Braddock, Franz Share Baseball MVP Honors
Shortstop Ethan Braddock and outfielder Carter Franz were selected as the Saint co-MVPs for the season as Franz was among the leading hitters for the Saints and Braddock hit over .300 in addition to turning in stellar performances at shortstop.
Five rookies were in the top six in batting average for the Saints, who went 19-20 on the season and earned a spot in the Liberty League tournament to end the year.
Franz, who played in all 39 games for the Saints hit .326 with 25 runs scored and led the team in hits with 43. He has 11 doubles and four triples, driving in 29 runs and had a .470 slugging percentage. He was also 12 for 14 in stolen bases, leading the team in that category and had nine sacrifices, seven of them bunts. He had four outfield assists defensively and a .942 fielding percentage.
Braddock had a solid .915 fielding percentage at short and was part of 23 double plays for the Saints in addition to hitting .303 and leading the team in runs scored with 32. He had four doubles and a triple, was 10 for 11 in steals and struck out just nine times in 119 at bats.
Freshman catcher/designated hitter/pitcher Matt DeLuca led the team in hitting with a .365 average and drove in 15 runs. DeLuca was named second team all league designated hitter and was also named to the Liberty League all tournament team.er
Other top rookies for the Saints included outfielder/pitcher Paul Piatelli, who hit .338 in 23 games, Jeff Kott, who hit .333 in 16 appearrances, and catcher Matt D'Auteiul, who was outstanding behind the plate and hit a solid .284.