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Baseball-Cavaliers produce record 12 all-conference honors

05/21/14

Baseball-Cavaliers produce record 12 all-conference honors

Aaron Schnurbusch

Aaron Schnurbusch

Coach Kent Shelley

Kent Shelley

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) released the baseball all-conference performers for the 2014 season, and Johnson County Community College had 11 individuals garner 12 All-East Jayhawk Conference honors. Additionally, head coach Kent Shelley was named the East Jayhawk Coach of the Year for the first time of his career, and sophomore pitcher/outfielder Aaron Schnurbusch was selected the conference MVP. He joins Doug Otto and Davis Morgan as the only JCCC players to earn that award. The 12 total selections are the most in a single season in team history.

First-team all-conference honors went to Schnurbusch at pitcher, freshman shortstop L.J. Hatch and sophomore pitcher Connor Miller. Schnurbusch also earned second-team honors in the outfield, along with freshman first baseman Anthony Miller and pitcher Derek Hurt. Freshman second baseman Alex Alvarez, third baseman Hayden Steele, outfielder Riley Landuyt, sophomore pitcher Derek Beier and freshmen pitchers Dalton Gulick and Justin Wyant earned honorable mention accolades. Schnurbusch and Hatch were also named as first-team All-Region VI performers.

Schnurbusch is the best two-way player in the tenure of coach Shelley. He has demonstrated he can win a game with his bat or his arm. This season, Schnurbusch has been nearly unstoppable on the hill. He is 12-1 in 15 starts with 99 strikeouts and a 1.96 ERA. His 12 wins tie for the second-most in the country, and he ranks tied for ninth in strikeouts and 30th in ERA.  At the plate, Schnurbusch is batting .369 (65-for-176) with 18 doubles, six triples, five home runs and 63 RBI.  He leads the team in doubles, triples and RBI, and his 63 RBI tie for 14th in the NJCAA. Twice during the season, Schnurbusch was selected the KJCCC/Verizon Wireless Pitcher of the Week.

Hatch is hitting .320 on the season (65-for-203) with 12 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 50 RBI. In the field, Hatch has been solid with his glove work, producing a fielding percentage of .917. He also has turned a team-high 21 double plays.

Connor Miller is having one of the best pitching seasons in team history. He is 9-2 overall, with a school record 106 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.96. His 106 strikeouts rank fourth in the NJCAA, and his nine wins tie for 20th in the nation. Miller’s most recent win came in the region championship game win over Kansas City Kansas, sending his team to the World Series. Miller pitched 6 2/3 of no-hit relief against the Blue Devils.

Anthony Miller is having an outstanding season with his bat and glove. He is hitting .320 (65-for-203) with 17 doubles, four triples, a team high 12 home runs and 61 RBI. His 12 homers and 61 RBI tie for 18th in the NJCAA. In the field, Miller has a fielding percentage of .994, committing only three errors in 474 fielding chances.

Hurt has been a go-to guy out of the pen this season for JCCC. He has made a team-most 24 appearances on the hill, and has a 6-2 record with a team-high five saves to show for his effort. He also has 52 strikeouts in 39.1 innings of work. His five saves tie for 31st nationally, and tie for sixth on JCCC’s season chart.

Alvarez is hitting .309 (56-for-181) with eight doubles, a team-best seven triples, one homer and 25 RBI. He also has scored 56 runs and stolen 11 bases. With his glove, Alvarez has a .970 fielding percentage.

Steele is hitting at a .331 clip (47-for-142) with eight doubles, a triple, six home runs and 30 driven in. His six homers are second on the team. He has also handled the hot corner well, producing a .917 fielding percentage.

Landuyt ranks second on the team with a .347 average (67-for-193) with 16 doubles, five home runs and 45 RBI. He leads the team in both hits and runs scored with 58, and his 16 doubles are third most. In the field, Landuyt has a .988 fielding percentage, committing one one error in 80 chances.

Beier and Wyant are the third and fourth starters in the rotation. Beier is 7-3 with 1 save and five complete games. He has 76 strikeouts in 73 innings, and an ERA of 4.32. Wyant is 8-2 overall with 45 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.88.

Gulick has the second-most appearances on the hill for the Cavaliers with 19. He has recorded three saves and 24 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. He also leads the staff with an ERA of 1.71.  Gulick earned his first start in the championship game against KCK. He worked 2.1 innings and did not allow a base runner.

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