Castleton senior Nick Swim (St. Albans, Vt.) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Baseball Player of the Year, while Spartan classmate Sam Spencer (West Bolton, Vt.) was tabbed Pitcher of the Year and teammate Charles Stapleford (Vergennes, Vt.) earned Rookie of the Year. Lyndon's Reece Tanguay* (Essex Junction, Vt.) was voted the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Colby-Sawyer head coach Jim Broughton was chosen as the Coach of the Year and seven baseball student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2016 All-Conference announcement.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Swim has had an impressive senior season with the Spartans. In conference games, the shortstop ranks in the top-two in nine statistical categories and leads the conference in seven categories. He tops the league with a .426 batting average, 63 hits, 49 runs scored, 15 doubles, 44 RBI, 91 total bases, and a .615 slugging percentage. Impressively, his scored runs rank him 16th in the nation, while his hits, batting average, and RBI rank him 26th, 42nd, and 44th in all of Division III. The senior is also tied for the NAC lead in home runs with three and is currently second with a .482 on-base percentage. Swim has struck out just 10 times in 171 at bats and hit safely in 34 out of 39 games this season, including 19 multi-hit games. He has also swiped 12 bases, drew 15 walks and belted two triples. On defense, the shortstop has posted a .952 fielding percentage, while making only nine errors in 189 total chances. He is second in the league with 112 assists and third with 21 turned double plays.
Spencer has been solid for the Castleton defense once again, claiming his second-consecutive NAC Pitcher of the Year honor. He has posted a 6-2 overall record with six complete games in 56 innings of work. His complete games currently rank him first in the NAC and 12th in all of Division III. The senior has tallied a 2.89 ERA, while striking out a league-best 46 batters and scattering 52 hits. In conference play, he posted a 3-0 mark, with a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings, while striking out 15 batters and only allowing three to reach base on four balls.
Stapleford has had a standout freshman season for the Spartans making six starts and compiling a 6-1 record. The rookie tops the league with the lowest ERA at 1.93 and is second in strikeouts with 38. The right hander has made five starts in conference play with three complete games, one shutout and a 5-0 record to top the league. He pitched 33 innings of NAC action, struck out 27 batters, and posted a conference second-best ERA of 1.91. Stapleford's overall ERA ranks him 52nd in the nation, while his 5.36 hits per nine innings notably rank him 15th.
Tanguay has been selected as the first baseball Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. He is being recognized for excelling academically and athletically throughout his undergraduate experience, while serving as a role model in both the classroom and on the field. Impressively, the Business Administration major has been named to the President's List or the Chancellor's List every semester throughout his four years of college. The two-time NAC Second Team All-Conference selection has recorded 28 hits including two doubles, drove in 16 runs, stole 11 bases, crossed the plate 16 times, and was top-three in the league in walks after drawing 19. In his career at Lyndon, he played in 73 games, posted a .416 on-base percentage, and recorded 53 hits, 40 runs, 34 RBI, 42 walks, and 17 stolen bases. He also tallied a .938 fielding percentage, with 101 putouts, 170 assists, and 19 double plays.
Broughton is being recognized for the first time as the NAC Coach of the Year, as his squad saw a dramatic improvement from the 2015 season. Colby-Sawyer has doubled several of the team's previous offensive numbers in conference play from a season ago, as the Chargers have recorded 102 runs, 189 hits, 90 RBI, 24 doubles, and 31 stolen bases. The team improved its batting average by almost .100 this season, while also recording a .358 on-base percentage and a .328 slugging percentage. Colby-Sawyer was one of the toughest teams to strike out in NAC games posting a low 84 strikeouts and drew the second-most walks (68). Broughton also led the Chargers to an eight game improvement from a year ago.
Joining Spencer (pitcher), Stapleford (pitcher), and Swim (shortstop) on the first team were Castleton junior utility Zach Bahan (Shaftsbury, Vt.) and senior outfielder Dan Errico (West Hartford, Conn.), Colby-Sawyer sophomore second base Doug Avellino (Woodstock, Vt.), UMaine-Farmington senior outfielder Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine), Husson junior third base Ryan Rebar (Harmony, Maine) and senior first base JT Whitten (Waterville, Maine), and Thomas senior catcher Nik Beeson (Manchester, N.H.) and senior outfielder Anree Benitez (Orlando, Fla.).
Second team selections include Tanguay, Colby-Sawyer junior outfielders Nathan Frongillo (Haverhill, Mass.) and Jackson Musco (Litchfield, N.H.), UMaine-Farmington junior catcher Jordan Croteau (South Paris, Maine) and senior utility Jimmy Neal (Farmington, Maine), Husson junior pitcher Ben Walls (Bar Harbor, Maine), Lyndon sophomore shortstop Ryan Cordeiro (Rollinsford, N.H.), New England College junior third base Vincent Backert (Shelton, Conn.), and Thomas junior pitcher Dominic Esposito (Portland, Maine), senior first base Derek Kane (Natick, Mass.), and freshman outfielder Zach Mathieu (Oakland, Maine).
New to the conference this season is the selection of a Sportsmanship Team which is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the baseball culture and game environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following seven individuals have been selected to the NAC Baseball Sportsmanship Team, Castleton junior Jim Buckley (Nashua, N.H.), Colby-Sawyer sophomore Andrew Carbone (Lynnfield, Mass.), UMaine-Farmington senior Kyle Peterson (Bethel, Maine), Husson senior Dan Whitney (Bethel, Maine), Lyndon senior Mike Raimondi (Methuen, Mass.), New England College senior Zachary Nolan (Somerville, N.J.), and Thomas' Kane.
2016 NAC Baseball All-Conference Teams
C - Nik Beeson, Senior, Thomas
1B - JT Whitten, Senior, Husson
2B - Doug Avellino, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
SS - Nick Swim, Senior, Castleton
3B - Ryan Rebar, Junior, Husson
UT - Zach Bahan, Junior, Castleton
OF - Anree Benitez, Senior, Thomas
OF - Sean Cabaniss, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
OF - Dan Errico, Senior, Castleton
P - Sam Spencer, Senior, Castleton
P - Charles Stapleford, Freshman, Castleton
C - Jordan Croteau, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
1B - Derek Kane, Senior, Thomas
2B - Reece Tanguay, Senior, Lyndon*
SS - Ryan Cordeiro, Sophomore, Lyndon*
3B - Vincent Backert, Junior, New England College
UT - Jimmy Neal, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
OF - Nathan Frongillo, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
OF - Zach Mathieu, Freshman, Thomas
OF - Jackson Musco, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
P - Dominic Esposito, Junior, Thomas
P - Ben Walls, Junior, Husson
Player of the Year
Nick Swim, Senior, Castleton
Pitcher of the Year
Sam Spencer, Senior, Castleton
Rookie of the Year
Charles Stapleford, Freshman, Castleton
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Reece Tanguay, Senior, Lyndon*
Coach of the Year
Jim Broughton, 22nd Season, Colby-Sawyer
Jim Buckley, Junior, Castleton
Andrew Carbone, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
Derek Kane, Senior, Thomas
Zachary Nolan, Senior, New England College
Kyle Peterson, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Mike Raimondi, Senior, Lyndon
Dan Whitney, Senior, Husson
*Award vacated by Lyndon State and the NCAA Committee on Infractions.