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Thomas More College head baseball coach Jeff Hetzer has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Coach of the Year and nine Saints have been named All-PAC by the conference’s head coaches.
Hetzer, in his 14th season with Thomas More, guided the second-seeded Saints to a 3-0 record at last weekend’s PAC Championship Tournament to claim the league title. The Coach of the Year award is Hetzer’s second (2011). This year’s championship is the third for the Saints (2014, 2011, 2010) since joining the PAC in 2006. The Saints will making their sixth appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship this week, including their fourth in the last five years.
The Saints open up NCAA Division III Championship play Wednesday as No. 7 seed at the Mideast Regional, hosted by Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, and will play the No. 2 seed Case Western Reserve University. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Two Saints softball players named All-Central Region
Thomas More College sophomore shortstop Ana Walter and sophomore pitcher/right fielder Mamee Salzer have been named All-Central Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
Walter, who was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Year and first team All-PAC last week, was a first team All-Region selection. She led the PAC in hits (62), runs scored (38), runs batted-in (37) and total bases (93) to go along with a PAC-best .493 average with runners in scoring position. Walter also tied for second in doubles (14) and was third in batting average (.440), slugging percentage (.660), on-base percentage (.500) and home runs (5). She was also a perfect five-for-five in stolen base attempts.
Salzer, a two-time first team All-PAC selection, was named second team All-Region. This season, she led the PAC in earned run average (1.61), was second in victories (17-3) and opponent batting average (.218), fourth in strikeouts (80) and fifth in innings pitched (113.1). At the plate, Salzer batted .315 with two home runs, two triples, four doubles and 59 RBI.
The Saints finished the season at 31-12 and won the PAC regular season title, while also receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. The Saints went 1-2 at the Chicago Regional.
(From Thomas More Athletics)