McDaniels, Schmidt voted First Team All-MSC
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
McDaniels, Schmidt voted First Team All-MSC
Eddie McDaniels (above) and Jared Schmidt were named First Team All-Mid-South Conference in a vote of league coaches revealed Wednesday night. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Eddie McDaniels and Jared Schmidt were voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference while Bentley Jones, Jose Vera, James Hatcher, Polo Portela and Pablo Custodio received Second Team honors, as announced by the league office Wednesday night in Bowling Green, Ky.

In addition LaDarius Williams was named to the Mid-South Gold Glove team for his defensive work at first base.

McDaniels has been the team’s most consistent offensive performer for the entire season, tying for the team lead with a .358 batting average while leading the club with 31 walks, 25 stolen bases and 44 runs scored in 49 games. The Lebanon native has added two doubles, one triple and 24 RBIs from his leadoff spot, hitting safely in 32-of-43 starts while posting nine multi-run outings.

Schmidt leads the Phoenix with 11 home runs while batting .320 with eight doubles, 38 RBIs and 36 runs scored. The Cordova, Tenn., native has a team-best 12 multi-RBI contests along with 15 multi-hit games. He has hit safely in 36-of-47 games this season.

Vera is tied with McDaniels with a .358 batting average, collecting nine doubles, seven homers, a team-leading 39 RBIs and 30 runs scored in 49 contests. The San Cristóbal, Guatemala, native has hit safely in 42-of-49 outings with 19 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games this season. He has the team’s longest hitting streak this year at 17 games as well.

Custodio started the season on fire but has cooled over the last month, batting over .400 until the first week of April. The San José Pinula, Guatemala, native is currently hitting .341 with 11 doubles, eight homers, 34 RBIs and 31 runs scored in 39 games. He has 12 multi-hit and eight multi-RBI outings this season.

Jones has been a steady influence behind the plate for a pitching staff that has thrown well most of the year, keeping the Phoenix in games. The Brighton, Tenn., native is batting .340 with nine doubles, 21 RBIs and 15 runs scored while adding 21 walks. He has also picked off four people and thrown out 33 percent (13-of-40) of would-be base stealers this season.

Portela leads Cumberland with a 6-1 mark on the mound, tossing a team-high 72.0 innings with 72 strikeouts. The righthander struck out 12 early in the season against Indiana Wesleyan and finished 2-1 in league play with three no-decisions.

The Sacramento, Calif., native allowed three runs in seven innings at Lindsey Wilson and gave up two earned runs over seven innings this past Friday at the University of the Cumberlands. He also came within an out of a victory at Campbellsville University and allowed just three earned runs in 6.2 innings at the University of Pikeville.

Hatcher has posted a 5-0 mark in eight appearances with six starts, posting a 2.16 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 41.2 innings. The lefthander worked 7.1 innings while allowing one run versus Bethel University and won the final game of the series at Pikeville with seven innings, giving up one run.

The Nashville, Tenn., native allowed two earned runs in 6.2 innings for a win at Lindsey Wilson before missing a month with an injury. He returned last week, tossing six shutout frames versus Martin Methodist for his fifth victory.

Williams has registered one error in 238 chances at first base this season to garner Gold Glove accolades.

2019 First Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Chris Gilbody, Georgetown College
C – Robbie Stroub, University of the Cumberlands
1B – Jay Vincent, University of Pikeville
2B – Luke Lubinicki, University of Pikeville
SS – Kevin Rolon, University of the Cumberlands
3B – Jose Rojas, University of the Cumberlands
OF – Bryan Benz, University of the Cumberlands
OF – Eddie McDaniels, Cumberland University
OF – Bryson Wallet, Campbellsville University
OF – Raudy Martinez, University of the Cumberlands
OF – Jacob Alvarado, University of Pikeville
P – Zach Hurley, University of the Cumberlands
P – Bryan Torres, Georgetown College
P – Andrew Martinez, Georgetown College
P – Josh Avila, University of the Cumberlands
P – Anthony Arias, Campbellsville University
RP – Keon Taylor, Georgetown College
DH – Bryan Leef, University of the Cumberlands
UT – Jared Schmidt, Cumberland University
UT – Tyler Deason, Campbellsville University

2019 Second Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Bentley Jones, Cumberland University
C – Luke Hartlage, University of Pikeville
1B – Ryan Gaynor, Georgetown College
1B – Seth Price, Lindsey Wilson
2B – Pedro Nazario, University of the Cumberlands
SS – Jose Vera, Cumberland University
3B – Austin Rayno, Lindsey Wilson
3B – Tyler Wagner, Georgetown College
OF – Eric Thrower, Georgetown College
OF – Steven Calderon, Lindsey Wilson
OF – Dillon O’Grady, University of Pikeville
P – James Hatcher, Cumberland University
P – Kyle Fieger, Georgetown College
P – Polo Portela, Cumberland University
RP – Colton Easterwood, University of the Cumberlands
DH – Pablo Custodio, Cumberland University
UT – Adbiel Morales, Campbellsville University

Player of the Year: Chris Gilbody, Georgetown College
Pitcher of the Year: Zach Hurley, University of the Cumberlands
Freshman of the Year: Anthony Houk, University of Pikeville
Coach of the Year: Micah Baumfeld, Georgetown College
Champions of Character Award: Zach Hurley, University of the Cumberlands

2019 Mid-South Conference Gold Glove
C – Manny Chavarria, Lindsey Wilson
1B – LaDarius Williams, Cumberland University
2B – Cale Thompson, Campbellsville University
SS – Gabriel Figueroa, Georgetown College
3B – Tyler Wagner, Georgetown College
OF – Jacob Alvarado, University of Pikeville
OF – Dillan Saunders, Lindsey Wilson
OF – Orley Arellano, University of the Cumberlands
P – Kyle Fieger, Georgetown College