GREENSBORO, N.C. – The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) released its Rawlings Division II All-America honorees Tuesday, with No. 1 Georgia College putting pitcher Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek, Georgia) on the second team and outfielder Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) on the third.
The first consensus Region Pitcher of the Year in program history, Hecht brings in his first All-America trophy. He finished his final season in blue and green at 11-1 with a 3.03 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 104 innings. Hecht is just the fifth pitcher in school history to bring in Rawlings All-America honors, and the first since Martin Dewald was a second-team choice in 2010.
Senior Mattix took a spot on the third team. The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Year, he beat up on opponent pitching for a .400 average, nine home runs, 67 RBIs and 62 runs scored. The first All-America honor in his well-decorated career, Mattix is the eighth outfielder in school history to be chosen to the Rawlings All-America team. The most recent Bobcat outfielder was current assistant coach Jake Sandlin in 2015.
The Bobcat duo makes it 22 ABCA All-Americans in school history, joining Brandon Benson and Cal Gentry last season to make four honorees in head coach Jason Eller's two seasons.
The season has come to a close for the Bobcats, a year in which they went 44-12 with the most Peach Belt Conference (PBC) victories by any team since 1998, and the first back-to-back PBC Tournament titles since 1998 as well. The Bobcats put eight on the All-PBC Teams and six on the All-Region squads, now adding All-America honors for Mattix and Hecht.
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