Burlington, N.C. – Ethan Garner earned Freshman of the Year honors while Nathaniel Maggio, Hunter Dillworth, and John Leopard earned All-Conference honors, as announced by the league on Thursday evening.
Garner is the team’s first Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year for the baseball program. Garner has cemented himself in the NGU starting rotation in his inaugural season in Tigerville. The freshman Jefferson, Georgia, earned Freshman of the Year honors after turning in one of the best freshman seasons in school history. Garner finished the 2016 slate with a 5-2 record overall, boasting a 2.76 earned run average. He held opponents to a batting average of just .211 while striking out 37 in 45.2 innings of work.
Nathaniel Maggio was named first team all conference after registering one of the league’s best offensive performances. Maggio leads the conference with 17 home runs this season. The sophomore first baseman has a batting average .324 and leads the team in doubles with 20, RBI with 49, and runs scored with 49.
Hunter Dillworth and John Leopard were both honored by league coaches with second team all conference nods. Dillworth wrapped up his career at North Greenville with a solid senior campaign, leading the league with eight wins while ranking fifth with a 3.10 earned run average. He struck out 43 batters while holding opponents to a .275 batting average.
John Leopard carried the torch for NGU this season as he led the league with 12 saves. It’s the second consecutive season a NGU reliever has led the conference in that category following Adam Boghosian a season ago. Leopard finished the season with a 1.30 earned run average in 27-appearances. He struck out 38-batters and held opponents to a .202 batting average.
The Crusaders will continue the Conference Carolinas tournament tomorrow morning at 10am. The Crusaders will finish their opening round game with Barton College following the postponement of the game in the sixth inning on Thursday night. NGU trails the Bulldogs 4-0.