Howard well-represented on all-tournament team
The 2009 Walter “Bus” Bergman All-Tournament Team had five players from the JUCO World Series champion Howard College, led by MVP Andrew Collazo.
Collazo won the Jay Tolman Outstanding Defensive Player Award and the Preston Walker MVP.
Collazo wants to be known for his defense.
“A big part of my big is my defense, it was good for me just to play defense,” Collazo said.
“In practice I work hard on defense. I want to be known for my defense and being a clutch hitter.”
Collazo was a clutch hitter in the championship game. He hit a solo home run to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead in the ninth, and also hit a two-run single in the 10th to extend the lead to 7-4. Collazo will be heading to Texas A&M next year.
Other Hawks on the team are Monk Kreder, Bryan Johns on the infield, Runey Davis in the outfield and Zach Neal at pitcher.
Davis gave praise to his coaches for getting the Hawks to this point.
“Coming from the beginning of the year, it was kind of rough,” Davis said. “Without the help of coach Britt Smith and other coaches, I wouldn’t be here.”
JUCO runner-up Santa Fe College laced three representatives on the team — Bryan Johns in the infield, Andy Mee are designated hitter and Keon Broxton in the outfield.
Being selected to the team was bittersweet for Broxton.
“It feels amazing, but I would rather be national champions,” Broxton said. “We definitely can’t hold our heads down, we were one of the best teams to come through Santa Fe.”
Another key player selected to the team was Jacob Cowan of San Jacinto. Cowan was selected to team as a pitcher and also won the Robert Purkey Most Valuable Pitcher award.
Marty Gantt of Spartanburg won the Homa Thomas Sportsmanship Award.