SEVERAL OWLS EARN AD3I POSTSEASON AWARDS

SEVERAL OWLS EARN AD3I POSTSEASON AWARDS

Overland Park, Kan. --  Several Maine-Presque Isle student-athletes were named to the Association of Division III Independents 2015 All-Independent Baseball Teams recently as voted by the AD3I head coaches and sports information directors.

Earning nods on the First Team were juniors Andrew Bartlett and Brady Rowe, while Matt Curry, Ghazaleh Sailors, Adam Begos, Soloman Fast, Tommy Collins and Matt Couchon were voted to the Second Team.

Bartlett (Damariscotta, ME) was a solid and dependable arm for the Owls pitching staff,  leading the Owls in ERA and finishing ranked #6 in the AD3I in that statistic.  He also led the Owls in batting average against and strikeout to walk ratio.  While Bartlett had a great start against Vaughn, throwing a 2-hit shutout on April 1st, he also shined out of the Owl bullpen, allowing less than a base runner per inning in his relief work.

Rowe (Halifax, NS) was a sparkplug atop the Owl lineup, hitting .286 to rank 13th in the AD3I and was also among the league leaders in on base percentage with a .365 mark.  Rowe, named the Owls MVP for his outstanding season, finished 3rd in the AD3I in Steals, 12th in hits and 14th in walks.

Senior Ghazaleh Sailors (Santa Barbara, CA) led the Owls in appearances for the third time in her 4-year career and again provided the Owls with quality innings no matter what role she was asked to play.  The highlight of her season was an outstanding start against Division I University of Maine, where she kept the Black Bears off balance and only allowed 4 earned runs in her 6 innings of work.  For her career, she has a 4.57 ERA against Division I opponents.

Junior returnees Tommy Collins (Eastport, ME) and Adam Begos (Portland, ME) also hold spots on the AD3I second squad.  Collins played exceptional defense for the youthful Owls and provided strong leadership from his centerfield slot in the outfield.

Begos returns to the AD3I Second team for his second year in a row.  Begos made great strides in consistency, both with the glove and the bat, improving by more than .30 points in batting average this season, while cutting his fielding errors in half in 2015.  The junior second baseman was a clutch hitter all season, leading the Owls in RBI.

The Owls had three freshmen earn AD3I accolades.  Matt Curry, Soloman Fast and Matt Cauchon were each named for their stellar rookie seasons.  Fast (Phillips, ME) was solid behind the plate all season for the Owls.  Athletic and sure-handed, Fast enjoyed a fine season hitting .250, with 5 doubles, ranking 9th in the AD3I in two-baggers, while only committing 3 errors.

Curry (Caribou, ME) was a threat on the mound and at bat, leading the conference in complete games, while ranking #2 in strike outs, #3 in innings pitched and 11th in ERA.  Curry made an impact with the bat in his hands as well, finishing in the AD3I top 30 in runs, hits, doubles and stolen bases.

Cauchon (Kingston, MA) made an impact within the Owl program with an on base percentage of .380, while ranking 5th in AD3I in steals, 6th in runs, 7th in walks.  Cauchon also ranked in the AD3I top 20 in batting average, hitting.260 in 25 games for the Owls this season.