson Charleston Sr. .

SP Logan Campbell Charleston Sr.

SP Ethan Lauchart W.Va. State Sr.

SP Jared Naida Wheeling So.

SP Colt Webb Charleston Jr.

RP Albert Baez Wheeling Jr.

All-MEC Second Team

Pos. Name School Cl.

C Riley Cameron Wheeling So.

1B Bryce Jackson Frostburg State Jr..

2B Bryce Toussaint Charleston Jr.

SS Ben Ross Notre Dame R-Fr.

3B Evan Antonellis Concord Jr.

Utility Tyler Haskins Fairmont State So.

DH Ryan Roell Frostburg State Sr.

OF Tylyn James Alderson Broaddus Sr.

OF Jack Maruskin Frostburg State Jr.

OF Richard Ortiz Concord R-Fr.

OF Michael Stone W.Va. State Jr.

SP Trent Abernathy Concord Sr.

SP Ian Brady West Liberty Jr.

SP Austin Henrich Charleston Sr.

SP Aidan Massad Alderson Broaddus Jr.

SP Adam Riggleman Glenville State So.

RP Jacob Bradley W.Va. State Sr. .

All-MEC Honorable Mention

C: Chasen Claus (AB); 1B: Tyler Dellerman (UC); 2B: Andrew Stone (WVSU); SS: Braxton Boddorf (UC); 3B: Lane Casto (AB); Utility: Kaden Blomquist (WLU), Andrew Smith (FROST); DH: Matt Kline (WVSU); OF: Justin Brown (FAIR), Cameron Sheets (AB), Jack Skantze (WU), Colby Werry (GSC); SP: Brady Biglin (NDC), Austin Mora (NDC), Logan Pillars (WU), Michael Rotenberry (FAIR); RP: Seth Nightingale (UC)

Top Honors

Freshman of the Year: Mitchell Vincent (UC)

Player of the Year: Anthony Stehlin (CU)

Pitcher of the Year: Logan Campbell (UC)

Coach of the Year: Ryan Lewicki (WU)

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