TOWSON, Md. – The top two teams in the Landmark Conference swept the major awards and earned nine of the 13 spots on the First Team All-Landmark. Moravian's Matt Hanson was voted Player of the Year while Susquehanna's Casey Hood was selected Pitcher of the Year. The Crusaders' Taylor Luckenbill was chosen as the Rookie of the Year and the SU coaching staff, led by Denny Bowers, earned Coaching Staff of the Year accolades.
Hanson led the Landmark in conference games hitting .485 to go along with a league-high 29 RBI. He hit .419 through the regular season and racked up 46 RBI while the Greyhounds earned the No. 1 seed in the Landmark tournament and a No. 22 national ranking.
The Susquehanna pitching staff has combined to put together a league-low earned run average of 2.89. Of the Crusaders' 25 regular season wins, Hood was credited with eight. He finished the regular season at 8-1 while earning a 5-0 Landmark record. Hood finished conference play with 25 strikeouts and a 2.41 earned run average.
While Hood was making waves on the mound, Luckenbill was taking care of business at the plate. He led the Crusaders with a .388 batting average this season. He was even better in conference play, hitting .432 to rank third in the Landmark.
All three players were named First Team All-Landmark selections. Susquehanna's Matt Smith was one of two relievers on the First Team. Smith pitched 22.2 innings during the regular season and earned a win over Scranton in relief. He boasts a 1.19 earned run average to go along with 10 saves. Moravian's Chris Soltys led the conference in earned run average at 0.26. He was 5-0 on the mound during the regular season, with three wins coming in conference action. Soltys averages more than one strikeout per inning.
Mike Roethke was crucial behind the plate for the Greyhounds. He hit .231 in conference play, and he has thrown out 13 runners including eight in conference play. The 2013 Rookie of the Year, Charles Savite, hit .356 this season to earn First Team honors. The Moravian first baseman drove in 44 runs during the regular season to rank second in the conference only to Hanson.
Merchant Marine's Warren Hartmann and Danny Collins are repeat selections on the First Team at second base and shortstop, respectively. Hartmann is a three-time First Team honoree after leading the conference with a .444 batting average this season. He ranked second in the Landmark with 13 stolen bases in the regular season. Collins hit .381 in Landmark games this season. The two players paced the Mariners at the plate this season.
A Second Team All-Landmark selection a year ago, Drew's Steve Kowalski was voted First Team this season. He hit .468 in conference play to rank second in the Landmark. The speedy shortstop led the league in stolen bases with 23 before the conference tournament and 13 in Landmark games.
Another Second Team honoree a year ago, Moravian third baseman Ryan Luke was named First Team. He hit .399 during the regular season and drove in 36 RBI for the Greyhounds. In addition to Hanson and Luckenbill, Juniata's Cody Krepps rounds out the First Team outfield. Krepps ranks second in the Landmark in overall batting average at .415.
Paul Burmester had a standout freshman season for Catholic. Having earned First Team honors as a designated hitter, the rookie also caught and played first base finishing with a .407 average in conference games.
Bowers and his staff have earned their first Coaching Staff of the Year honor. The Crusaders made the Landmark playoffs for the first time since 2011 and earned the No. 2 seed with a 13-5 conference record. The team currently sits at 28-12, having surpassed the program's record for wins in a season set in 1995 at 25. While the All-Landmark voting concluded prior to the tournament, Bowers went on to lead Susquehanna to its first Landmark Championship on Monday.
|Player of the Year||Pitcher of the Year||Rookie of the Year||Coach of the Year|
The 2014 Landmark Baseball All-Conference Teams:
|First Team||Second Team|
||Flemington, N.J.||C||Dan Gray
||Hackettstown, N.J.||1B||Ross Danzig
||Jr.||Clarks Green, Pa.|
||Sr.||Wyckoff, N.J.||1B||Jake Martin||USMMA||Sr.
||San Diego, Calif.|
||Sr.||Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.||2B
||Doylestown, Pa.||3B/DH||Joe Sforza||Juniata||Sr.||Pittstown, N.J.|
||Tyrone, Pa.||OF||Joseph Connell
|OF||Taylor Luckenbill||Susquehanna||Fr.||Pottsville, Pa.||OF||Stefan Poggioli||Catholic||So.||Middletown, N.J.|
||Shrewsbury, Pa.||OF||Cameron Stadele||USMMA||Jr.
||Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.||SP
||Middlebury Center, Pa.|
||Fair Lawn, N.J.||SP
* 2013 First Team All-Landmark
^ 2011 First Team All-Landmark