Bishop, Buchhorn earn ABCA All-Region honors

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – Alex Bishop and Trenton Buchhorn were two of the most productive hitters in the nation this season for the UT Tyler Patriots and have earned 2016 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-West Region second-team honors.

Buchhorn led the American Southwest Conference with 60 RBI in his junior season, while Bishop established a new program record with 22 doubles and was third in the ASC with 72 hits in his sophomore campaign. Buchhorn was also selected to the ASC first-team, while Bishop was a second-team all-ASC selection for the Patriots who won their second straight ASC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship where they earned two wins last weekend in Spokane before seeing their season end at 32-19 with a 3-2 loss to Pacific Lutheran.

The ABCA All-Region teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America Committee. ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans and Gold Glove winners will be announced on Thursday.

Buchhorn, an infielder who played shortstop, second base and third base, transferred to UT Tyler this season after serving as a student assistant coach at Tyler Junior College. After not playing in three seasons, Buchhorn didn’t miss a beat and immediately became one of the most feared hitters in the UT Tyler lineup. He would produce 60 RBI this season which is the second most in program history and only three behind Brett Amyx who drove in 63 runs in the 2007 season and would also hit seven triples which is second only behind his teammate, Graham Welch, who established a new record with 10 this season. Buchhorn hit .318 for the season with 17 doubles, seven triples and was tied with Bishop for the team lead with six home runs.

Along with his six home runs, Bishop finished the season with 22 doubles, three triples and drove in 53 runs. A left-handed hitter like Buchhorn, Bishop hit .407 and owned a .524 on-base percentage with a team-leading 36 walks and was hit 13 times.

Bishop and Buchhorn both started all 51 games for the Patriots and were two of 11 all-region selections from the conference.

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.

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,200 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 73rd annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 5-8, 2017 in Anaheim, California.

2016 West-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams
NCAA Div. III West All-Region First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Drew Butler Sr. Trinity TX
1B Conner Combs Jr. East Texas Baptist TX
2B Tanner Nishioka Jr. Pomona Pitzer CA
2B Zack de Luna Jr. Hardin-Simmons TX
3B Davey Casciola Sr. Cal Lutheran CA
SS Connor Moore Sr. Trinity TX
OF Tyler Bates Sr. East Texas Baptist TX
OF Jeremy Wolf Sr. Trinity TX
OF Walker Olis Sr. Pacific OR
OF Will Cates Sr. Southwestern TX
DH Devon DeRaad Jr. Occidental CA
UT Taylor Cooling So. Hardin-Simmons TX
P Lane Hobbs Jr. Concordia TX
P Nathan Malinovsky Fr. Texas Lutheran TX
P Garrett Brown Sr. Pacific Lutheran WA
NCAA Div. III West All-Region Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Chris Zapata So. Centenary LA
C Andrew Reichenbach Jr. George Fox OR
1B Alex Bishop So. Texas-Tyler TX
2B Chad Clark Jr. Cal Lutheran CA
3B Joseph Zimmer So. Whitman College WA
SS Trenton Buchhorn Jr. Texas-Tyler TX
OF Kurtis Kloke Jr. Pacific OR
OF Jeremy Druffel Sr. Whitworth WA
OF Michael Schimpf Jr. Centenary LA
OF Jake Raynaud Jr. Whittier CA
DH Adam Kowalczyk Sr. Belhaven MS
P Will Martel Fr. Occidental CA
P David Gerics Jr. Pomona Pitzer CA
P Trey Saito Jr. Cal Lutheran CA
P Michael Walker Sr. Trinity TX
P Scott Ericksen Sr. Occidental CA
RP Chris Tate Jr. Trinity TX
NCAA Div. III West All-Region Third Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Jakob Thomas So. La Verne CA
1B Ben Andrews Jr. Linfield OR
1B Nicholas Jewett Sr. Trinity TX
2B Chris Scalisi Jr. Redlands CA
3B Konnor Zickefoose Fr. Chapman CA
3B Dynas Doud Sr. East Texas Baptist TX
SS Zach Compton Jr. East Texas Baptist TX
OF Kevin Brice Sr. Pomona Pitzer CA
OF Terrell Hodges Jr. Belhaven MS
OF Jamie Ball Sr. Hardin-Simmons TX
DH Colton Parker Jr. Hardin-Simmons TX
P Hugh Smith Fr. Whitworth WA
P Dustin Wells Jr. George Fox OR
P John White Jr. Redlands CA
P Kaleb Kirk So. Centenary LA
P Evan Peterson Sr. Cal Lutheran CA
P Nick Garcia Sr. Whittier CA
P Nate Wehner So. Cal Lutheran CA
West Region Position Player of the Year: Jeremy Wolf, Trinity
West Region Pitcher of the Year: Lane Hobbs, Concordia