MOUNT CARMEL -- In recognition of their successful individual seasons, four Wabash Valley College baseball Warriors were given the nod as NJCAA Division I All-Americans on Tuesday afternoon.
The Warriors honored, sophomore first baseman and Ole Miss signee, Cael Baker, sophomore center fielder, South Carolina commit and Blue Jays 30th round selection, Noah Myers, sophomore second baseman and Indiana State signee, Brian Fuentes, and freshman southpaw Cameron Tullar.
For Baker, his First Team All-American selection is just another honor in recognition of the phenomenal season he had. Perfect Game announced Baker as their JUCO Player of the Year and Baker won the Triple Crown in NJCAA Division I Baseball, having led nationally in batting average (.506), RBIs (101) and home runs (25). Baker also led nationally with a ridiculous slugging percentage (1.051) and OBP (.596).
The former University of Cincinnati transfer is signed to continue his collegiate career at the University of Mississippi.
Next, Myers was selected as a member of the Second Team All-American squad.
Myers enjoyed a standout season atop the Warriors batting order, slashing for the second-highest BA (.397) on the team with a minimum of 100 at bats while leading nationally in runs (92) and stolen bases (77). The speedy Myers was a menace on the basepath for the Warriors and will be sorely missed as their leadoff hitter. He'll look to continue his momentum as a Gamecock.
On the Third Team, Fuentes made an appearance.
Often referred to as the Warriors most clutch hitter (with Baker) this season by Warriors head baseball coach Rob Fournier, Fuentes was slotted as the three-hole hitter in a lethal WVC batting order and thrived. Fuentes had a tremendous season at the plate (.384 BA, 15 homers, 65 RBIs, 76 runs) and received the most at bats this season on the team. His smooth swing and tremendous power will be hard to replace next season for the Warriors. His next chapter will be as a Sycamore at Indiana State.
Lastly, Tullar was on the Honorable Mention All-American list.
As a freshman, Tullar (9-1) had as good of campaign as you could ask for. The left-hander tossed 66 2-3 innings as the No. 2 pitcher in the Warriors rotation, slotted between sophomore righty Ryan O'Connell and freshman southpaw Antoine Kelly Jr. Tullar was second on the team in strikeouts (104), had the second lowest ERA among the three starters (2.02 ERA) and allowed the fewest walks among the trio (16). He's set to return to Wabash Valley and will anchor their rotation next season. He's likely to have MLB scouts traveling to Mount Carmel to spectate him in his sophomore season.
With a total of four players on the list, Wabash Valley College had the most players recognized, leading Walters State and Iowa Western, who each had three.
Though their season ended in defeat -- falling to Iowa Western 10-5 in the Northern District Championship game -- the Warriors will look to replace the production Baker, Myers and Fuentes are leaving behind and reload. It's no easy task, but in Wabash Valley, it's expected.