Five HBCU Baseball Players Selected To 2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Region Teams

Post season awards continue to pour in for HBCU Baseball players. The American Baseball Coaches Association, along with Rawlings Sporting Goods Company (ABCA/Rawlings), presented its 2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Region teams for the eight regions across the country. The regional first and second teams are voted on by members of the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee.

Five players from three HBCU Baseball programs from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) were selected on the NCAA Division I Central and East All-Region First and Second Team. Alabama State outfielders Yamil Pagan was a first team selection along with Southern University’s Javeyan Williams. Second team members include Alabama State catcher Santiago Garcia, Delaware State Garrett Lawson and Southern third baseman Tyler LaPorte.

Pagan batted .341 with 4 doubles, 4 triples and 14 home runs, while driving in 52 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.

Williams had a .388 batting average, with 9 doubles, 7 triples, 4 home runs, 41 runs driven in and 26 stolen bases in 26 attempts.

Garcia hit .328, with 16 doubles, 9 home runs and 63 runs batted in.

Lawson in 81.0 innings pitched, (7-4) 1.89 earned run average with 100 strikeouts.

LaPorte batting .389 with 17 doubles, 5 triples, 64 runs driven in and 21 stolen bases.

ABCA/Rawlings will announce it’s NCAA Div. I All-Americans on Saturday, June 15, finalists for the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I Gold Glove Team will be announced June 17, and the Gold Glove winners in all divisions will be announced on June 19.

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the organization for collegiate baseball coaches with over 11,000 members that represent all 50 states and 23 countries which includes NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth.

2019 Central-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams
NCAA Div. I Central All-Region First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Pedro Pages Jr. Florida Atlantic FL
C Chase Smartt Sr. Troy AL
1B Sonny DiChiara Fr. Samford AL
2B Nate Fisbeck Jr. McNeese State LA
3B Chad Bell Sr. Louisiana Monroe LA
SS Hayden Cantrelle So. Louisiana LA
OF Yamil Pagan Sr. Alabama State AL
OF Ethan Wilson Fr. South Alabama AL
OF Javeyan Williams Sr. Southern LA
OF Jake Sanford Jr. Western Kentucky KY
DH Riley Pittman Sr. Arkansas-Little Rock AR
P Matt Canterino Jr. Rice TX
P Corey Gaconi Sr. Southeastern Louisiana LA
P Zach Hester Jr. Samford AL
RP Reeves Martin Jr. New Orleans LA
RP Zach Greene Sr. South Alabama AL
NCAA Div. I Central All-Region Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Santiago Garcia So. Alabama State AL
1B Mason Mallard Sr. Louisiana Tech LA
1B Joe Davis Sr. Houston TX
2B Francisco Urbaez Jr. Florida Atlantic FL
3B Tyler LaPorte Sr. Southern LA
SS Drew Frederic Jr. Troy AL
SS Dalton Shuffield So. Texas State TX
OF Colton Cowser Fr. Sam Houston State TX
OF Rigsby Mosley So. Troy AL
OF Jordan Fucci Jr. Samford AL
DH Andrew Dunlap Sr. Rice TX
P Cody Davenport Sr. Central Arkansas AR
P Logan Allen So. Florida International FL
P Hayden Wesneski Jr. Sam Houston State TX
P Alex Palmer Jr. Stephen F. Austin TX
RP Andrew Gross Sr. UT Arlington TX


2019 East-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams
NCAA Div. I East All-Region First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Logan Driscoll Jr. George Mason VA
1B Dom D’Alessandro Sr. George Washington DC
2B Peyton Sorrels Sr. La Salle PA
3B Tyler Plantier Gr. Richmond VA
SS Greg Jones So. UNC Wilmington NC
OF Andy Garriola Fr. Old Dominion VA
OF Myles Nicholson So. Mount St. Mary’s MD
OF Nico Popa Jr. Pittsburgh PA
DH Liam Hibbits So. Virginia Commonwealth VA
P Connor Gillispie Jr. Virginia Commonwealth VA
P Alek Manoah Jr. West Virginia WV
P Noah Song Sr. Navy MD
RP Nick Robertson Jr. James Madison VA
NCAA Div. I East All-Region Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Christian Hodge Sr. Navy MD
1B Vinnie Pasquantino Jr. Old Dominion VA
2B Paul Witt Jr. Virginia Commonwealth VA
3B Cole Weiss Jr. UNC Wilmington NC
3B Bryce Windham Sr. Old Dominion VA
SS Patrick Causa Sr. Mount St. Mary’s MD
SS Nate Fassnacht Jr. George Washington DC
OF Kep Brown Jr. UNC Wilmington NC
OF Darius Hill Sr. West Virginia WV
OF Connor Perry Sr. Pittsburgh PA
DH Hunter Smith Sr. William & Mary VA
P Garrett Lawson Jr. Delaware State DE
P Bodie Sheehan Sr. William & Mary VA
P Nick Snyder Jr. West Virginia WV
RP Connor Hinchliffe Sr. La Salle PA


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