ROLLA, Mo. – Ohio Dominican junior first baseman Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) was voted as the D2CCA Midwest Region Player of the Year and junior outfielder Lee Sponseller (Mason, Ohio) joined him as a first team selection, the organization announced today.
This is the eighth time in program history that a player has been named the district or region player of the year and the first since Mike Hickle was named the NAIA All-District 22 Player of the Year in 1993. The duo are now eligible for All-American consideration as well.
Childers concluded the season with a .451 batting average, 14 homers, 17 doubles, five triples, 60 RBIs, 62 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. Through games played as of May 14, Childers ranks second nationally in slugging percentage (.846) and third in batting average while his .526 on-base percentage is ninth.
Childers closed the season with a 14 game hitting streak and had two or more hits in 12 of those games, hitting .609 with six homers, 25 RBIs and 14 walks in that stretch. On the season, he had 28 multi-hit games and 19 multi-RBI games, earned two GLIAC Player of the Week awards, and was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
The first Panther since Vince Doster in 2007 to be named conference player of the year (AMC), Childers is hitting .363 with 22 homers, 122 RBIs, 32 doubles and 137 runs scored in 145 career games.
Last week, Sponseller was named a First Team All-GLIAC selection for the second time in his career. This spring, he batted .341 with 14 homers, 11 doubles and 37 knocked in. He also walked a GLIAC-best 41 times, which led to a .474 on-base percentage, and slugged .665. Entering the GLIAC Tournament, he ranked second in the league in homers, fourth in slugging and eighth in OBP, and his 46 runs scored were also the ninth-best mark in the conference.
Sponseller earned GLIAC Player of the Week honors in April, the fifth time he has earned that award in his career, and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. In 131 career games, Sponseller has a .367 batting average with 26 homers, 108 RBIs, 32 doubles, 100 walks and a .488 OBP with a .626 slugging percentage.
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