Pair of Spartans Baseball Pitchers Earn ABCA All-Region
May 31, 2019
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-Region teams and Regional Players of the Year have been announced in all eight regions. The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America Committee. The University of Dubuque's Chase Kueter (Sr., Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue H.S.) and Nathan Schneiderman (Sr., LHP, German Valley, Ill./Forreston H.S.) were honored as Second Team Central Region performers for the 2019 season.
The pair of seniors helped UD to the semifinals of the 2019 American Rivers Conference Tournament and finished the season with a 26-15-1 overall record. Schneiderman led the Spartans with a low 1.57 ERA after pitching 51.2 innings, he finished with 67 strikeouts and a 4-0 mark with six saves. Kueter led UD with an 8-5 record with a 2.95 ERA after tossing 94.2 innings and five complete games. He fanned 116 batters and walked just 16 this season.
ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-Americans will be announced the evening of Thursday, May 30. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams for all divisions will be announced Wednesday, June 19.
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 Chair of the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America & Coach of the Year Committee is Paul Hesse of the University of Mount Union. Also on the committee are Derek Carlson (Brandeis University), Dean Glus (The College of New Jersey), Ray Hedrick (Randolph-Macon College), Luke Johnson (North Park University), Scott Laverty (Chapman University), Corey Paluga (Elmira College) and Kevin Tomasiewicz (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh).
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 11,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 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 76th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 2-5, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.
|2019 Central-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams|
|NCAA Div. III Central All-Region First Team|
|C||Rob Marinec||So.||North Central||IL|
|2B||Bryce Rheault||Jr.||Buena Vista||IA|
|UT||John Brinkman||Jr.||Washington St. Louis||MO|
|P||John Howard||Sr.||Washington St. Louis||MO|
|RP||Gage Smart||Jr.||Buena Vista||IA|
|NCAA Div. III Central All-Region Second Team|
|1B||Garrett Shea||Jr.||Illinois Wesleyan||IL|
|SS||Caleb Durbin||Fr.||Washington St. Louis||MO|
|OF||Jeremy Quade||Sr.||North Central||IL|
|OF||Nick Figus||Jr.||Illinois Wesleyan||IL|
|DH||Anthony DiNardo||Sr.||North Park||IL|
|P||Charlie Klemm||So.||North Central||IL|
|NCAA Div. III Central All-Region Third Team|
|C||Ranko Stevanovic||Jr.||North Park||IL|
|2B||Brett Reinhart||Jr.||St. Norbert||WI|
|SS||Jake Reinhardt||Jr.||North Park||IL|
|P||Quinn Gudaitis||So.||Illinois Wesleyan||IL|
|P||Ryan Loutos||So.||Washington St. Louis||MO|
|Central Position Player of the Year: Bryce Rheault, Jr., 2B, Buena Vista|
|Central Pitcher of the Year: John Howard, Sr., Washington St. Louis|