by Alex Cooper, sports information student assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA. – The Georgia College baseball team placed three players on the Daktronics All-Southeast Region teams, recently announced by the organization. Catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) and designated hitter Taylor Hinshaw (Winder, Ga.) were picked for the first team, while first baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) made the second squad.
Hazel is batting .379, while hitting 13 home runs, 17 doubles and driving in 53 Bobcats. His 13 home runs lead the team, as well as his .722 slugging percentage. Hazel has caught 47 of the Bobcats' 50 games this season.
Hinshaw is hitting at a .360 clip, with 17 doubles, eight home runs and 64 RBI. His RBI numbers lead the Bobcats this season.
Ardeeser leads the Bobcats in hitting with a .424 batting average. His average is best in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) and good for ninth in all of Division II Baseball. He added 10 home runs, 19 doubles and 62 RBI as well. His doubles are the best for a Bobcat this year.
All time, the Bobcats have now had 17 players selected to the Daktronics All-Region teams, a program started in 2007. Hazel becomes the first catcher in Bobcat history to make the first team, while Ardeeser is the only first baseman to make either team. Hinshaw is the second designated hitter to be selected to the first team, following Cody Mass from 2012.
As first-team selections, Hazel and Hinshaw will move on to the All-America ballot. The Daktronics All-America programs honor student-athletes in Division II athletic programs. The voting, nomination and calculations are all conducted by the school's sports information directors.
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