For the first time in school history, Apprentice School Head Baseball Coach Bryan Cave was named on Friday as the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Coach of the Year to lead a group of five honors as four players were named All-State.
This team, voted on by the Sports Information Directors throughout Virginia, encompasses all non-NCAA Division I schools in the state.
Not only is this his first honor from VaSID for Cave, it's the first time that an Apprentice School coach was named VaSID State Coach of the Year. The Builders went 6-1 in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series to win the second title in program history. They won their last five games, including three in a row on Championship Saturday, dropping top-seeded Illinois Tech by scores of 25-10 and 10-1. Cave led The Apprentice School to 15 wins in their last 16 games while earning his 600th career victory during the season as they finished 30-14.
Earning first-team honors was relief pitcher Sam Massie. The 2015 USCAA Small College World Series Most Valuable Player, Massie was 5-1 with a team low 2.03 earned run average while leading the USCAA in saves with six. During the nationals, he earned a win against College of St. Joseph's (VT) throwing a three-hitter in a 5-2 win. Later that afternoon he threw two innings against St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn in a 5-4 win to earn the save. Massie was a second team selection last season.
Three Builders were named to the second team with freshman Mike Brumfield earning one of the starting pitcher slots. Brumfield was 5-3 with a 2.36 earned run average with 59 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. He struck out 12 against Briarcliffe College for his first collegiate win in early March. During the nationals, he was 1-1 with the win coming in the third game of Championship Saturday in a complete-game nine strikeout performance against Illinois Tech.
Joining him on the second team were a pair of seniors in outfielder Lee Rossi and designated hitter Ryan Hendrickson. Rossi, finished the year with a .352 batting average but turned it on during the nationals as he topped the team with a .500 batting average to earn All-Tournament honors. He tied the school record for hits in a game this year going 5-for-5 with a career-best eight RBIs in a win over New River Community College. Rossi had 12 multi-hit and nine multi-RBI games as a senior.
Hendrickson finished the year as the leading hitter on the team with a .379 average and earned USCAA First Team All-American honors. He had 17 multi-hit games, nine multi-RBI games and reached base in 30 straight games to start the season which is the fourth longest streak in the last 10 years. He also added a streak of hits in 13 straight games this year. Hendrickson had a pair of three-hit games against St. Vincent College and Salisbury University while also driving in four runs against St. Vincent. He also performed well in the classroom earning College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District 1 honors.
VaSID is comprised of sports information or athletics communications professionals from intercollegiate institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership is open to any individual affiliated with one of the state's institutions at the NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, USCAA and community college schools, provided that individual's area of responsibility lies within the realm of sports information.
2015 VaSID College Division All-State Baseball Teams
Player of the Year: Jono Haught, University of Mary Washington
Pitcher of the Year: Ryan Van Assche, University of Mary Washington
Rookie of the Year: Rick Spiers, Randolph-Macon College
Coach of the Year: Bryan Cave, The Apprentice School
C – Jono Haught, University of Mary Washington
1B – Zach Bach, Virginia Wesleyan College
2B – James Keller, University of Mary Washington
3B – Kevin Alvarez, Averett University
SS – Justin Rodriguez, Eastern Mennonite University
OF – Brandon Lineberry, Emory & Henry College
OF – Joe Hall, Eastern Mennonite University
OF – Mitch Moynihan, University of Mary Washington
DH – Jonathan Munn, Lynchburg College
UTIL – Rick Spiers, Randolph-Macon College
SP – Ryan Van Assche, University of Mary Washington
SP – James Walsh, Randolph-Macon College
SP – Sean Greiser, Virginia Wesleyan College
RP – Tyler Daig, University of Mary Washington
RP – Sam Massie, The Apprentice School
C – Will Black, Roanoke College
1B – Timothy Coston, Averett University
2B – Billy Arens, Shenandoah University
3B – Chris McCollister, Bluefield College
SS – Nicholas Christopher, Virginia State University
OF – Adam Duncan, Ferrum College
OF – Brian Kluge, Roanoke College
OF – Lee Rossi, The Apprentice School
DH – Ryan Hendrickson, The Apprentice School
UTIL – Joe Rogers, Lynchburg College
SP – Darrell Thompson, Shenandoah University
SP – Mike Brumfield, The Apprentice School
SP – Jay Dee Johnson III, Virginia State University
RP – Austin Marzullo, Eastern Mennonite University
RP – J.T. Williamson, Randolph-Macon College