Blue & Condry Garner Major Patriot League Postseason Honors
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Navy, the 2017 Patriot League regular season baseball champions were recognized on Wednesday with a league-high seven all-league honorees and a pair of major league awards. Senior shortstop Travis Blue and senior right-hander Kyle Condry were named as recipients of the Patriot League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
This is the third straight year the Mids have won the regular season title outright and then were able to take home multiple top league honors. Blue is the eighth Midshipmen in the Patriot League’s 26 years to earn Player of the Year accolades, while Condry collects the program’s 10th Pitcher of the Year nod. This is the fourth straight year that a Navy pitcher has earned the league award as Anthony Parenti was selected as Pitcher of the Year in 2014 and Luke Gillingham won it in back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016.
In addition to Blue and Condry, Jett Meenach, Leland Saile and Logan Knowles gave Navy a conference-high five players on the All-Patriot League First Team. Second Team honorees Adrian Chinnery and Noah Song made it seven Midshipmen, who collected accolades for their efforts during the 2017 regular season. This number ties the 2016, 2003 and 2000 squads for most honorees this century by a Navy team. Navy’s 1996 club had 10 players selected over the Patriot League First and Second teams.
The league’s head coaches, who could not select their own student-athletes, voted on the awards.
The Patriot League’s most well-rounded player across an assortment of measuring sticks, Blue, a 2014 All-League First Team honoree, rounds off his standout career with a nod as the 2017 Player of the Year. The holder of the NCAA DI’s longest consecutive games started streak at 220 games, Blue finished the regular season ranked first in the league in hits with 73, second in batting average at .354, second in doubles (16), second in triples (4), third in runs scored (50), third in RBIs (44) and fourth in stolen bases (15). Defensively, he was the Patriot League leader in fielding assists (143) and double plays turned (29), while fielding his shortstop position at a .960 clip with only 10 errors. A consistent cog at the top of Navy’s batting order in the two-hole, Blue had hits in 42 of the Mids’ 52 games and reached base safely in 45. Earlier this spring, the California native broke the program record for games played/started (220) and runs scored (163), while breaking into the top-five in career hits (226) and RBIs (125).
Condry is a first time all-league honoree. A senior, who has flown under-the-radar for his first three seasons with solid performances, Condry broke out in 2017 with dominant form. In his final eight regular season starts, he threw 6.0 or more innings and allowed two or less earned runs in every start. Of his 21 total earned runs allowed in 2017, 10 came in his first three starts. Condry ranked first in the Patriot League in wins with seven, third in ERA at 2.86, third in strikeouts (57), fourth in opponents’ batting average (.249) and fourth in innings pitched (66.0). In Patriot League-only contests, the Mids’ 2017 team captain turned up his performance level even more and went 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 33.1 innings. He completed three of Navy’s five conference games. Over his past two seasons, the Texas native has gone a combined 13-2 with a 7-1 mark in 2017 and a 6-1 record in 2016.
Meenach, the Mids’ closer, is now a two-time all-league award-winner as he improves on his status as a 2015 All-Patriot League Second Team recipient, to the first team in 2017. Finishing the regular season with a 5-1 record, eight saves, a 1.69 ERA and a 23:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 32.0 innings in 25 games, Meenach was head and shoulders above the rest of the Patriot League’s crop of relievers in 2017. The Texas sidearmer, had four more saves than his nearest competitor and was the only bullpen arm with less than a 2.00 ERA (25 innings minimum). He stands third all-time in Navy’s record books for most saves in a season, as well as third all-time in career saves with 14.
Two-time All-Patriot League reliever Jett Meenach
One year after having its all-senior outfield garner first team all-league accolades, Navy was once again represented well in the outfield in 2017 with two All-Patriot League First Team selections in Leland Saile and Logan Knowles. The Mids’ starting first baseman for the majority of his junior campaign in 2016, Saile has moved back to his natural position in right field and continued to be a dominant force in the middle of Navy’s lineup. Hitting from the cleanup spot, Saile compiled a statline of a .326 batting average, 38 runs scored, 60 hits, nine double, nine home runs and 58 RBIs. He ranked first in the league in RBIs, second in home runs and third in slugging percentage (.543), while also standing sixth in on-base percentage (.416), batting average, runs scored and hits. In Navy’s single-season record book, Saile is second in RBIs (60 is the record) and third in home runs (12 is the record). In league play, he hit .323 with six homers and 22 RBIs.
Unlike Saile, who had previous experience in the outfield, Knowles was Navy’s starting third baseman in 2015 and 2016 before transitioning to center field. A newcomer to the leadoff role in the Mids’ batting order, as well, Knowles has passed this pair of tests with high-level results as he finished the regular season with the Patriot League’s most runs scored (55), most triples (6), second-most walks (32), second-most stolen bases (16), and third-most hits (69) and batting average (.338). Knowles’ 14 doubles also rank fifth in the league. Nationally, the Washington state native ranks 10th in runs scored and 30th in the toughest to strikeout category with just 15 strikeouts over 204 at bats.
The pitcher-catcher battery of Song and Chinnery rounded out Navy’s All-League honorees with respective spots on the second team. Song, the Patriot League’s 2016 Rookie of the Year followed up his stellar freshman campaign with strong results as the Mids’ game one weekend starter. Song finished the regular season with a 6-3 record, 3.78 ERA and 82 strikeouts over 69.0 innings.
Chinnery is a three-time All-Patriot League award-winner as he was named to the first team in 2015 and 2016. One of the top duel-threat players in the league, Chinnery hit .279 with 28 runs scored, 48 hits, 10 doubles, one home run and 30 RBIs over 49 games, while fielding his position at a .989 clip and cutting down nine would-be base stealers from behind the plate.
Army West Point, Bucknell, Holy Cross and Lehigh each had four different players selected to the two all-League teams, while Lafayette had two players. Lehigh senior Connor Donovan was selected twice, as a first team designated hitter and a second team pitcher.
As the regular season champion, Navy has earned the top seed in the upcoming Patriot League postseason tournament and will host throughout at Max Bishop Stadium. First up for the Midshipmen will be a best-of-three semifinal series against the fourth-seeded Bison of Bucknell. The first game will be contested on Saturday, May 13 starting at 1 p.m. before game two and an `if necessary' game three would be played on Sunday, May 14 at 12 p.m. If Navy wins its semifinal matchup, the Mids would host the winner of the Holy Cross-Army series the following weekend in a best-of-three series beginning on Friday, May 19. All games of the championship series are scheduled to be held on separate days.
2017 Baseball All-Patriot League Team
Player of the Year: Travis Blue, Navy, SS, (Sr.)
Pitcher of the Year: Kyle Condry, Navy, RHP, (Sr.)
Rookie of the Year: Austin Masel, Holy Cross, OF (Fr.)
Defensive Player of the Year: Brett Smith, Bucknell, OF (Sr.)
Coach of the Year: Jim Foster, Army West Point
First-Team All-Patriot League%
SP: Connor Van Hoose, Bucknell (Jr.)*
SP: Kyle Condry, Navy (Sr.)
RP: Jett Meenach, Navy (Sr.)
C: Jon Rosoff, Army West Point (Jr.)*
1B: Anthony Critelli, Holy Cross (Sr.)
2B: Kris Lindner, Army West Point (Sr.)
SS: Travis Blue, Navy (Sr.)*
3B: Sam Clark, Bucknell (Jr.)
OF: Brett Smith, Bucknell (Sr.)*
OF: Jacen Nalesnik, Lehigh (Sr.)
OF: Leland Saile, Navy (Sr.)
OF: Logan Knowles, Navy (Jr.)
DH: Connor Donvan, Lehigh (Sr.)
DH: John Selsor, Lafayette (Jr.)
Second-Team All-Patriot League&
SP: Connor Donovan, Lehigh (Sr.)
SP: Noah Song, Navy (So.)
SP: Levi Stoudt, Lehigh (Fr.)
SP: Tyler Giovinco, Army West Point (So.)
RP: George Capen, Holy Cross (Sr.)
C: Adrian Chinnery, Navy (Sr.)
1B: Dave Young, Lehigh (Sr.)
2B: Steven Cohen, Lafayette (Jr.)
SS: Luke Johnson, Bucknell (Jr.)
3B: Thomas Russo, Holy Cross (Jr.)
OF: John McCarthy, Army West Point (Jr.)
OF: Austin Masel, Holy Cross (Fr.)
% - 14 players on first team due to tie in voting
& - Four starting pitchers on the second team due to a tie in voting
*- Unanimous first-team selection