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Weldon Receives All-American Status

Weldon Receives All-American Status

Chris Kendrick (@CKendrick86)

CHICOPEE, Mass. – Elms College Tom Weldon (Springfield, Mass.) added the final piece to his postseason awards catalog, earning a Third Team All-American designation on the 2016 ABCA/Rawlings Division III All-American team, announced by ABCA/Rawlings Thursday evening. Weldon becomes the first player in program history to be named an ABCA/Rawlings All-American.

Weldon was named ABCA/Rawlings Division III New England Pitcher of the Year and All-New England First Team earlier this week.

Weldon wrapped his Blazers career as one of the top pitchers in program history. As a senior, Tom set the program mark for wins in a season with an 11-1 mark, ranking second in the nation in victories. Tom racked up 93 strikeouts, tenth-most in the country, in 93.1 innings of work with six complete games, en route to the NECC Pitcher of the Year award. Weldon owns the program record for career wins, career innings pitched, career shutout, career strikeouts, games started in a season, wins in a season, strikeouts in a season, innings pitched in a season, and strikeouts in a game. 

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 ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams
NCAA Div. III All-America First Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Hayden Tsutsui Sr. Carleton MN
1B Justin Anderson Sr. Wisconsin-La Crosse WI
1B Alex Venditti Sr. WPI MA
2B Neil Marshall Sr. Buena Vista IA
3B Travis Lodge Sr. Randolph-Macon VA
SS Sam Dexter Sr. Southern Maine ME
OF Taylor Kohlwey Sr. Wisconsin-La Crosse WI
OF Justin Cassinelli Sr. Susquehanna PA
OF Jeremy Wolf Sr. Trinity TX
DH Devon DeRaad Jr. Occidental CA
UT Deion Hughes Sr. Westminster MO
P Seth Lamando Sr. SUNY Cortland NY
P James Walsh Sr. Randolph-Macon VA
P Caleb Boushley Jr. Wisconsin-La Crosse WI
P Lane Hobbs Jr. Concordia TX
 
NCAA Div. III All-America Second Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Adrian Celata So. Oglethorpe GA
C Zach Leone So. Susquehanna PA
1B Conner Combs Jr. Eastern Texas Baptist TX
1B Jamie Lackner Jr. Wooster OH
2B Zack de Luna Jr. Hardin-Simmons TX
3B Davey Casciola Sr. Cal Lutheran CA
SS Bill Munson Jr. Rhodes GA
OF Walker Olis Sr. Pacific OR
OF Tyler Bates Sr. East Texas Baptist TX
OF Tyler Kent Sr. Otterbein OH
OF Tommy Vitaletti Sr. Christopher Newport VA
OF Drake Sykes Jr. Knox IL
UT Graham Fisher Sr. Grinnell IA
UT Jake Fishman Jr. Union NY
UT Taylor Cooling So. Hardin-Simmons TX
P Tom Concklin Jr. Washington & Lee VA
P Jack Bensinger Sr. Webster MO
P Ryan Gaines Jr. Birmingham-Southern AL
P Eric Dumas Sr. Wheaton MA
P Garrett Brown Sr. Pacific Lutheran CA
 
NCAA Div. III All-America Third Team
Pos. Player Cl. School State
C Mitch Knippenberg Sr. Luther IA
1B Nick Sotiros Jr. North Central IL
2B Ben Laumann So. Thomas More KY
3B Eric Hamilton Jr. SUNY Oswego NY
SS Austin Filiere So. MIT MA
SS Justin Taylor Jr. Lancaster Bible PA
SS Ryan Dorow Jr. Adrian MI
OF Alex Zachary Jr. Eastern Connecticut State CT
OF Chris Triano Jr. Keystone PA
OF Ryan Konkle Sr. Hope MI
UT Mark Zimmerman Sr. Baldwin Wallace OH
P Christian Herstine Sr. Marietta OH
P Felix Baez Sr. Keystone PA
P Tom Weldon Sr. Elms MA
P Walter White Sr. Augustana IL
 
Player of the Year: Taylor Kohlwey, OF, Wisconsin-La Crosse

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