The Yavapai College baseball team had six of its student-athletes earn all-conference honors the ACCAC announced Monday afternoon. Headlining the group is redshirt-sophomore outfielder Sean Rimmer who earned ACCAC Player of the Year honors in addition to being named First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-Region.
Sophomore infielder Travis Warinner joins Rimmer as a First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-Region honoree while sophomore righty Nate Ward, sophomore utility man JT Taylor, sophomore catcher Alton Gyselman and freshman utility man Ben Zeigler all earned Second-Team All-Conference and Second-Team All-Region honors.
Yavapai’s right fielder earned ACCAC Player of the Year honors by smashing baseballs all season long as Rimmer led the conference in batting average (.405) and home runs (18). In addition, Rimmer scored 43 times, had 70 total hits (led the team), hit 13 doubles, drove in 68 runs (led the team) and stole eight bases.
In addition, Rimmer earned ACCAC Player of the Week honors on April 25 after smashing five homers in Yavapai’s sweep of Arizona Western and split with South Mountain.
The Roughriders’ second baseman and leadoff hitter slashed .358 in the regular season with 47 runs scored, 54 hits, 13 doubles, five homers, 36 RBIs and 25 walks.
Yavapai’s ace earned a 9-1 record on the mound this season (tied for third in the conference in wins) with a 3.15 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 71.1 innings pitched.
Ward also took home ACCAC Pitcher of the Week honors on March 8 after pitching a complete game (seven innings) against Central Arizona with nine strikeouts and no earned runs allowed.
Taylor has played a solid third base, left field and right field this season and has made an even bigger impact at the plate. His .397 batting average ties him for second in the conference and he has scored a team-high 58 runs, tallied 58 hits (11 doubles, one triple and 10 round trippers), driven in 35 runs, stolen seven bags and has drawn a team-high 33 walks to contribute to his team-high OBP% of .522.
The Roughrider catcher hit .346 this season with 28 hits, two doubles, four homers, 18 RBIs and 10 free passes. Behind the plate, Gyselman gunned down 11 would-be base stealers out of 26 attempts.
The lone Roughrider freshman on the all-conference teams, Zeigler joined Taylor with a .397 batting average to tie for second in the conference in the category. Overall, Zeigler scored 33 times, had 50 hits (10 doubles and four homers), drove in 33 runs, walked 20 times and stole six bases.
While Zeigler has played first base, left field and center field, he has also spent some time on the mound and went 3-1 with 24 strikeouts in 28.1 innings pitched in the regular season.
Rimmer, Warinner, Ward, Taylor, Gyselman and Zeigler and the rest of the Roughriders are back in action this weekend in the first round of the NJCAA Division I Region I Tournament. Yavapai’s first opponent is the Central Arizona College Vaqueros in a best-of-three series.