Several From HBCU Baseball Make 2023 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II All-Region Teams Announced

The 2023 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-Region Teams and Regional Players of the Year were announced today for all eight regions. The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. II All-America Committee.

Several From HBCU baseball made the 2023 ABCA/Rawlings list. The list includes first and second teams. The awards are given out based on performance as top student athletic for their respective baseball programs.

ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-America teams will be announced Friday, June 2 with the ABCA Region All-Defensive teams for all divisions being announced on Monday, June 19. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams for all divisions will be announced on Wednesday, June 21.

The ABCA All-America team was first recognized in 1949 and now includes nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and high school. ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were first recognized in 2007.

HBCU baseball players who were selected Include…


Second Team: 

Bluefield State Outfielder Jordan Varela-Payne

Bluefield State Shortstop: Tahir Meulens

2023 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II All-Region Teams–Atlantic Region
NCAA Div. II Atlantic All-Region First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Tyler Dellerman Gr. Charleston WV
1B Kyle West So. Charleston WV
2B Santino Marra So. California PA
3B Jack Oberdorf Sr. Seton Hill PA
SS Thomas Caufield Sr. Millersville PA
INF Ross Mulhall Sr. Shepherd WV
OF Giano Zuccaro So. Charleston WV
OF Josh Adkins Gr. Concord WV
OF Bren Taylor Sr. Millersville PA
OF Sam Daggers So. Shepherd WV
DH Braden Durham Sr. Seton Hill PA
UT Luke Trueman Sr. Slippery Rock PA
P Chase Nowak Gr. East Stroudsburg PA
P Tom Reisinger Jr. East Stroudsburg PA
P Jarrett Heilman Jr. Mercyhurst PA
P Carson Kulina Gr. Millersville PA
RP Blake Barker So. Seton Hill PA
NCAA Div. II Atlantic All-Region Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Vincenzo Rauso Sr. Seton Hill PA
1B Ethan Kiple Jr. Frostburg State MD
2B Randy Steen So. Frostburg State MD
3B Braden Killens So. Wheeling WV
SS Tahir Meulens Jr. Bluefield State WV
SS Scott McManamon Sr. Clarion PA
INF Jimmy Losh Gr. Millersville PA
OF Jordan Varela-Payne Sr. Bluefield State WV
OF Ethan Martini Jr. Kutztown PA
OF Dylan Broderick Sr. Pitt-Johnstown PA
OF Jack Whalen Fr. Seton Hill PA
DH Markus Cestra Sr. IUP PA
UT Chandler Ballenger Sr. Alderson Broaddus WV
UT Gavin Moretski Sr. Kutztown PA
P Andrew Neff Jr. Concord WV
P Jacob Stretch So. Frostburg State MD
P Kevin Vaupel Sr. Seton Hill PA
P Brandon Bergert Jr. Seton Hill PA
RP Cole Peschl So. Charleston WV
Atlantic Region Position Player of the Year: Bren Taylor, Sr., Millersville
Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year: Jarrett Heilman, Jr., Mercyhurst


Second Team

Albany State Starting Pitcher Jeremiah Reddell

Savannah State Starting Pitcher Enrico Peele

Kentucky State First Base Joseph Esparaza

Savannah State Outfielder Joe Smith

2023 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II All-Region Teams–South Region
NCAA Div. II South All-Region First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Drew Cavanaugh So. Florida Southern FL
1B Darrien McDowell So. West Florida FL
2B Reed Latimer Sr. Montevallo AL
3B Sam Kuchinski Sr. Montevallo AL
SS JD Urso So. Tampa FL
INF Michael Ballard So. Eckerd FL
OF Malachi Cloud Fr. Lee TN
OF EJ Cumbo Jr. Tampa FL
OF Jordan Lala Sr. Tampa FL
OF Anthony Calabro Jr. West Georgia GA
DH JP Gates Gr. Valdosta State GA
UT Landon Ezzell Sr. Alabama Huntsville AL
P Carlos Rey Jr. Nova Southeastern FL
P Tanner Folds Fr. Shorter GA
P Alex Canney So. Tampa FL
P Dalton Neuschwander So. West Florida FL
RP Will Hotalen Jr. Alabama Huntsville AL
NCAA Div. II South All-Region Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Luke Mitchell Fr. Montevallo AL
1B Joseph Esparza Jr. Kentucky State KY
2B Adams Torres Sr. Rollins FL
3B Michael Rich Jr. West Alabama AL
SS Blake Vineyard So. West Alabama AL
INF Sam Ladner Jr. West Georgia GA
OF Braden Forchic Jr. Barry FL
OF Bryce Safferwich So. Florida Southern FL
OF Joe Smith Sr. Savannah State GA
OF Kobe Jones Jr. Shorter GA
DH Joe Stella So. Barry FL
UT Connor Berry Sr. Florida Southern FL
P Jeremiah Reddell So. Albany State GA
P Mike Reagan Sr. Barry FL
P Drew Dwyer Sr. Lynn FL
P Enrico Peele Sr. Savannah State GA
RP Nick Jennings Sr. Saint Leo FL
SouthRegion Position Player of the Year: Sam Kuchinski, Sr., Montevallo
South Region Pitcher of the Year: Dalton Neuschwander, So., West Florida


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