Machibroda named MSC Player of the Year; Seven earn All-Conference Accolades
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Machibroda named MSC Player of the Year; Seven earn All-Conference Accolades

 

 

LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland senior Nolan Machibroda garnered Mid-South Conference Player of the Year honors while Angel Mendoza, Tyner Hughes, Santrel Farmer, and Tyler Stokes were named First Team All-Mid-South Conference selections. Ethan Shelton and Jayden Hanna garnered Second Team All-Conference accolades, released by the league office on Thursday.

The Phoenix had five first-team All-Conference selections to tie with Mid-South Conference Regular Season Champions Freed-Hardeman for the most selections. 

The senior from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has put together one of the best offensive seasons in Cumberland history. He is currently leading the league in batting average (.457), runs batted in (65), walks (34), on-base percentage (.554), and slugging percentage (.866). Machibroda leads the team in home runs this season with 13. His .457 average is sixth-best in the NAIA this season while he is eighth in RBI. 

Machibroda has been named the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week three times this season.  He joins a list of Cumberland Greats to receive conference player of the year accolades: Rayden Sierra, Austin Krajnak, Mike Madarino, Matt Greener, Angel Mercado, Chris Smith, Billy Keppinger, Steve Green, and Joe Modica. 

Angel Mendoza had a terrific season earning First Team honors as a catcher. Mendoza is mostly known for his defensive skills as the Phoenix backstop but has flourished with the bat as well this season hitting .364 with 10 home runs and 36 runs driven in. He leads the conference in hit by pitches with 20 to help him boast a .491 on-base percentage. Mendoza has thrown out 21 runners attempting to steal this season while also picking off runners regularly. He earned Mid-South Conference Baseball Player of the Week one time this season.

Tyner Hughes earned First Team All-Conference Third Baseman honors. Hughes has been a staple in the Phoenix lineup this season as his average has not dipped under .400 all season long. Hughes has cranked 10 home runs this year and is second on the team in RBI with 45 this season. He is fifth in the conference in runs scored (53), sixth in triples (3), seventh in homers, and ninth in doubles (14). 

Santrel Farmer was named First Team All-Mid-South Conference as an outfielder this season while also earning Gold Glove honors for his stellar play patrolling centerfield. Farmer is hitting .396 with eight homers and 39 RBI.  He ranks second in the league in stolen bases (25), third in runs scored (55), seventh in average, and ninth in OBP (.492). Farmer received MSC Player of the Week honors one time this season. 

Tyler Stokes was named First Team All-Mid-South Conference as a utility player. Stokes saw starts in the infield, outfield, and as the designated hitter this season playing wherever the team needed him. This season he is hitting .307 with 10 homers and 44 runs driven in with 10 doubles. Stokes is tied for sixth in the league in triples with three, he is seventh in the MSC in homers, and 11th in RBI. 

Ethan Shelton earned Second Team All-MSC honors as an Outfielder. Shelton has swung the bat well all season long hitting .329 with seven home runs and 42 RBI. He is seventh in the league and second on the team in doubles with 14. 

Second Baseman Jayden Hanna also earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Hanna has been the catalyst to the Phoenix lineup from the leadoff spot in the order. He is hitting .366 with 10 home runs as well and 39 runs batted in. Hanna is first in the league in runs scored with 61, leads the team in doubles with 15, and is seventh in OBP (.513) and slugging percentage (.717). 

The Mid-South Conference also released the Academic All-Mid-South Team and the Phoenix had the most representatives of any school with 21.  The honor is given to student-athletes of sophomore or greater classification academically with a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative grade point average. Wiley Barton, Reid Bass, Jordan Coffey, Santrel Farmer, Wyatt Folsom, Dylan Forbes, Chase Ford, Beiker Fuentes, Will Graham, Jayden Hanna, Harley Hinshaw, Tyler Holt, Joseph Koon, Nolan Machibroda, Michael Manning, Xavier Mathews, Zack Milan, Trevor Muzzi, Corey Perkins, Rance Pittman, Zachary Raymer, Chewy Sanders, Ethan Shelton, Alejandro Smith, Joe Stoeckinger, Xavier Torres, and Brett Walton each received the honor. 

Corey Perkins was named to the Mid-South Conference Champions of Character team. 

Cumberland is set for a big opening-round series on the road to face the No. 3 seed Thomas More in the Mid-South Conference Opening Round. The first game of the series will be played Friday at 1:00 p.m. central time in a best-of-three format.

 

2022 Mid-South Conference Baseball All-Conference Honors
Player of the Year: Nolan Machibroda - Cumberland University
Pitcher of the Year: Colton Huntt - Freed-Hardeman University
Freshman of the Year: Seth Benner - The University of the Cumberlands
Head Coach of the Year: Jonathan Estes - Freed-Hardeman University
Assistant Coach of the Year: Jared Martin - The University of the Cumberlands
Regular Season Champions: Freed-Hardeman University


First Team All-Conference
Position Name School
C Angel Mendoza Cumberland University
C Carlos Muniz University of the Cumberlands
C Lucas Bault Lindsey Wilson College
1B Nolan Machibroda Cumberland University
2B Zach Sanders Freed-Hardeman University
SS Jacob Kline Shawnee State University
3B Will McCall Freed-Hardeman University
3B Tyner Hughes Cumberland University
OF Seth Benner University of the Cumberlands
OF Sean Cheely University of the Cumberlands
OF Joshua Duarte Georgetown College
OF Santrel Farmer Cumberland University
P Cohen Achen Lindsey Wilson College
P Tyler Duskin Freed-Hardeman University
P Thomas Gutierrez University of the Cumberlands
P Colton Huntt Freed-Hardeman University
RP Connor Creasy Freed-Hardeman University
DH Hayden Wright University of Tennessee Southern
Utility Tyler Stokes Cumberland University

Second Team All-Conference
C Jacob Caruso Thomas More University
C Mason Libla Freed-Hardeman University
C Noah Sniadach Shawnee State University
1B Sujel Arias University of the Cumberlands
1B Lance Pope University of Tennessee Southern
2B Jayden Hanna Cumberland University
SS Kent Rooklin Freed-Hardeman University
SS Gabe Board Lindsey Wilson College
SS Raphy Almanzar University of the Cumberlands
3B Candido Encarnacion University of the Cumberlands
3B Bailey Martin Thomas More University
OF Christian Presley Freed-Hardeman University
OF Ethan Shelton Cumberland University
OF Chance Stayton Lindsey Wilson College
OF Ray Villanueva University of the Cumberlands
P Johan Castillo Georgetown College
P Jake Manderson Georgetown College
P Hunter Rigsby University of the Cumberlands
P Brady Tedesco Campbellsville University
RP Christian Santillanes Georgetown College
DH Koby Wall Lindsey Wilson College
Utility Eric Burckle Georgetown College

Honorable Mention All-Conference
1B Nico Martinez Lindsey Wilson College
1B Gavin Pearson Thomas More College
1B Sean Rooney Freed-Hardeman University
2B Luis Alvarez University of the Cumberlands
2B Howard Rodriguez Shawnee State University
OF Michael Wurtz University of Tennessee Southern
P Braxton Cottongame University of the Cumberlands
P Mychal Grogan Thomas More University
P Marco Santa Bethel University
RP Marty Knittle Shawnee State University
Utility Kendrick Osborne Bethel University

Gold Glove
C Mikey Swails University of Pikeville
1B Sean Rooney Freed-Hardeman University
2B Zach Sanders Freed-Hardeman University
SS Kent Rooklin Freed-Hardeman University
3B Candido Encarnacion University of the Cumberlands
OF Sean Cheely University of the Cumberlands
OF Santrel Farmer Cumberland University
OF Tyler Freas University of Pikeville
P Alex Huey Freed-Hardeman University