Seven Vikings named to All-Conference baseball team
Seven Viking student-athletes have been named to the 2018 Mid-Florida Conference team for baseball.
Sophomores Kerry Carpenter, Joey Bellini and Jagger McCoy were All Mid-Florida Conference first team selections. Sophomore Matt Marini and freshmen Elijah Gill, Nick Romano and Luke Sutko were selected for the All Mid-Florida Conference second team.
An All-Conference second team selection last year, Kerry Carpenter was named to the All Mid-Florida Conference first team this year. The 2016 Eustis High School graduate is ranked 11th in NJCAA Division 1 for hits, recording 79 for the season. He ended the season with a .429 batting average and an impressive .766 slugging percentage, which included 18 doubles, a triple and 14 home runs. Additionally, Carpenter is credited for 50 runs scored, 55 runs batted in (RBIs), and 10 stolen bases. He was a member of the NJCAA All-Academic second team in 2017, an FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Player of the Week earlier this season, and received the 2018 John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship for his exemplary work ethic, leadership and performance both on the field and in the classroom. Carpenter has signed a Letter of Intent to play for Virginia Tech next year.
A transfer from the University of Kentucky, first team selection Joey Bellini was also a strong offensive force for the Vikings this season, collecting 42 runs on 71 hits, resulting in a .366 batting average which included six doubles, a triple and three home runs as well as 24 RBIs. Bellini was spotlighted as an FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Player of the Week in early April.
Left-handed pitcher Jagger McCoy was 1-1 on the mound this season and is credited with four saves for the Vikings. The Delray Beach native ended the season with a 1.67 earned run average (ERA) and averaged 10.67 strikeouts per game. He will continue his collegiate career at Jacksonville University.
University of California – Irvine transfer Matt Marini also had a solid performance for the Vikings this season, with a 5-2 record on the mound and one save. The right-handed pitcher from Miami had a 3.55 ERA with 10.05 strikeouts per game. He has signed to play for the University of South Florida next year.
Elijah Gill, a left-handed pitcher from Jacksonville, started 12 games in his first season with the Vikings. He has a 7-2 record, including one shutout. Gill averaged 7.86 strikeouts per game and ended the season with a 4.71 ERA.
Freshman infielder Nick Romano had a good season at the plate, with a .317 batting average and .650 slugging percentage that included eight doubles, a triple and 10 home runs. The Tampa native scored 39 runs on 38 hits, with 33 RBIs and three stolen bases.
Rounding out the Vikings’ conference selections is Luke Sutko, a right-handed pitcher from Cumming, Georgia. Sutko was 2-3 on the mound, and is ranked eighth in the NJCAA Division I with eight saves for the season. He had an ERA of 4.24 and averaged 10.85 strikeouts per game.
The Viking baseball team ended its season at 31-16 and was 15-8 in conference play.
In 1961, the Vikings took the field for the first time and have since dedicated the past half century to building a solid reputation for producing superior student-athletes. The College has continued its tradition of producing a strong baseball program with facility improvements including a covered practice facility, dugout and field renovations, and most recently, new grandstands. For up-to-date information regarding Viking athletic programs, visit SJRvikings.com.
Seven Viking baseball student-athletes were All Mid-Florida Conference team selections:
Top row, from left: All MFC first team selections Joey Bellini, Kerry Carpenter and Jagger McCoy
Bottom row, from left: All MFC second team selections Elijah Gill, Matt Marini, Nick Romano and Luke Sutko.
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