KINGSPORT, Tenn. — The St. Andrews University baseball team had three players named to the all-conference team on Wednesday the league announced.
Knights seniors Ryne Dickens, Nolan Pierce and Trevor Maly all earned second-team all Appalachian Athletic Conference honors.
Dickens, a Reidsville native, plays center fielder for St. Andrews; Pierce, a Laurel Hill native, plays third base and left field and Maly, a native of Channahon, Ill., was one of the starting pitchers for the Knights.
Earlier this week, Maly earned his second AAC Pitcher of the Week Award for his complete game shutout against Truett-McConnell. Maly finished the year leading the Knights with six wins on the mound, 69 strikeouts and a 3.97 ERA.
Dickens had a stellar senior campaign leading the team in home runs, batting average and RBIs. Dickens tallied nine home runs to finish the season hitting .355 with 36 RBIs. The Knights senior also led the team with 69 hits, 16 doubles, 110 total bases and had an on-base percentage of 1.020. Dickens had a .975 fielding percentage with just three errors all season, as he just missed making the All-Gold Glove Team.
Pierce also had a stellar season in the batter’s box hitting .354 with 56 hits, seven doubles, a home run, and 31 RBIs. Pierce tallied 68 total bases and had a .417 on base percentage while walking more times than striking out. On the mound, Pierce had a 3.38 ERA.
Even though he did not make the all-conference team, red-shirt freshman Bryce Dixon was named to the AAC Champions of Character team. Dixon, a native of Hamlet, played outfield for the Knights and showed the five core values of the NAIA — integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
Bryan College won both of the league’s special awards as outfielder Fernando Garcia was named Player of the Year and Stephen Chamblee was named Pitcher of the Year.