Johnson County Community College
Baseball - Cavaliers produce a record 14 all-conference players
Baseball - Cavaliers produce a record 14 all-conference players
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) released the baseball all-conference performers for the 2017 season, and Johnson County Community College had 14 individuals garner All-East Jayhawk Conference honors. The 14 selections set a new team record, breaking the previous mark of 13 set in 2015.
First-team all-conference honors went to sophomore pitchers Brendan Stanek and Davis Schwab, and freshman designated hitter Tanner Padgett. Stanek was also named the East Jayhawk Conference Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, Stanek and Padgett were named to the NJCAA All-Region VI team. Stanek was a first-team selection, and Padgett earned second-team honors.
Second-team honors went to sophomore third baseman Brandt Ollinger and freshman outfielder Brian Sullivan, and freshman catcher Jake Karst, sophomore first baseman Matt Warkentin, sophomore shortstop Nick McMurray, sophomore outfielder Troy Daring Jr., sophomore Maurice Bruce, freshman outfielder Daonte Lowery, sophomore pitcher Tyler LaPlante, sophomore pitcher Brennan Lewis and freshman relief pitcher Briley Buckley earned honorable mention accolades.
Stanek finished the 2017 season with a perfect 8-0 record with an earned run average of 1.48 and 72 strikeouts. Stanek started 13 games, completing five with three shutouts, which ranks third in the NJCAA. His 1.48 ERA is currently the eight-best in the country. During the season, Stanek was named the Jayhawk Conference Pitcher of the Week four times, most by any player in the conference. He pitched two one-hitters and a two-hitter during the campaign.
Schwab posted an 8-2 record and an ERA of 2.56. He led the team with six complete games, including two shutouts, and was second on the staff with 77 strikeouts. His six complete games tied for the lead in the conference, and ranks sixth nationally. Schwab was twice selected as the conference pitcher of the week, earning the honors n weeks eight and 11.
Padgett put up impressive offensive numbers for a freshman. He batted .382 (86-for-225) with 14 doubles, a triple, 16 home runs, 53 runs scored and 61 runs batted in. His 86 led the team and ranked fourth in the conference and 14th in the NJCAA. His 16 round trippers tied for the team lead and fifth in the conference. His 86 hits are most ever by a freshman, and tie the second-most in a season in team history, and his 16 home runs tie for eighth. He produced 25 multiple-hit games, including a five-hit effort in JCCC’s 14-8 win over Hutchinson in the Region VI Tournament. His 25-multi-hit games tie him for fifth most in a season. He also had 18 multi-RBI games, including a six RBI effort in a 16-5 win at Highland. That total ties him for fifth in a season. His five hits tie the single-game record at JCCC, and his six-RBIs tie ninth-best game.
Ollinger finished the season hitting .329 (73-for-222) with 15 doubles, a team-leading five triples, nine home runs, 54 runs scored and 45 RBI. He also had 19 multiple-hit, and nine multiple-RBI games. During a stretch from March 12 to April 12, Ollinger hit safely in 23 straight games, giving him the second longest hitting streak in team history, just one shy of the record. He hit .421 over that span (32-for-76) with five doubles, three triples, three homers and 20 RBI. Ollinger finished his career with 143 hits, seventh all-time, and had 39 multi-hit games, tying him for third on the Cavaliers’ career chart. He also ranks 10th in career doubles (30), tied for ninth in career home runs (16), 10th in career RBI (93) and sixth in career multi-RBI games (22).
Sullivan capped his freshman season leading the Cavaliers with a .407 batting average (57-for-140). He also collected 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 39 RBI and 37 runs. His numbers would have been even better, but he suffered an injury in mid-April that kept him out of the line-up until the first round of the Region VI playoffs May 5. Despite missing 15 game, Sullivan still produced 16 multiple-hit games and nine multi-RBI games.
Karst hit .325 (62-for-191) with 16 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 36 driven in and 56 runs scored. He also collected 15 multiple-hit, nine multiple-RBI games and a 14-game hitting streak in the late March and early April.
Warkentin put numbers this season that were more worthy of first-team honors. He batted .359 (85-for-237) with 22 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 70 driven in and 66 runs. He led the Cavaliers in doubles, RBI and runs, tied for lead in homers and was second in hits. Nationally he was ninth in double, 15th in RBI and 17th in hits. He registered a team-best 27 multiple-hit and 23 multiple-RBI games. His 27 multi-hit games rank as the third-most recorded in a season at JCCC, and his 23 multi-RBI games tie for fifth. Warkentin also now ranks second in at bats, third in hits, third in doubles, tied for eighth in home runs and fourth in RBI. During the Region VI Tournament in Wichita, Warkentin was a one-man wrecking crew. He hit .600 (12-for-20) with four doubles, a home run, five RBI and five runs, which earned him all-tournament recognition.
McMurray hit .355 (76-for-214) with 13 doubles, three triples, 31 RBI and 48 runs scored. His 76 were third most on the team and tie him for 12th on the Cavaliers’ season hits chart. He also drew a team-high 44 walks, which ranked second in the conference, 14th in the NJCAA and fourth on JCCC’s season chart. On the year, McMurray also had 22 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI games. McMurray finished his career with 132 hits, 11th all-time in team history. He also ranks eighth in career at bats (381), second in multi-hit games (40), tied for 12th in RBI (92) and seventh in walks (67). Additionally, McMurray set the single season and career marks for sacrifices. He had 20 in 2017, and 26 over his career.
Daring Jr., hit .340 (50-for-147) with nine doubles, three triple, eight home run, 30 RBI and 34 runs scored. He had 15 multiple-hit and five multiple-RBI games, including a six RBI performance in a 17-7 win over Ellsworth on Feb. 18. Four came on his grand slam blast in the fourth inning in that win. That effort ties the ninth-best RBI game in team history. Daring Jr., was also solid in the field, committing just two errors in 46 chances.
Bruce hit .339 (42-for-124) with eight doubles, a triple, five home runs, 29 RBI and 27 runs scored. He 14 multiple-hit and six-multiple-RBI games. Bruce also displayed solid defensive skills in the outfield, committing just two errors in 47 fielding chances.
Lowery hit .317 (51-for-161) with seven doubles, two triples, a home run, 31 RBI and 36 runs scored. He also collected 12 multiple-hit and seven multiple-hit games. He also tied for the team lead with 13 stolen bases.
LaPlante made 13 appearances on the hill, seven as a starter. He posted a 3-2 record with 56 strikeouts in 44.2 innings and an ERA of 4.23. For his career, LaPlante was 7-2 with 144 strikeouts in 116 innings of work. His 144 career strikeouts are second-most in team history.
Lewis made 17 appearances on the mound, nine as a starter. He was 4-3 overall, with 54 strikeouts in 58.2 innings with an ERA of 5.22. He was 8-6 in his two years at JCCC, with 111 strikeouts over 123.2 innings pitched, 12th most innings in team history.
Buckley led the pitching staff with 25 appearances, all in relief. He led the staff in with nine and strikeouts with 84. His nine victories tie for eighth on the season chart, and his 84 strikeouts tie the seventh highest season total and sixth in the conference. Buckley also recorded three saves. At the Region VI Tournament, Buckley did not allow a run and only two hits in his 6.1 innings of work and was named to the all-tournament team.