Rock Island grad Grant Myers earning kudos on the baseball diamond
Monmouth College star outfielder and former Rock Island grad Grant Myers has been named Honorable Mention All-American by D3baseball.com.
The award comes on top of Myers also being named to the all-tournament team at the Scots’ NCAA regional and all-region by D3baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
On the season, the senior slugger hit .453 with 10 home runs and 54 RBI, setting numerous school hitting records and, according to the Dispatch-Argus, falling just one homer short of the career record of 18 set by Taylor Thiel in 2002 and two RBI short of the career record 113 set by Ryan Stubler a decade ago.
Myers’ blistering .453 average rated as the fourth highest of all outfielders named as All-Americans and ranked 10th nationally. He was also named the American Baseball Coaches Association-Rawlings Central Region Player of the Year, making him the only Fighting Scot named to two all-region teams.
Meanwhile, four Augustana College players were named to the NCAA Division III All-Region baseball teams.
Hurlers Mike Powers (Benet Academy), Mitch Malone (Minooka) and Chris Refka (Palatine) were all honored along with outfielder Ryan Kairis (Marist).
Powers, a hard-throwing junior right-hander, was named to the second team after a 7-3 season where he posted a 2.222 ERA in 12 starts. He struck out 60 while allowing just eight walks.
In earning third-team honors, fellow right-hand starter Refka also went 7-3 with a 3.12 ERA. His win total is tied for 12th best in a single season at Augustana and came with 50 strikeouts against just 24 walks.
Malone was also a third-team selection, going 1-1 with a 1.14 ERA and seven saves as the Vikings’ closer. The senior’s 22 ERA is the third best in school history for a hurler with a minimum of 30 innings and his save total tied for fourth best.
Second-team pick Kairis led the team in hitting at .400, hits (58), slugging (.476) and stolen bases (13).