Bobcat Closer Named ABCA All-Region
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Junior relief pitcher Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) of the Georgia College & State University baseball team was named to the American Association of Baseball Coaches (ABCA) All-Southeast Region First Team, the association announced recently.
A first team All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) choice, Dewald had a standout first season with the Bobcats leading all region closers with 14 saves, a Georgia College record. He also went 5-3 with a 4.20 ERA in a PBC-high 30 appearances, fanning 53 hitters for a whopping 11.7 per nine innings. His saves total was good for third in the nation.
All-time, Georgia College has had 45 ABCA All-Region teams, with 28 first-team selections. Pitcher Michael Newman (2005-08) and outfielder Justin Mills (2004-07) were the most recent first-team choices in 2007. Dewald is the 10th pitcher for Georgia College chosen to first team all-region by the ABCA.
As a first-team choice, Dewald moves on to the All-America ballot, voted on by the coaches.
The Bobcats were 37-19 in the 2009 campaign, the second under head coach Tom Carty. Georgia College finished third in the PBC, making their third trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last four seasons. The Bobcats wound up the season with 154 stolen bases, tying the school record set in 1985.
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1b Daniel Kassouf Belmont Abbey
2b Chas Anthony Erskine
3b Craig Lyerly Catawba
SS Rich Racobaldo Mt. Olive
INF Seth Kivett UNC Pembroke
OF Kevin Dietrich UNC Pembroke
OF Shannon Wilkerson Augusta State
OF Bryan Fogle Erskine
OF Mark Letchworth Wingate
C Ryan Query Catawba
DH Travis Howard USC Aiken
SP Matt McGovern UNC Pembroke
SP Cody Walden Armstrong Atlantic State
SP Nick Fogleman Pfeiffer
SP B.J. Dail Mt. Olive
RP Martin Dewald GCSU
1b Ken Raborn USC Aiken
2b Jason Coker UNC Pembroke
3b Andre Airich North Georgia
SS Barrett Kleinknecht Francis Marion
INF Blair Carson Anderson
OF Cody McMorris USC Aiken
OF Alex Wyche Armstrong Atlantic State
OF Greg Huff Erskine
OF Nate Grabowski Tusculum
C Jared Barkdoll Francis Marion
DH Brian Williams Mars Hill
SP Blake Ketner Catawba
SP Josh Strawn Lincoln Memorial
SP Tyler Powell Belmont Abbey
SP C.J. Hillyer Tusculum
RP Rob Currie Tusculum
Region Player of the Year: Shannon Wilkerson,
Region Pitcher of the Year: Matt McGovern, UNC Pembroke