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Seven Cavaliers receive All-Region honors

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Written by David Mann


5/10/2012 (ALBANY) –Six Darton College baseball student-athletes earned All-Region XVII honors, the GCAA

Casey James

announced today.

The GCAA named Cavalier first-baseman Casey James co-Defensive Player Of The Year along with Georgia Perimeter College’s John Fidanza (tie). James, a freshman from Brunswick, was also named a member of the All-Region Gold Glove Team with teammates Bryant Alonso, a second-baseman from Valdosta, and outfielder Parker Nix.

Nix, a sophomore from Adel, also received All-Conference, 2ndTeam honors with teammate Cody Wofford, of McDonough.

Parker Nix

Sophomore pitcher Matt Aldrich and outfielder Kevin Manos earned All-Conference, 1st Team honors.

”I am extremely proud of our season and how far we have come in such a short amount of time,” said Darton College baseball coach, Scot Hemmings, who took over the Cavalier baseball program in the fall. “The All-Conference awards and gold glove selections are direct results of each of these players’ work ethic and dedication to baseball.

“I am proud as I sit back and reflect on each player and his growth as a student-athlete and young

Cody Wofford

man throughout the season.”

These individual ball players drew a lot of positive attention to a rejuvenated Darton baseball program.

For weeks Aldrich and Manos led the NJCAA in strikeouts and RBI, respectively, while James is one of the leading defensive players in the nation. He currently has a .997 fielding percentage and 316 put outs.

Matthew Aldrich

And as a team, the program earned its first national ranking, going as high as No. 12 and spending six weeks in the top 25. The Cavs broke school records in most wins in a season (36), RBI, team RBI, team stolen bases, individual hit-by-pitches and individual at-bats.

Kevin Manos

The Cavaliers spent seven weeks at the top of the GCAA, and entered the conference tournament this past Friday, as the No. 3 seed.



2012 GCAA All-Region Baseball

Bryant Alonso


Player of the Year: JB Wendelken MGC

Coach of the Year: Craig Young

Defense Player of the Year: Co-Winners John Fidanza GPC, Casey James DC


All Conference Team

1st Team

Pitchers: Matthew Aldrich – DC, Sam Agnew-Wieland MGC

Closer: JB Wendelken – MGC

Catcher: John Fidanza – GPC

INF: Wes Armstrong – GPC, Blake Shouse – MGC, Nate Crown – EGC, Dusty Davis – WGT

OF: David Van Horn – GPC, Kevin Manos – DC, Bo Way – MGC

DH: Jake Fields – MGC


2nd Team

Pitchers: Joseph Boatwright – MGC, Monte Reese – GPC

Closer: Christian Turnipseed – GPC

Catcher: Dylan Kelly – MGC

INF: Bobby Woodall – GC, Nate Ferrell – AC, Cody Wofford – DC, McLendon Hill – GPC

OF: JD Sabo – SGC, Parker Nix – DC, Aaron Mizell – GC

DH: Antonio Allen – GPC


2012 All-Region Gold Glove Team

P   Andrew Fessler   GC

C   John Fidanza     GPC

1B  Casey James      DC

2B  Bryant Alonso    DC

3B  Dusty Davis      WGT

SS  Grant Massey     GC

OF  John Wesley      EGC

OF  Parker Nix       DC

OF  Tyler Bashlor    SGC



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