Marucci Elite Hitter Awards presented to top batters in baseball

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2015 recipients of the NJCAA Baseball Marucci Elite Hitter Award were released Thursday.

Selections – based on the highest batting average in each district – were made by each division’s respective sport committee. Student-athletes eligible for the award must have been a member of their respective all-region team and were nominated for All-America consideration.

2015 NJCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL MARUCCI ELITE HITTERS
 DISTRICT REGION(S)  PLAYER  COLLEGE AVG
 Central 6  Garrett Benge  Cowley County (KS) .502
 East Central 7, 17  Ross Grosvenor  Walters State (TN) .409
 Eastern 10, 15, 20  Brett Hash  Harford (MD) .443
 Gulf 8  Myles Straw  St. Johns River State (FL) .429
 Northern 4, 11, 24  Alex Krupa  Iowa Western .464
 Southeasterm 22  Hunter Ellenburg  Alabama Southern .461
 Southern 14  Logan Sepanek  Paris (TX) .435
 South Central 2, 16, 23  Jacob Walters  St. Louis (MO) .461
 Southwest 5  Jacy Cave  New Mexico JC .491
 Western 1, 9, 18  Willie Calhoun  Yavapai (AZ) .464


2015 NJCAA DIVISION II BASEBALL MARUCCI ELITE HITTERS
 DISTRICT REGION(S)  PLAYER  COLLEGE AVG
 East 3, 15, 21  Steve Pinales  Sullivan County (NY) .464
 Midwest 24  Colby Griggs  Lincoln Land (IL) .421
 North 12  James White  Sinclair (OH) .439
 North Central 4  Brandon Gibis  Madison (WI) .452
 North Plains 9, 11, 13  Sam Palensky  Southeast (NE) .421
 Northeast 19, 20  Chris Mattison  Frederick (MD) .527
 Plains 2, 6, 16  Kade Carrigan  Redlands (OK) .458
 South 23  Chad McNeil  Holmes (MS) .433
 Southeast 8, 10  Danny Sullivan  Catawba Valley (NC) .440
 Southwest 1  James Ziegler  Chandler-Gilbert (AZ) .400


2015 NJCAA DIVISION III BASEBALL MARUCCI ELITE HITTERS
DISTRICT REGION(S)  PLAYER  COLLEGE AVG
A 3  Taishi Terashima  Herkimer (NY) .500
B 4, 12  Brian Taheri  DuPage (IL) .421
C 2, 5, 14  Casey Maack  Eastfield (TX) .441
D 10, 20  Mitch Spille  Montgomery (MD) .463
E 13  Zach Schwieters  Riverland (MN) .478
F 15  Nicholas Manzione  Kingsborough (NY) .450
G 19  Jon Gonzalez  Rowan Gloucester (NJ) .477
H 21  Harrison Smoske  Northern Essex (MA) .441



About Marucci Sports
Like most great all-American stories, Marucci comes from humble beginnings. Started in a 6'x9' tool shed by Jack Marucci and two former big leaguers, Kurt Ainsworth and Joe Lawrence, Marucci was built on an unflinching commitment to handcrafting the best wood bat in the game. Today more than 300 big leaguers use Marucci bats, including Albert Pujols, Andrew McCutchen, José Bautista, and David Ortiz. Marucci is majority owned by professional players and uses its player advisory board to design the game’s most innovative product line-up, which includes wood and aluminum bats, batting gloves and protective equipment.

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