10 JUCO players make NJCAA All-America team

Central Alabama’s B.J. Martin was one of 10 players who played in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series to make the NJCAA All-America team.



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Central Alabama’s B.J. Martin was one of 10 players who played in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series to make the NJCAA All-America team.

Ten players in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series were selected to the National Junior College Athletics Association All-America team, the NJCAA announced Wednesday.

National champion Central Alabama Community College had two players make the team. Sophomore infielder B.J. Martin made the first team, and freshman pitcher John Michael Knighton made the third team.

Martin hit .356 with nine doubles, two home runs and 45 RBI this season. He hit .308 with four RBI in the JUCO World Series.

Knighton was Central Alabama’s ace for the season, pitching 107 innings, seventh best in the country. He was 10-1 with a 3.36 ERA, six complete games and 87 strikeouts. Knighton, though, struggled in the JUCO World Series. He gave up 14 earned runs in 10 innings in his two starts.

Navarro (Texas) College pitcher Lukas Schiraldi, Midland (Texas) College outfielder Jeremie Fagnan and Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College outfielder Reid Moman joined Martin on the first team.

Schiraldi, the son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Calvin Schiraldi, was 9-2 with a 2.84 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched. The sophomore was 0-2 with a 17.36 ERA in the JUCO World Series.

Fagnan was fourth in the nation in RBI with 70 and sixth in triples with 10. The sophomore hit .419. He hit .500 with six RBI in the tournament last week.

Moman was eighth in the nation with a .430 batting average and drove in 56 runs. He hit .316 with five RBI in the JUCO World Series.

Connors State (Okla.) College third baseman Yariel Gonzalez made the second team. The freshman from Puerto Rico hit .420 and led the nation in RBI (75) and was third in home runs (12).

Cochise (Ariz.) College pitcher Zach Rodgers made the third team. The sophomore was 11-0 with a 1.29 ERA and five complete games.

Kaskaskia (Ill.) College pitcher Nick Gardewine, Navarro catcher John Clay Reeves and Connors State designated hitter Korey Keith were honorable mention.

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