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Four Mids Selected to All-ECAC Baseball Second Team

Kyle Condry
May 31, 2017

DANBURY, Conn. – On Wednesday, the Navy baseball team had four of its players garnered All-ECAC Second Team recognition. The quartet of senior SS Travis Blue, senior SP Kyle Condry, junior CF Logan Knowles and senior RF Leland Saile were selected from a regional-based ballot after recording strong 2017 seasons for the 37-17 Midshipmen club.

Blue completed his four-year career with Navy with a standout senior season that resulted in his selection as the Patriot League Player of the Year. The Orange, California native started and played in all 54 games in 2017 to round off his career with 222 straight starts dating back to Opening Day 2014. Blue finished his final collegiate campaign with a .343 batting average, .418 on-base percentage, 50 runs scored, 73 hits, 16 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 44 RBIs. He ranked top-five in the Patriot League in seven of those eight categories, minus the home run statistic. In addition to his prowess at the plate, Blue stole 15 bases and fielded his position at shortstop at a .957 clip with only 11 errors. During his school-record 222 games played for the Mids, Blue registered the most runs scored (163), most base on balls (107), fourth-most hits (226), fifth-most RBIs (125), fifth-most triples (14), seventh-most stolen bases (38) and 10th-most doubles (38) for one’s career.

Blue’s counterpart as a major Patriot League award winner and All-ECAC recipient was the conference’s Pitcher of the Year, Kyle Condry. A right-hander from Highland Village, Texas, Condry saved his best collegiate season for last as the team captain blossomed in 2017 and dominated his competition down the stretch this spring. After a slow start saw him give of 10 of his total 23 runs over his first three starts, Condry pitched into the sixth in each of his next nine starts and allowed two earned runs or less in every appearance. He completed the year with a 7-2 record, 2.89 ERA, four complete games, 71.2 innings pitched, 61 strikeouts and a .254 opponents’ batting average. He ranked top-five in conference in all six categories. In Patriot League-only regular season contests, Condry went 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 33.1 innings. He completed three of Navy’s five conference games.


 

 

One of the leading power hitters in the Patriot League in 2017, Saile capped off his career with a strong senior campaign that saw the right-fielder hit .319 with 38 runs scored, 61 hits, nine doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 58 RBIs and a .529 slugging percentage over 53 games. The Land O’Lakes, Florida native was the Patriot League’s leader in runs batted in with 12 more than his nearest competitor and ranked second in home runs. His batting average, runs scored, hits and slugging percentage all finished top-10 in the conference’s standings. Over his four-year career, Saile compiled the fourth-most RBIs (138), fifth-most home runs (16), eighth-most doubles (39) and 16th-most hits (175) in program history.

A catalyst for the top of the Mids’ batting order, Knowles transformed himself from the team’s starting third baseman and nine-hole hitter in 2016 to its leadoff hitter and starting center-fielder in 2017. The impact of this move and results were immediate and felt throughout the 2017 season as Knowles patrolled the expansive outfield at Max Bishop Stadium and performed at the plate at an All-Patriot League and All-ECAC level. The Port Orchard, Washington native played and started in all 54 games and posted a .330 batting average, .437 on-base percentage, 56 runs scored, 70 hits, 14 doubles, six triples, 23 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Knowles finished the year top-five in the Patriot League’s standings for each of the categories, minus doubles (sixth) and RBIs. He added to his value with the nation’s 32nd-best ratio in the toughest to strike out category (13.3 at bats per strikeout).

In the ECAC voting, Navy’s players were on a ballot that included athletes from UConn, Seton Hall, Bryant, St. Joseph’s, and William & Mary, as well as 2017 NCAA participants Central Connecticut State, Marist and Yale to name a few.

These selections make it four straight years that a Navy player has been selected as a member of an All-ECAC team. LHP Anthony Parenti started the streak in 2014 before LHP Luke Gillingham went back-to-back in 2015 and 2016. LF Sean Trent also earned All-ECAC Second Team honors in 2015 with Gillingham.

In total, eight student-athletes from the Patriot League to earn All-ECAC baseball honors as Bucknell’s Connor Van Hoose and Brett Smith and Lehigh’s Jacen Nalesnik and Connor Donovan gathered spots.

ECAC Division I Baseball Awards and All-ECAC Selections

Player of the Year
Mickey Gasper – Bryant University, Jr.

Pitcher of the Year
Nick Gallagher – Binghamton University, So.

Rookie of the Year
Mason Feole – University of Connecticut, Fr.

Coach of the Year
Tim Sinicki – Binghamton University

All-ECAC First Team
Joe Drpich – Siena College, Jr.
Chris Hess – University of Rhode Island, Jr.
Matt O’Neil – University of Rhode Island, Sr.
Mickey Gasper – Bryant University, Jr.
Benny Wanger – Yale University, So.
Jake Lumley – Canisius College, Sr.
Jacen Nalesnik – Lehigh University, Sr.
Tim Graul – University of Pennsylvania, Sr.
Mike Corin – University of Rhode Island, Sr.
Patrick Robinson – Harvard University, So.
Nick Gallagher – Binghamton University, So.
Zach Prendergast – Seton Hall University, Sr.
Danny Marsh – Wagner College, Sr.

All-ECAC Second Team*
Cullen Large – College of William & Mary, Jr.
Justin Drpich – Binghamton University, Fr.
Dean Lockery – Central Connecticut State University, Jr.
Justin Yurchak – Binghamton University, r-So.
Connor Donovan – Lehigh University, Sr.
Travis Blue – United States Naval Academy, Sr.
Brett Smith – Bucknell University, Sr.
Leland Saile – United States Naval Academy, Sr.
Logan Knowles – United States Naval Academy, Jr.
Anthony Godino – Wagner College, Jr.
Nick Angelini – Bryant University, Sr.
Kyle Condry – United States Naval Academy, Sr.
Charlie Jerla – Marist College, Jr.
Connor Van Hoose – Bucknell University, Jr.
Scott Politz – Yale University, So.
Jacob Wloczewski – Binghamton University, Jr.
Tim Cate – University of Connecticut, So.
Austin Goeke – Wagner College, Sr.
Steve Theetge – Bryant University, Sr.

*Additional players added due to ties

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