FREELAND, Mich.--The Adrian College baseball program was well-represented on the All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association teams with a pair of Bulldogs picking up the major awards, plus four teammates who joined them on the all-conference teams. That announcement was made by Commissioner Penny Allen-Cook on Wednesday.
In a vote of the league's eight head coaches, junior shortstop Ryan Dorow (South Haven High School) was named the MIAA Player of the Year while sophomore Tommy Parsons (New Albany [Ohio] HS) was tabbed the conference's top pitcher. Joining them on the All-MIAA First Team was junior outfielder Ian Mikowski (Grand Rapids/Northview). Grabbing second-team all-conference spots were seniors third baseman Matt Andrus (Troy/Auburn Hills Avondale), center fielder Jeff Gertley (Northville HS) and left fielder Josh Knorr (Adrian/Blissfield).
After being the runner-up as the conference's player of the year last season, Dorow returns to winning that award he achieved in 2014. The sports management major finished the regular season with several career highs while ranking in the MIAA top-5, including 65 hits (1st), school-record 55 runs batted in (2nd), 46 runs scored (4th) and .411 batting average (5th). He also lists first with 101 total bases, second with eight home runs, seventh with 25 walks and eighth with two triples while slugging .639 (4th) and having a .497 on-base percentage (7th).
Parsons led the MIAA with personal records of a 9-1 won-lost record and 73.2 innings pitched. He has a 2.20 earned-run average, which is second in the conference. He walked only six batters while striking out 45 during the regular season. Opponents hit just .217 (7th in the MIAA) against the business management major who faced the most batters in the league.
A sports management major, Mikowski also has enjoyed a career year like many of his teammates this spring. He has a conference-leading 25 stolen bases to set a school record. He also tops the MIAA with 51 runs scored while ranking second in walks (33), hits (63), batting average (.426 in 148 at-bats) and on-base percentage (.524). He's also slugging .547 for seventh.
Andrus has had a banner year going into the postseason, batting .331--over 120 points above his average as a junior--while knocking in 33 RBI for eighth in the MIAA. The final conference player of the week selection for 2016 also owns a .423 slugging and .469 on-base percentage. A sports management major, he has added eight doubles, two triples and two home runs to his most productive campaign in his fourth year as a member of the Bulldogs program.
Gertley is a two-time all-conference standout who enjoyed a .309/.403/.544 slashline entering the postseason. His MIAA ranks include second with 14 doubles as well as five sacrifice flies, third in both home runs (7) and RBI (45), sixth with 81 total bases and ninth with 24 walks. The accounting major's .544 slugging percentage is good for eighth in the conference.
Knorr--the third Bulldog in as many weeks to land on the D3baseball.com National Team of the Week--had a recent 16-game hit that saw his batting average rise to a MIAA-third-leading .403, which is almost .200 points higher than his junior season. His career year also includes 49 runs (MIAA 3rd), 14 doubles (T-2nd), 29 walks (3rd), .512 on-base efficiency (4th), 14 stolen bases (6th), 36 RBI (6th), 52 hits (9th), .527 slugging (10th) and 68 total bases (10th). Knorr majors in physical education.