Travis Blue Named to ABCA All-East Regional Second Team
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Last week, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced its 2017 All-Region Teams and for the third straight year a Navy player was amongst the talented squad that was named to the All-East Regional Team as Travis Blue (Sr., Orange, Calif.) garnered a spot as the shortstop on the second team.
The ABCA teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee.
The East All-Regional teams include players from schools such as UNC Wilmington, West Virginia, Old Dominion, VCU, Delaware and George Washington to name a few. Joining Blue on the infield of the second team were 1B Bobby Campbell from George Washington, 2B Cullen Large from William & Mary and UMBC’s 3B Christian Torres. Old Dominion’s Zach Rutherford claimed the All-East First Team nod at shortstop over Blue with a .332 batting average, 78 hits, 25 doubles, 56 RBIs and seven stolen bases.
This spring as a senior, Blue led the Midshipmen both on offense and defense as the team’s two-hole hitter and starting shortstop. Playing in and starting every game for the fourth straight season, the Orange, California native posted a .343 batting average, .418 on-base percentage, 50 runs scored, 73 hits, 16 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 44 RBIs. Blue, the 2017 Patriot League Player of the Year, led the conference in hits, while ranking second in batting average, total bases and triples and third in runs scored, RBIs and doubles. He also stole 15 bases and fielded his position with a .957 success rate with only 11 errors.
All-time, Blue leaves Navy as the program’s record holder in games played (222), games started (222), at bats (802), runs scored (163), base on balls (107) and fielding assists (587). He also departs with the fourth-most career hits (226), fifth-most RBIs (125), sixth-most total bases (304), seventh-most stolen bases (38) and tenth-most doubles (38).
As a team, Navy went 37-17 in 2017 and won the Patriot League regular season title for the third straight season. The team’s 37 wins are tied for second-most all-time with the 2015 club. During his four years in Annapolis, Blue and his fellow Class of 2017 teammates won a program record 140 games.
About the ABCA
The ABCA/Rawlings All-America team was first recognized in 1949 and is the oldest All-America team in college baseball. The Chair of the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America & Coach of the Year Committee is Dean Ehehalt of Monmouth University. Also on the committee are Mike Stone of UMass, Brian O'Connor of the University of Virginia, Butch Thompson of Auburn University, Steve Jaksa of Central Michigan University, Dan Heefner of Dallas Baptist University, Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State University and George Horton of the University of Oregon.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 74th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Navy Baseball Players Named to ABCA All-Region Teams
1995 - Toby Moore (2nd Team, Pitcher)
1996 - Tom McLemore (1st Team, Pitcher)
1998 - Todd Benke (1st Team, Shortstop)
1998 - Mark Zematis (2nd Team, DH)
1999 - Shane Groover (2nd Team, Pitcher)
2006 - Mitch Harris (1st Team, Pitcher)
2007 - Mitch Harris (2nd Team, Pitcher)
2008 - Thomas Hamilton (2nd Team, First Baseman)
2008 - Michael Speciale (2nd Team, Outfielder)
2015 - Luke Gillingham (1st Team, Pitcher)
2015 - Sean Trent (1st Team, Outfielder)
2016 - Luke Gillingham (1st Team, Pitcher)
2016 - Noah Song (2nd Team, Pitcher)
2017 – Travis Blue (2nd Team, Shortstop)