Rio’s Shockley named preseason NAIA Baseball All-American

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — University of Rio Grande junior catcher Dylan Shockley is among those named to the 2019 NAIA Baseball Preseason All-America Team.

The 17-player list, which is selected annually by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association (NAIA-BCA) All-America Committee, was announced Wednesday evening.

A native of Minford, Ohio, Shockley hit a team-high .381 with 19 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 38 runs batted in for the RedStorm last season, earning a second team All-America honor in the process.

Shockley, who missed the 2017 campaign due to injury, earned First Team All-River States Conference honors and was named the league’s Player of the Year after leading the RSC in doubles, ranking third in batting average, tying for fourth in on-base percentage (.484) and finishing fifth in slugging percentage (.575).

Defensively, Shockley was credited with just three errors and four passed balls while appearing in all of Rio’s 52 contests. He tallied a .992 fielding percentage and threw out 50 percent (19-for-38) of those attempting to steal a base en route to a spot on the RSC’s Gold Glove Team.

Shockley also saw action as a pitcher in six games, finishing with a 2-1 record, three saves and 2.61 earned run average. He allowed eight hits and three runs over 10-1/3 innings, while striking out 19.

Four First-Team All-America Selections from last season – Stephen Chamblee of Bryan (Tenn.), Orlando Rodriguez of St. Thomas (Fla.), Walter Coursey of Georgia Gwinnett and Josh Sears of Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) – highlight this year’s preseason honorees. Sears, the sophomore designated hitter for Freed-Hardeman was a key piece for his team that made it to the title game of the 2018 Avista-NAIA World Series. In just his freshman season, he hit .374, slugged .743 and wacked 21 home runs, including one in the title game of the Spring Classic.

Chamblee finished his season ranked No. 6 in the nation in wins with 11 and racked-up 131 strikeouts in 102.1 innings pitched. The senior will look to lead the starting staff for the Lions again in 2019.

It was also a special season for Rodriguez, who will look to have similar success in south Florida yet again. In his junior season, he led the St. Thomas Bobcats with a 2.75 ERA and recorded 125 strikeouts over the course of his 98.1 innings of work.

Coursey finished the 2018 campaign with the second-best batting average in the nation. The utility player hit an incredible .485 in 2018 and finished in the top 10 in total hits (94) and hits per game (1.649).

William Jessup (Calif.) leads the list with three players, while St. Thomas and Oklahoma Wesleyan both feature two representatives.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.