Branch and Dorow Sweep MIAA Top Honors in Baseball

Branch and Dorow Sweep MIAA Top Honors in Baseball

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) has announced its postseason awards for the 2014 baseball season and league champion Adrian College received the top two individual honors and placed a total of five players on the first team and two players on the second team. Senior right-hander Holden Branch (Onsted, Mich.) was named MIAA Pitcher of the Year and freshman infielder Ryan Dorow (South Haven, Mich.) was selected by the league coaches as the Position Player of the Year.

Branch becomes the first Adrian pitcher since David Partyka in 2011 to win Pitcher of the Year. He finished league play with a 6-0 record and a 1.76 earned run average ranking first in wins and second in ERA. Branch threw two complete games and one shutout and allowed just 31 hits in 41 innings. He also struck out 14 batters and held the opponents to a .209 batting average. Dorow becomes the seventh straight Bulldog to win the Position Player of the Year award and the first freshman to accomplish the feat. He ranked in the top five in the MIAA in five offensive categories including leading the league in hits (38), total bases (63) and home runs (4). He also ranked third in slugging percentage (.649) and fifth in RBI (23).

The other Bulldogs joining Branch and Dorow on the First Team All-MIAA list were senior third baseman Mitch Stefanski (Oxford, Mich.), senior outfielder Sam Fischer (Monclova, Ohio/Anthony Wayne H.S.) and senior pitcher Brent Greenwood (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer H.S.). Stefanski batted .368 in league action and ranked first in triples (6) and slugging percentage (.690). He also blasted three home runs and ranked third in the conference with 25 RBI. Fischer is now a two-time, first team selection (2012) and batted .370 with 27 runs and 37 hits. He ranked second in runs, total bases (62) and home runs (4), third in hits and sixth in RBI (23). Greenwood won four games and captured the ERA title with a 1.40 in 45 innings. He completed five games to lead the league and was third in strikeouts (35).

Senior first baseman R.J. Rios (Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis H.S.) and junior pitcher Eric Schmidt (Blissfield, Mich.) were named Second Team All-MIAA. Rios is a first time honoree while Schmidt was also second team in 2012 as a freshman. Rios has always been a solid defensive player and broke out offensively this season. He fielded .992 in league play and ranked first with 226 putouts. He also batted .316 with 24 hits in 76 at-bats and ranked seventh in walks (13) and ninth in on-base percentage (.448). Schmidt was the team's No. 1 pitcher in the rotation and finished 5-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 39.1 innings. He ranked fourth in wins and fifth in strikeouts (31).

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