ROYAL OAK, Mich. - For the sixth straight season an Adrian College baseball player has been named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Most Valuable Position Player. Junior Dan Heatherly (Trenton, Mich.) is in his first year with the program after spending the last two years at Owens Community College and made an immediate impact for the Bulldogs in 2013. Heatherly batted .366 in MIAA games which ranked sixth and also led the league with 49 total bases, four home runs and 29 runs scored. He also ranked second with 21 runs batted in and sixth in on-base percentage (.459). Heatherly also earned a spot on the first team as a designated hitter/utility player.
Senior catcher Jamey Sackett (Birmingham, Mich.), senior third baseman Anthony Sergi (Northville, Mich.) and junior pitcher Holden Branch (Onsted, Mich.) were also named First Team All-MIAA. Sackett batted .239 this season in MIAA action and started in all 28 league games behind the plate. He scored 20 runs and collected five doubles and 10 runs batted in. He also had a .986 fielding percentage with 129 putouts and 16 assists in the field.
Sergi is making his first trip to the first team after a breakout season. He batted .403 in conference games finishing second in the batting title. Sergi led the league with 22 runs batted in and finished second in doubles (8), on-base percentage (.494) and slugging percentage (.556). Branch is also a first time selection to the first team for the Bulldogs. He emerged as a standout starter on the mound leading the MIAA with a 0.72 earned run average in six starts over 37.1 innings. Branch tied for second with five wins (5-0) and ranked third in opposing batting average (.182) and fourth in strikeouts (28).
Senior outfielder Andrew DeLuca (Westland, Mich.) made the Second Team All-MIAA after being selected First Team All-MIAA in 2012. DeLuca batted .337 (28-for-83) in league play and ranked second in doubles (8), third in on-base percentage (.476) and fourth in runs scored (25). He had a 1.000 fielding percentage in 47 chances and ranks first in hit by pitch (11).