NJCAA hands out gold glove, big stick awards

He was the only junior-college player to win his district’s big stick award and a gold glove for his position.

Howard (Texas) College sophomore outfielder Jordan Allen is also the ABCA Division I player of the year.

The first team All-American led all of NJCAA Division I with a .519 batting average and was first in the nation with 73 RBI and second with 96 hits. He hit nine home runs and scored 53 runs and posted a .963 fielding percentage.

Allen received a Rawlings Gold Glove award for his defensive play. Rawlings and the NJCAA awarded one player a gold glove for each position.

Three recipients played in the JUCO World Series: Polk State (Fla.) College pitcher Alec Asher (1.000 fielding percentage); Polk State catcher Eric Hindman (1.000); and Iowa Western Community College second baseman Sam Bumpers (.965).

The rest of the recipients are: Darton (Ga.) College first baseman Casey James (.997); Salt Lake (Utah) Community College third baseman J.C. Snyder (.997); Lake Land (Ill.) College shortstop Edward Figuerora (.976); Central Arizona outfielder Tyler Booth (1.000); and Monroe (N.Y.) College outfielder Roberto Olivera (.989).

Figuerora was chosen the Easton defensive player of the year. In 51 games, he tallied 49 putouts and 153 assists with five errors. He was a third-team NJCAA All-American selection.

Rawlings and the NJCAA gave the hitter with the highest batting average in each of the 10 NJCAA districts the big stick award.

Iowa Western catcher Levi Meyer received the award for the Northern District. He hit .479 for the season.

Other big-stick winners are: Allen (.527) in the Southwest; Lawson State (Ala.) Community College third baseman Edwin Rolon in the Southeast (.431); Motlow State (Tenn.) Community College first baseman Tyler Murphy (.463) in the East Central; Lamar Community College shortstop Pier-Olivier Dustaler (.441) in the West; Pratt (Kan.) Community College outfielder Skyler Angood (.431) in the Central; S.C.-Sumter infielder Scott Price (.452) in the East; Meridian (Miss.) Community College outfielder Wade Wass (.460) in the South Central; and Miami-Dade (Fla.) College’s Yogi Perez (.441) in the Gulf.

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