The Transylvania University baseball team took home two of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s major postseason awards Tuesday when senior outfielder/pitcher Trey Simpson was named league Most Valuable Player and Chris Campbell was voted Coach of the Year.
Several additional Pioneers received all-conference honors in voting by the HCAC’s coaches.
Sophomore designated hitter Jared Williams (Conner) and junior pitcher Tom Banahan (Lexington Catholic) made the first team. Senior second baseman Kody Ross (Boyle County), sophomore third baseman Rex Rogers (St. Henry), senior outfielder Hunter Jones (Scott County) and junior pitcher Braden Johnson (South Oldham) were named to the second team. Junior utility player Connor Blevins (Boyle County) and senior outfielder/pitcher Kameron Schwartz (Boone County) received honorable mention. Sophomore outfielder Will Adams (Murray) was selected to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Simpson, who attended Male High School in Louisville, hit .415 in conference play and had 28 runs, 17 RBI, seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 18 stolen bases. He had a .575 slugging percentage and a .492 on-base percentage in league play. Overall in 2016, Simpson led the HCAC in batting average (.383), while also posting a 4-2 record on the mound in 11 appearances. Simpson had a 5.02 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 52 innings.
Campbell guided the Pioneers to a 22-19 record overall and to a second-place finish in the league with a 17-9 mark. Campbell previously was named Coach of the Year in 2007.
Rose-Hulman’s Alec McNally was named the HCAC’s Pitcher of the Year. Walter Talcott of Earlham was Freshman of the Year.