Nyack, NY - The Nyack College baseball team finished it's 2018 season with an overall record of 24-24-1 and a conference record of 17-15, which would see them finish tied for 2nd in the CACC North. Nyack returned 6 starting position players and one starter on the mound from a 23-20, 11-11 team, including 2017 all-conference selections Jack Kelley, and gold glove catcher Carlos Pino Jr. Nyack benefited from key contributions from newcomers as they would field 7 freshman on the mound, and see 4 junior college transfers take on major roles in: Herman Alvarado, Alec Petterson, Chase Morris and Austin Fischer.
The mound was again a strength for Nyack, led by senior Jack Kelley and junior Chase Morris. Kelley and Morris would both finish 2018 tied for 2nd in the CACC with 7 wins each. Kelley ranked 2nd in the conference in innings pitched with 77, 7th in the conference in strikeouts, and 2nd in earned run average. Morris would finish 2018 with 56 innings pitched and finish 6th in the CACC with a 3.15 earned run average. The pitching staff as a whole would finish at the top of the conference in walks allowed and finish 4th in ERA.
Offensively the Warriors would finish 4th in the CACC in hitting with a .278 batting average and finish 3rd in the CACC with a .383 on base percentage. Nyack was led by Herman Alvarado who posted team bests in batting average (.335), on base percentage (.436), and slugging (.457). Alvarado, along with Austin Fischer, would help anchor a defense in the middle infield that would field .954 on the season and turn 39 double plays, 2nd most in the conference.
After the season, seniors Jack Kelley and Luke Kelley were awarded with All CACC selections as voted on by the coaches in the conference. Luke Kelly would have his best collegiate season, earning a first team all-conference selection after posting a .333 batting average with 30 rbi's, 15 extra base hits, and a team best 11 stolen bases. Jack Kelley would earn a 2nd team selection as starting pitcher. Carlos Pino led the region in runners caught stealing with 22 and threw out 45% of attempted base stealers on the season. The Warriors had freshmen contribute for 200 + innings on the mound led by freshman Ben Bills with 46. Logan Mann would lead the team with a 2.04 ERA, contributing 35 innings and totaling 5 saves.
The Warriors seem poised for an even bigger 2019 campaign, graduating just 1 everyday starter in the field and 2 starters on the mound.
2018 Team Awards
Player of the Year: Herman Alvarado
Pitcher of the Year: Jack Kelley
Rookie of the Year: Logan Mann
Nyack's baseball head coach Matt Cornacchione said, "This team has a lot to be proud of. This year was full of outstanding team and individual efforts. We had seniors step up and have the best years of their college career and also had young guys get invaluable experience right away. Our seniors did a great job of adding to the legacy of the program during their time here and I believe we are in a great position for an even stronger year in 2019."