Five members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball team (29-20) were recently honored by the American Mideast Conference coaches when the All-AMC teams were selected at the annual coaches' meeting.
Mike Waddell, a junior right-handed pitcher from Cardington, Ohio, highlighted the list as he was selected to the AMC First Team and named the AMC Pitcher of the Year. The former standout at Cardington-Lincoln High School posted a 6-3 record with a team-leading 2.81 earned run average. In 67 1/3 innings, Waddell struck out a team-high 74 batters and issued just 24 walks. Waddell also led the team with six home runs and 44 runs batted in as he posted a .345 batting average.
Andy Heimbach, a senior right-handed pitcher from Wheelersburg, Ohio, was named to the AMC Second Team after posting a 5-3 record with a 4.65 ERA. In 62 innings, the former All-Ohioan at Wheelersburg High School struck out 67 batters and issued 30 walks.
Jeff Lavin, a senior catcher from Mercer, Pennsylvania, was selected to the AMC Honorable Mention list. The former West Middlesex High School star batted .311 with 41 hits, seven doubles, four home runs, nine runs scored, and 21 RBI in 43 games behind the plate.
Jason Hall, a junior second baseman from Mount Vernon, Ohio, joined Lavin as an AMC Honorable Mention selection. The former Mount Vernon High School standout compiled a .329 batting average with 51 hits, five doubles, 24 runs scored, and 28 RBI.
Eddie Wright, a junior outfielder from Mount Vernon, Ohio, rounded out the AMC Honorable Mention list. The former Mount Vernon High School product led the Cougars with a .377 batting average, five triples, and 18 stolen bases. Wright also recorded 46 hits, two doubles, two home runs, 27 RBI, and 34 runs scored.