LEICESTER, Mass. – Six members of the Becker College baseball team were named to the All New England Collegiate Conference Team on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior designated hitter Niko Bedell (Manorville, N.Y.) earned his second career NECC First Team nod after leading the conference with eight home runs. Bedell batted .318 with 30 RBI and 42 hits. Niko finished his career as Becker's all-time leader in home runs with 20.
Joining Bedell on the NECC First Team was sophomore centerfielder Josiah Shepherd (Providence, R.I.). After Shepherd earned the NECC Rookie of the Year and First Team honors in 2016, there was no sign of a sophomore slump for the Hawks leadoff hitter. Shepherd batted .338 in NECC action with a conference best 22 stolen bases. Shepherd was also among the NECC leaders in runs scored with 39.
The Hawks earned four spots on the New England Collegiate Conference Second Team.
Senior third baseman T.J. Sempkowski (Oceanport, N.J.) gathered his third consecutive All-NECC honor. Sempkowski batted. 309 after tying Bedell with a team-high 42 hits. T.J. led the Hawks with 23 extra base hits including 14 doubles and seven home runs while driving in a team-best 34 runs. Sempkowski finished his career at Becker 8th all-time with 143 hits.
Senior second baseman Vaibhav Desai (Waltham, Mass.) earned his first All-NECC honor. Desai led the Hawks with a .364 average after smacking a team-best 47 hits including 13 doubles. Desai was fourth on the team with 25 RBI.
Senior pitcher Tyler Wagar (Uxbridge, Mass.) earned his second career All-NECC honor. Wagar tied teammate Michael Iacovelli (Uxbridge, Mass.) with a team-high four wins. Wagar led the Hawks with 54.1 innings and 43 strikeouts. Wagar finished his career second all-time in wins (16) and strikeouts (150).
Rounding out the Hawks on the NECC Second Team was junior shortstop Christopher Testa (Providence, R.I.). Testa batted .319 with 27 RBI, 25 runs scored and 14 stolen bases.
Player of the Year: Garet Griffin, Mitchell College
Pitcher of the Year: Ethan Forrest, Newbury College
Rookie of the Year: Matt Plasse, Elms College
Coach of the Year: Billy Cather, Lesley University
All Conference First Team
1B – Francis Prettitore, Mitchell (Sr., Bayville, Conn.)
2B – Kyle Hartenstein, Mitchell (Jr., Meriden, Conn.)
3B – Tim Gelzinis, Elms (Sr., North Dighton, Mass.)
SS – Garet Griffin, Mitchell (Jr., Moosup, Conn.)
C – Dan Mullins, Daniel Webster (So., Nashua, N.H.)
P – Matt Plasse, Elms (So., Westfield, Mass.)
P – Jacob Graveline, Elms (Fr., Palmer, Mass.)
P – Tom Muratore, Lesley (Jr., Mamaroneck, N.Y.)
P – Ethan Forrest, Newbury (Sr., East Bridgewater, Mass.)
OF – Josiah Shepherd, Becker (Jr., Providence, R.I.)
OF – Stephen Harrison, Elms (Sr., Southbury, Conn.)
OF – Ian Hruniak, Newbury (Sr., Litz, Fla.)
DH – Niko Bedell, Becker (Sr., Manorville, N.Y.)
All Conference Second Team
1B – Ryan Pumphret, Lesley (So., Shrewsbury, Mass.)
2B – Vaibhav Desai, Becker (Sr., Waltham, Mass.)
3B – TJ Sempkowski, Becker (Oceanport, N.J.)
SS – Chris Testa, Becker (Jr., Providence, R.I.)
C – Jacob Cervantes, Lesley (So., Oxnard, Calif.)
P - Tyler Wagar, Becker (Sr., Uxbridge, Mass.)
P – Nick Ladevaio, Lesley (Jr., Mineola, N.Y.)
P – Axel De Jesus, Mitchell (Sr., Stratford, Conn.)
P – Eddie Santiago, Mitchell (Jr., New London, Conn.)
OF – Aedin Wadja, Elms (Sr., Lebanon, Conn.)
OF – Alex Hoss, Elms (So., Stafford Springs, Conn.)
OF – Tristan Hurley, Mitchell (Sr., Mystic, Conn.)
DH – Anthony Mercuri, Southern Vermont (Sr., Ridge, N.Y._
All Sportsmanship Team
Michael Bianco, Becker (Fr., 3B, Manorville, N.Y.)
Dylan McDonough, Daniel Webster (Jr., C, Billerica, Mass.)
Cody Lemieux, Elms (Sr., P, Torrington, Conn.)
Aaron Rhodes, Lesley (Jr., INF, Chittenden, Vt.)
Mike Jason, Mitchell (Sr., OF, Chepachet, R.I.)
Jim McGrorry, Newbury (Jr., P/INF, Oakhurst, N.J.)
Jordan Banks, Southern Vermont (Fr., 1B, Bristol, Conn.)