Last night at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., the Mid-South Conference officials announced the annual awards for the 2015 baseball season.
Head Coach of the Bat Pats, Luther Bramblett, was voted by his peers as the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year. This is Bramblett’s first honor of his career in his 14 seasons at St. Catharine. He has led his team to a second place finish in the Mid-South with 32-13 record, including a 15-5 mark in conference play. “I really am honored by this award, but this is a team award,” noted Bramblett. “I have great players and great assistant coaches that have helped me along the way.”
Senior pitcher John Werner also took home some hardware. The Anaheim, Calif. native was named the Mid-South Conference Pitcher of the Year. Werner a five time Mid-South Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week leads the Patriots with a 9-1 record and a 1.53 ERA entering postseason play. He ranks first in the Mid-South in opponent’s batting average (.171) and strikeouts (93) and is tied for the lead in wins. Werner ranks second in the conference in ERA and innings pitched (82-1/3).
Bramblett noted Werner’s award saying, “I am so proud of what John has accomplished so far this season. At one point, he was one of the most dominant pitchers in the country. He is definitely deserving of the award.”
Five Patriots were also named to the Mid-South Conference first team that included, catcher Drew Kissel, pitcher John Werner, second baseman Alfredo Bohorquez, shortstop Francisco Gonzalez, and centerfielder Harold Diaz. A pair of Patriots were also named to the Mid-South Conference second team All-Conference including, Pitcher Steven Borkowski and relief pitcher Austin Willis-Greene.
The age-old philosophy in baseball is that to be successful a team must be strong up the middle. And that definitely rang true for this year’s Patriots as the Golden Glove awards were given for defensive excellence. Taking home that hardware were the Bat Pats’ catcher (Kissel), second baseman (Bohorquez) and center fielder (Diaz).
The Patriots also got in done in the classroom as eight players were named Academic All-Conference. To gain that honor one must have a 3.25 or better GPA and have achieved at least sophomore academic standing. Making the grade were Lamont Calloway, Alex Knowles, Daniel Lerma, Marc Mason, Tyler Steiner, Eric Walker, Josh Wenning and Austin Willis-Greene.