@UTTylerBaseball lands four on D3baseball All-West Region

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – Daniel Williams has been named to the D3baseball.com All-West Region First-Team after matching a UT Tyler record with 79 hits in a season, while Trenton Buchhorn earned second-team honors with a team-leading .409 batting average and pitchers Cody Brown and Ryan Cheatham were selected to the third-team.

D3BASEBALL.COM AWARDS

UT Tyler matched a single-season record with 39 wins this season and won the American Southwest Conference regular-season and tournament championships.

A senior from Katy, Williams put together one of the best offensive seasons in program history with 13 doubles, eight home runs 58 singles and 53 RBI as the team’s designated hitter. Williams hit .395 in 200 at-bats and had 23 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI performances. He played two seasons for the Patriots after transferring in as a junior and finished his two-year career with 11 home runs, 72 RBI and 26 doubles. Williams was also named to the ASC first-team.

Buchhorn earned second-team honors after putting together another great season for the Patriots where he had 11 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 36 RBI. A senior from Arlington, Buchhorn missed 12 games due to injury in the middle of the ASC schedule but would come back to continue producing at a high level for his team. Buchhorn, who was second in the conference with his batting average, earned ASC first-team honors and with 54 hits in 132 at-bats. He transferred in as a junior and finished his two-year career at UT Tyler with 118 hits and 96 RBI. His nine career triples are the fourth most in program history.

On the mound, Brown and Cheatham were nothing short of dominant throughout their first seasons with the Patriots. A senior from Fulshear, Brown would baffle hitters throughout a year where he earned four ASC Pitcher of the Week honors and had a 10-3 record. Brown was a win away from matching the program’s single-season record for wins and completed the year with 90 strikeouts and a 2.79 ERA in 84 innings or work. He led the ASC in strikeouts and is 21st in the nation. Brown, who threw five complete games and two shutouts, transferred in as a senior after two seasons at TJC and one at Sam Houston and had the fifth most strikeouts in a season in program history. Cheatham is a junior from Whitehouse who went 9-0 for the Patriots in his first season at UT Tyler. Cheatham finished with 52 strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA and limited opponents to a .214 batting average. His nine wins without a loss are the most since in program history since Brett Holland went 11-0 in the 2008 season.

The 2017 season marks the sixth year that D3baseball.com has named All-Region teams, with 800 players nominated. The ballot was then made available to SIDs, who voted for a predetermined number of players in their region, as well as D3baseball.com staff and contributors. 

For each of the eight regions, there is a regional player of the year (a batter), a pitcher of the year, a rookie of the year (must be a freshman) and a coach of the year.

2017 D3baseball.com All-West Region

Players were nominated for these awards by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools.

Player of the Year: Tanner Nishioka, 2B, Sr., Pomona-Pitzer
Pitcher of the Year: Felix Minjarez, SP, Jr., Redlands
Rookie of the Year: Matt Voelzke, UT, George Fox
Coach of the Year:
 Mike Diaz, Centenary (La.)

First team
Pos. Name Team Yr. Hometown
C Chris Zapata Centenary (La.) Jr. Saratoga, Calif.
1B Conner Combs East Texas Baptist Sr. Southlake, Texas
2B Tanner Nishioka Pomona-Pitzer Sr. Honolulu, Hawaii
SS Ben Welch Pacific Lutheran Sr. Shoreline, Wash.
3B Tyler Cook Chapman Sr. Tustin, Calif.
OF Scott Hilpert Linfield Sr. Spokane Valley, Wash.
OF Michael Schimpf Centenary (La.) Sr. Shreveport, La.
OF Jakob Thomas La Verne Sr. Murrieta, Calif.
DH Daniel Williams Texas Tyler Sr. Katy, Texas
UT Cole Lavergne Centenary (La.) Sr. Sulpher, La.
SP Jaime Andriot Texas Dallas Jr. Plano, Texas
SP Cason Cunningham Linfield So. Eugene, Ore.
SP Felix Minjarez Redlands Jr. Riverside, Calif.
RP Aaron Barteau Mary Hardin-Baylor Sr. Dallas, Texas
Second team
Pos. Name Team Yr. Hometown
C Rainer Aguilar Redlands Jr. San Bernardino, Calif.
1B Barry Casey Texas-Dallas Jr. Southlake, Texas
2B Landon Packard Pacific Lutheran Sr. Puyallup, Wash.
SS Aaron Quintanilla Centenary (La.) Sr. Houston, Texas
3B Ben Andrews Linfield Sr. Shoreline, Wash.
OF Trenton Buchhorn Texas-Tyler Sr. Arlington, Texas
OF Josh Covey Texas-Dallas Jr. Tomball, Texas
OF Joseph Zimmer Whitman Jr. Billings, Mont.
DH Scott Walters Trinity (Texas) Sr. Tomball, Texas
UT Christopher Peres La Verne So. Burbank, Calif.
SP Matthew Devillier Centenary (La.) So. Lake Charles, La.
SP Kaleb Kirk Centenary (La.) Jr. Nacogdoches, Texas
SP Riley Newman Linfield Sr. Salem, Ore.
RP Chris Tate Trinity (Texas) Sr. Chandler, Ariz.
Third team
Pos. Name Team Yr. Hometown
C Gavin Blodgett Chapman Jr. Fullerton, Calif.
1B Jared Love Chapman Jr. Brea, Calif.
2B Max Weinstein Cal Lutheran Jr. Canyon Country, Calif.
SS Aaron Singh Redlands So. Anaheim, Calif.
3B Connor Scruggs Texas Dallas Jr. Garland, Texas
OF Justin Crider Ozarks Jr. Dallas, Texas
OF Gabe Gunter Cal Lutheran Sr. Kula, Hawaii
OF Jordan Stickler University of Dallas So. Grand Rapids, Mich.
DH Cody Crowder Centenary (La.) Fr. Shepherd, Texas
UT Matt Voelzke George Fox Fr. Lake Oswego, Ore.
SP Cody Brown Texas Tyler Sr. Fulshear, Texas
SP Ryan Cheatham Texas Tyler Jr. Whitehouse, Texas
SP Marshall Pautsch Cal Lutheran Sr. San Clemente, Calif.
RP Garrett Atkinson Whitman Sr. Arlington, Wash.