BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--Led by senior outfielder Ian Mikowski and freshman pitcher Pierce Banks, Adrian College was well-represented on the 2017 D3baseball.com All-Mideast Region teams that were released on Tuesday. Mikowski is the Mideast co-Player of the Year while Banks has been voted the region's top rookie.
Joining Mikowski (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview High School) on the all-region first team were the Bulldogs' middle infield of seniors shortstop Ryan Dorow (South Haven, Mich.) and second baseman Brian Killinger (Grand Rapids/ Northview HS) and junior starting pitcher Tommy Parsons (New Albany, Ohio), as Adrian led all schools with four. (No other team had more than two on the first team.) Banks (Sterling Heights, Mich./Parkway Christian HS) made the second unit.
Dorow is a four-time D3baseball all-region standout while Mikowski and Parsons both make it for the second year in a row. Banks and Killinger are first-time honorees. Banks is the school's first region rookie of the year since Dorow in 2014, and Mikowski becomes the first Bulldog ever to be named Mideast Player of the Year by D3basebal.com.
Mikowski also was a co-player of the year in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and first-team pick. After concluding NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Championship action, the sports management graduate leads the nation with a .580 on-base percentage, is second with a school-record 83 hits (leader has 84), 45 walks, 68 runs scored (leader has 69), school-record 42 stolen bases, and is fifth with a .472 batting average. His career year also included all-tournament team honors at the Midwest Regional, where he led the Bulldogs with six hits and five stolen bases in as many attempts and batted .429 in three games.
Banks made an immediate impact as the No. 2 starter in the Adrian rotation, compiling an 8-1 record with a MIAA-second-leading 2.43 earned-run average in his debut season. The athletic training major struck out 60 batters and opponents batted only .223 against him in 77-2/3 innings of work. He was first-team all-conference.
A three-time MIAA player of the year, Dorow set school single-season records with 187 at-bats, 166 assists, 41 double plays turned and 112 total bases. He led the MIAA with 54 runs batted in, which ranks 13 in NCAA Division III, and eight triples for fifth in the country and batted .401. This spring, he became the school's career record holder in games started/played (179), sacrifice flies (15), assists (570), home runs (25), runs scored (179) and runs batted in (188). The sports management graduate ends his college career as the Division III active career leader with 267 hits, 57 doubles and 425 total bases.
Killinger also enjoyed a career year that included personal records of .387 batting average, 46 runs, 67 hits, nine doubles, four triples, 90 total bases, .520 slugging percentage, 33 RBI, 16 stolen bases and 21 walks. He perfected 16 sacrifice bunts to set a school record that currently lists fourth in the nation. The athletic training graduate was a two-time D3baseball.com Team of the Week pick this spring, as well as All-MIAA First Team.
Going into the final weekend of the NCAA Division III season, Parsons leads the nation in victories (12-1, a school record) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (14.43). He also ranks second with a school-record nine complete games, eighth with fewest walks per 9 innings at 0.68 and ninth with a school-record 101 strikeouts. The business management major and two-time MIAA Pitcher of the Year and first-team member also led the conference with a 2.23 ERA and school-record 93 innings pitched. Earlier this season, Parsons went 44-1/3 innings without issuing a walk for what's believed to be a Division III all-time record and 25 scoreless innings for the 18th-longest streak in D-III history.
Players were nominated for these awards by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools.
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