Cumberland Times-News

March 23, 2013

Collette, Conley receive pre-season Division II honors

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— PHILIPPI, W. Va. — Former area high school standouts Sean Collette and Jeff Conley were named NCAA Division II Atlantic Region pre-season All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Collette, a former standout at Allegany High and Allegany College, and Conley, the 2010 high school player of the year at Frankfort, are key members of the Alderson-Broaddus College team. Collette, of Cumberland, is a senior outfielder. Conley, of Fort Ashby, is a junior outfielder and pitcher.

“It’s always great when a program can see the translation from team success into individual honors,” said head coach Luke Harrigan. “Sean and Jeff are great program guys who have worked extremely hard in the offseason. With how dedicated our team has worked this offseason, we have plenty of other capable players that have the ability to join these two in being recognized at the end of the season.”

Last year, Collette was first-team All-West Virginia Conference, first team All-Region and named a third-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in helping A-B to a 29-24 overall record and a 23-10 mark in the WVIAC. The Battlers lost to Shepherd in the conference championship game.

Collette led Battlers with a .405 batting average and led the conference in hits (79), was second in runs (69) and total bases (120) and third in batting average and doubles (18). He also had five home runs, 44 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

Conley was second-team all-conference and second-team All-Region after hitting .343 with nine home runs and a team-high 62 RBIs. He led the WVIAC in triples (5), was second in RBIs and fourth in total bases (111). His 62 RBIs were 13th best in the nation among Division II players.

Collette and Conley were also named two of the Players to Watch this year by, and Collette was on the watch list for the fourth annual Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year Award. The list features 152 top players from across the country. The winner will be announced June 3.

So far this year, the Battlers have done just that — battled Mother Nature — with numerous games canceled or postponed by snow and cold weather. They swept a doubleheader from Fairmont State, 3-1 and 10-8 on Saturday, have an 11-7 record and a six-game winning streak.

Through the first 14 games, Conley was hitting .273 with three doubles, a triple, a homer and 13 RBIs. Collette got off to a slow start and was at .224 but has a team-high 14 runs scored, four doubles, a homer and five RBIs. Collette doubled, singled and knocked in two runs, and Conley went 3 for 5 in a 7-6 win over Salem on Thursday.