Angle, three others earn All-AMC accolades
May 13, 2009
PITTSBURGH – Point Park’s Dave Angle capped off his outstanding season by being named the first-team designated hitter on the All-American Mideast Conference baseball team, which was released by the league office Wednesday.
Angle (Pittsburgh/Pine-Richland) led the Pioneers in almost every offensive category in his debut season at Point Park. The sophomore designated hitter/catcher who transferred from Garrett College (Md.) had team highs in batting average (.367), home runs (five), RBIs (39), slugging percentage (.583), walks (25) and on-base percentage (.483).
Angle (at right) tallied 51 hits on the year with 18 going for extra bases. He had 11 doubles, which helped him rank sixth in the AMC in slugging percentage. The 6-1, 215-pound Angle was fourth in the conference in on-base percentage.
Angle was named the AMC Player of the Week April 20-26 when he hit .588 with 15 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .940 in six games.
Joining Angle in gaining All-AMC recognition were Dan Campbell (Baldwin/Baldwin), Dillon Sauers (Bridgeville/South Fayette) and Derek Peluso (Zelienople/Seneca Valley), who each received All-AMC honorable-mention accolades.
Angle was the only designated hitter on the All-AMC first team, which like the second team, included 17 players. Each team consisted of eight position players, an extra outfielder, infielder and catcher, four starting pitchers, one relief pitcher and one designated hitter. There were 22 players who were honorable-mention selections.
Campbell (above, left), a junior catcher, posted career highs with a .301 batting average and 13 RBIs. Campbell started 22 games behind the plate, where he split time with two other catchers. In AMC play, he boosted his average by nine points, and he drove in 10 runs in conference games. Campbell was an All-AMC North honorable-mention choice as a freshman in 2007.
Sauers (at right) enjoyed a strong freshman season as a middle infielder. Splitting time between second base and short stop, Sauers hit .305 and was second on the team in hits (36) and RBIs (27). The Bridgeville native had a .403 on-base percentage, and in AMC games he hit .341 with 19 RBIs.
Peluso (pictured below), a freshman pitcher/outfielder, was a solid two-way player for the Pioneers. Peluso started 27 games as either an outfielder or designated hitter, and he also made 12 appearances as a pitcher.
The Zelienople native hit .280, drove in 10 runs and led the Pioneers with three triples. On the mound, Peluso had a 6.31 earned-run average in 25.2 innings while being used mostly as a reliever. He started two games and did not give up an earned run his last nine innings of work.
Malone swept the All-AMC individual awards after winning the AMC regular season and postseason titles. The Pioneers were 41-14 overall and 26-6 in the AMC. Shortstop Scott McIlvain was named the AMC Player of the Year, Adam Boulder was selected the AMC Pitcher of the Year and Tom Crank was chosen the AMC Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. Seven of the 17 players on the All-AMC first team were from Malone, including three of the four starting pitchers.