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Ellenthal, Hanson earn All-NESCAC baseball honors

WATERVILLE, Maine — Colby College’s Soren Hanson ’16 (Billerica, Mass.) and Zach Ellenthal ’16 (Wilton, Conn.) were both named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Baseball All-Conference Team on Wednesday.

Hanson made the first team for the second straight year, while Ellenthal was selected all-league for the first time and was on the second team.
Hanson, a first baseman and starting pitcher, had 34 hits while posting a .324 batting average, a .415 on-base percentage, and a .467 slugging percentage. He also hit 12 doubles, scored 18 runs, and drove in 15. Hanson had a team-best 3.11 earned run average in 46.1 innings and is tied for fifth among NESCAC pitchers with 50 strikeouts.
Hanson, who never hit below .320 once he started hitting in his sophomore season, broke Colby’s career record with 182 strikeouts and finished with 10 victories. Hanson also committed just one error in 174  chances this year.

Ellenthal had a breakout season and was one of the most dominant hitters in overall and conference games. He was the only player in the NESCAC in the top three in batting average (third, .444), on-base percentage (third, .524), and slugging percentage (first, .722) in conference games. Ellenthal was fourth overall in batting average (.390), on-base percentage (.500), and slugging percentage (.610).

Ellenthal, who has hit .302 or better in his last three years with the Mules, had 32 total hits, 20 runs, nine doubles, 13 walks, and was hit five times by pitches. He is a three-time NESCAC Spring All-Academic selection.

2016 NESCAC Baseball All-Conference Team

Player of the Year: Marco Baratta, Wesleyan

Pitcher of the Year: Speros Varinos, Tufts
Defensive Player of the Year: Scott Cullinane, Trinity
Rookie of the Year: Kellen Hatheway
Coach of the Year: John Casey, Tufts
FIRST TEAM
Marco Baratta, Wesleyan, RF, senior
Harry Brown, Tufts, OF, junior
Scott Cullinane, Trinity, C, senior
Dave Cunningham, Amherst, 1B, senior
Guy Davidson, Wesleyan, SS, senior
Soren Hanson, Colby, 1B/P, senior
Nick Miceli, Wesleyan, LF/P, junior
Tommy O’Hara, Tufts, 3B, sophomore
Speros Varinos, Tufts, P, junior
Jackson Volle, Amherst, P, junior
Ryan Wolfsberg, Hamilton, OF, junior
SECOND TEAM
Andrew David, Tufts, P, senior
Zach Ellenthal, Colby, 3B, senior
Brendan Fox, Bates, SS, junior
Conner Gunn, Amherst, C/DH, senior
Eric Jones, Wesleyan, C, senior
Cody McCallum, Tufts, OF, senior
Matt Moser, Tufts, SS, senior
Nick Pezzella, Trinity, OF, senior
Harry Roberson, Amherst, SS, sophomore
Luke Rodino, Williams, P, junior
Anthony Spina, Amherst, OF, junior
Johnny Stamatis, Trinity, 1B, first-year
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