Calvin Baseball Players Land Spots on All-MIAA Teams
Monday, May 11, 2009
Five members of the Calvin baseball team have received All-MIAA honors. Junior Ben Sietsema and freshman Tyler Berger have been named to the All-MIAA first team while senior Nate Pocock, junior Matt Schepel and sophomore Keith Spoelstra have been named to the All-MIAA second team.
A pitcher, Sietsema (Ada/Northpointe Christian HS) is receiving All-MIAA first team honors for the first time. This spring, Sietsema (7-1) tied for the MIAA lead in victories with seven. Two of his seven conference wins came against league champion Adrian which dropped only three league games. Sietsema also finished third in the MIAA in innings pitched (51.0), fourth in strikeouts (31) and second in earned run average (2.47). He also led the league in shutouts (3) and was named MIAA Pitcher of the Week three times.
A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Berger had a standout first year as Calvin’s starting centerfielder. Berger finished tied for fifth in the MIAA batting race (.409) and was fourth in hits (38), sixth in runs scored (27), tied for fourth in runs batted in (26), second in slugging percentage (.656), sixth in on-base percentage (481) and tied for second in home runs (4). He also commited just one error in 49 total chances for a sterling field percentage of .980.
A senior from Wayland, Massachusetts, Pocock is receiving All-MIAA second team accolades as a utility player. A graduate of Wayland (MA) High School, Pocock was forced to move to the designated hitter spot this spring from the pitcher’s mound because of injuries. In his first year as a starter ad the DH spot, Pocock batted .386 to rank 10th in the MIAA batting race. Pocock also tied for second in the MIAA in doubles (10) and was ranked sixth in runs batted in (25), ninth in on-base percentage (.437) and 10th in slugging percentage (.568).
Calvin’s starting shortstop, Schepel batted .369 in league play this spring. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Schepel led the league in base on balls with 24. He was also tied for second in the MIAA in runs scored (32) and in home runs (4). In addition, he tied for fourth in runs batted (26), was third in stolen bases (8), was fourth in on-base percentage (.509) and was sixth in slugging percentage (.595).
A native of Oakland, New Jersey, Spoelstra was 4-1 in league play for the Knights this year. A graduate of Eastern Christian High School, Spoelstra tied for sixth in the MIAA in strikeouts (27). Opponents batted just .255 in league play this year, ranking third among MIAA pitchers. Spoelstra’s earned run average in conference play was 3.67, ranking sixth among MIAA pitchers.