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Four Baseball Tigers Named All-ODAC, Whitaker Rookie of the Year

 Zach Whitaker

FOREST, VA-Hampden-Sydney baseball freshman Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) headlined the Tigers' All-ODAC selections being named First Team and the 2012 ODAC Rookie of the Year. Joining the Roanoke native are fellow freshmen and Second Team selections Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) and Jeff Gray (Newport News, VA/Menchville), and Third Team selection senior Jordan Wind (Tappahannock, VA/Essex).

Randolph-Macon's Jordan Walton was named the Player of the Year; Lynchburg's Kevin Chandler was the Pitcher of the Year; Emory & Henry's Trey McCall was named the Coach of the Year; and Lynchburg's Zach Fitzpatrick was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Whitaker, who earned ODAC Pitcher of the Week honors in the final week of the regular season, was solid all season for the Tigers, posting a 7-3 record in the regular season with two saves. In conference, Whitaker posted a 5-1 record with three complete games. Against Emory and Henry, the rookie pitched nine shutout innings, and against Virginia Wesleyan and Bridgewater, he allowed one run in each of his nine innings pitched. In 65.2 innings pitched, posted a 2.60 ERA with 50 strikeouts to just 18 walks. He was tied for first in the ODAC in wins, third in innings pitched, fourth in strikeouts and appearances, and tied for sixth in saves.

Hamlett made an immediate impact for the Tigers in left field appearing in 32 regular season games while posting a batting average of .327. He started his career with a bang, recording a hit in each of his first five games - including three two-hit games. Through the regular season, his .327 average and 36 hits were both third best on the team and his nine doubles were second best. He also added 17 runs and nine RBI. He posted a career-high three hits against Roanoke, and scored two runs four different times.

Gray earned Second Team honors as a designated hitter, leading the Tigers and placing 16th in the ODAC with a .373 batting average in the regular season. Gray led the team with two homeruns, was second on the team with 38 hits, and third in doubles with eight. He was consistent all season posting three separate four-game hit streaks. His top game came against Guilford College as he went 4-for-5 from the plate. Gray also recorded 14 multi-hits games and posted at least one hit in 21 of his 32 games. 

Wind rounded out the All-ODAC selections for the Tigers with a Third Team nod. The senior finished the regular season with a .281 batting on 34 hits in 121 at bats. While starting in 33 of his 34 appearances in center field, Wind lead the team with 22 runs, 10 doubles, and two triples. He also batted in 11 runs with one homerun. He posted a season-high five game hit streak from March 31-April 7, recording seven hits in the stretch.

Listed below are the 2012 All-ODAC Baseball Teams.  For more information on ODAC Baseball, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at  For more information on the ODAC Baseball Tournament, go to the ODAC's tournament website at


Player of the Year: Jordan Walton, Sr., First Base, Randolph-Macon
Pitcher of the Year: Kevin Chandler, Sr., Bridgewater
Coach of the Year: Trey McCall, Emory & Henry
Rookie of the Year: Zach Whitaker, Fr., Pitcher, Hampden-Sydney
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Zach Fitzpatrick, Lynchburg

All-ODAC First Team

Pitcher: Kevin Chandler, Sr., Bridgewater
Pitcher: Zach Whitaker, Fr., Hampden-Sydney
Catcher: Devon Snow, Sr., Bridgewater
First Base: Jordan Walton, Sr., Randolph-Macon
Second Base: Josh McMillian, Sr., Emory & Henry
Third Base: Dan Savage, Jr., Lynchburg
Shortstop: Jonathan Stutts, Jr., Washington and Lee
Outfield: Remington Hedgepeth, Sr., Emory & Henry
Outfield: Richie Palase, Jr., Lynchburg
Outfield: Brian Kluge, Fr., Roanoke
Designated Hitter: Brock Shiflett, Jr., Lynchburg

All-ODAC Second Team

Pitcher: Robert Garrett, Sr., Lynchburg
Pitcher: Brandon Miller, Fr., Lynchburg
Catcher: Collin Metz, Sr., Emory & Henry
First Base: John Macon Smith, So., Guilford
Second Base: Zach Hynes, So., Bridgewater
Third Base: Justin Rodriguez, Fr., Eastern Mennonite
Shortstop: Michael Kenah, Jr., Lynchburg
Outfield: Beau Banglesdorf, Sr., Eastern Mennonite
Outfield: Christian Hamlett, Fr., Hampden-Sydney
Outfield: Chris Rodriguez, Fr., Eastern Mennonite
Designated Hitter: Jeff Gray, Fr., Hampden-Sydney

All-ODAC Third Team

Pitcher: Dalton Altizer, Fr., Roanoke
Robert Gallet, So., Bridgewater
Pitcher: Ryan Wood, Sr., Randolph-Macon
Catcher: Zach Fitzpatrick, So., Lynchburg
First Base: Logan Ball, Sr., Emory & Henry
Second Base: Ben Esser, Jr., Guilford
Third Base: Michael Helbig, Jr., Randolph-Macon
Shortstop: D.J. Phillips, Jr., Guilford
Outfield: Casey Mann, So., Guilford
Outfield: Justin Pittman, So., Guilford
Outfield: Jordan Wind, Sr., Hampden-Sydney
Designated Hitter: Anthony Siracusa, Sr., Virginia Wesleyan

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