12 JUCO players make All-American team

Twelve players who played in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series made the National Junior College Athletics Association All-America team, the NJCAA announced Tuesday.

Four of those players made the JUCO World Series Bus Bergman All-Tournament team. Nine of the 12 were drafted last week in the Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Western Nevada College pitcher Dylan Baker was one of them. The sophomore right-hander from Juneau, Alaska, made the All-America first team and was drafted in the fifth round by the Cleveland Indians. He was 12-0 with a 1.86 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings.

Jefferson (Mo.) College first baseman Fred Ford made the All-America first team. He hit .400 with three home runs and 10 RBI in the World Series to make the all-tournament team. The sophomore was drafted in the seventh round as an outfielder by the Kansas City Royals.

Ford’s teammate at Jefferson, Brett Wiley, made the NJCAA All-America third team. The sophomore shortstop was drafted in the 13th round by the St. Louis Cardinals and made the World Series all-tournament team.

Other NJCAA All-America first-team selections were Polk State (Fla.) College pitcher Alec Asher, Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) College shortstop Bruce Caldwell, Neosho County (Kan.) Community College first baseman Adam Giacalone, and two Iowa Western Community College players: catcher Levi Meyer and third baseman Damek Tomscha.

Cisco (Texas) College shortstop Jacob Armstrong and Shelton State (Ala.) Community College outfielder Terrance Dedrick made the All-America second team.

San Jacinto (Texas) College-North pitcher Anthony Banda made the third team, and Neosho County pitcher Matt Strahm was an honorable mention pick.

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