The 2015 Apprentice School Baseball season was celebrated on Saturday night with the annual Awards Banquet.
A highlight tape of the Championship Saturday run was presented, along with a preview of the rings the players will receive.
Head Coach Bryan Cave was presented with a special award in recognition of his 600th career victory on April 10 against Virginia Wesleyan College.
- 2015 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Small College World Series Champions
- Each senior (7) was named to the USCAA All-Academic Team
- Tied second most wins under Bryan Cave with a 30-14 record
- Team finished winning 15 of last 17 games
- Collin Wilber 2-run walk-off home run in bottom 11th gave Builders 9-7 win over Va. Wesleyan College and Bryan Cave's 600th career win
- Went 17-3 against USCAA opponents
- Went 2-1 against NCAA Division II Virginia State University
- School-record five honors on the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) College Division All-State Team including first Coach of the Year honor in school history for Bryan Cave
Ryan Hendrickson, Senior, Yorktown, Va., Pipefitter
- Topped team in batting average .379
- 2015 USCAA All-American
- Two-time USCAA All-Academic Selection
- Second Team VaSID College Division All-State Designated Hitter
- First Team Academic All-District 1 College Division by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)
- 2015 VaSID Academic All-State selection
- 17 multi-hit games, 9 multi-RBI games
- Reached base in 30 straight games to start season – fourth longest streak in last 10 years
- Had a 13-game hitting streak
- Best Games were 3-for-5 with 4RBIs vs. St. Vincent and 3-for-4 with RBI against #4 Salisbury
- 2nd on team (14th in USCAA) in hits (53)
- 10th in USCAA in triples (5)
- leads USCAA in HBP (18)
Most Valuable Player
Mark Labrador, Junior, Casselberry, Fl., Pipefitter
- Finished with a .374 batting average
- Tied for team lead in hits (58)
- Led team in runs scored (45)
- Second in stolen bases (10)
- Had 16 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI games
- Had an 18-game hitting streak – fourth longest in last 10 years
- Also had a 15-game streak – seventh longest in last 10 years
- Was 4-for-6 against College of Albemarle
- Drove in five runs going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a home run in first championship game against Illinois Tech
- Made the switch from infield to right field and made presence known throwing out three runners – to include game ending throw out at home against Virginia State.
Taylor Gomer, Junior, Smithfield, Va., Insulator
- 2015 All-USCAA Tournament Team
- Finished the season 8-3 with a 2.52 ERA
- Topped the team with 84 strikeouts to rank third in the USCAA
- Was 5-0 with a 1.30 ERA as the Builders closed the season winning 15 of last 17
- In the USCAA Tournament he was 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA recording wins against Rochester College and Penn State Greater Allegheny
- Struck out eight or more on five occasions
- Career-best 12 strikeouts against College of St. Joseph's (VT) and Rochester College in the USCAA National Tournament
Sam Massie, Senior, Hampton, Va., Electrician
- 2015 USCAA Tournament MVP
- Three-time USCAA All-Academic Selection
- Went 1-0 with two saves in USCAA Nationals as opponents batted .118 against him.
- Four-time USCAA All-American (second in school history) - three-time First Team selection (2012, 2013, 2015)
- Went 5-1 as a senior with team low 2.03 ERA and was tops in the USCAA in saves with 6.
- Struck out career-best 12 against Va. Wesleyan College throwing 6.2 innings for the win in an 11-inning 9-7 win and earned USCAA Pitcher of the Week honors for that.
- Struck out six in complete game over College of St. Joseph's in USCAA Tournament (7-inning) and then closed next game throwing two innings in win over NCAA D3 St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn.
- Holds career record for saves (22)
- VaSID College Division First Team All-State Relief Pitcher
Rookie of the Year
Mike Brumfield, Freshman, Toano, Va., Shipfitter
- 2015 USCAA All-Tournament Team
- Went 5-3 with 2.36 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched
- Struck out 12 against Briarcliffe College for first collegiate win
- Complete-game with nine strikeouts to clinch USCAA Championship against Illinois Tech
- Also saw action at third base, outfield and designated hitter
- Struck out six against eventual NCAA Tournament participant Castleton State
- VaSID Second Team All-State College Division Starting Pitcher
Defensive Player of the Year
Brock Harris, Junior, Scottsville, Va., Fluvanna
- No errors in 70 chances as the starting centerfielder
- Was third on team in batting average .372
- Threw out a runner at home in a key 5-2 win at Danville CC on April 25
- Shared team lead in hits (58)
- Second in runs scored (36)
- Hit .444 in the USCAA Tournament with a tournament-high 12 hits
- Was 20-of-25 in stolen bases
- 18 multi-hit and six multi-RBI games
Most Improved Player
Jacob Countiss, Sophomore, New Kent, Va., Sheet Metal
- Finished with a .331 batting average and only four errors in 134 chances at second base.
- Had nine multi-hit and five multi-RBI games
- Was 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles and a pair of two-run home runs against Thomas Nelson CC
- Had a 13-game hitting streak and reached base in 15 straight games
- After starting the season very slow, turned it on in the last 2/3 of the year raising his average over 140 points
- Was 7-for-16 with five runs scored in the three-game Championship Saturday run at the USCAA Tournament.
- Had three hits against Central Penn, College of Albemarle, Va. Wesleyan and Illinois Tech
Christian Burton, Senior, Newport News, Va., Molder
- 2015 USCAA All-Academic Selection
- Finished the year with a .340 batting average
- Third on the team in hits (51)
- Second in RBIs (36)
- Bounced between first and third base this year and provided a huge spark during the final 17 games of the season.
- Hit .400 in the 15-2 run the Builders had to end the season and hit .385 in the USCAA Championships with a tournament high 10 RBIs.
- Had 15 multi-hit games, 7 multi-RBI games, and reached base in 13 straight games
- Drove in four runs on three occasions, including a career-best 4-for-7 performance with two runs scored against Illinois Tech in the first championship game.