SALISBURY, N.C. – Juniors Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) and Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) of the Georgia College baseball team were recently named to the Rawlings All-Southeast Region Team, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced recently.
Hazel earned a slot on the first team, while Ardeeser was chosen for second-team distinction.
Hazel hit .381 this season, adding 13 home runs and 53 RBI. The catcher had a .710 slugging percentage, and scored 45 runs as well. He is the first Rawlings All-Southeast Region First Team choice for Georgia College baseball since 2011, when Shawn Ward and Tanner Funk earned positions on the first team. Hazel is the lone first-team selection at catcher in program history, as Richard Pirkle was the only other catcher to be honored by Rawlings as a 2010 second teamer.
Ardeeser boasted a .424 average with 10 home runs and 63 RBI. He scored 59 runs and added a .683 slugging percentage as well. Ardeeser marks the third time a first baseman has earned Rawlings all-region status in Georgia College history, as Chris Grady was first team in 1995 and GC Hall of Famer Chris Carr was a second-team choice in 2001.
All-time GC Baseball owns 56 Rawlings all-region selections, 12 of which have come during head coach Tom Carty's seven seasons.
As a first-team choice, Hazel now moves on to the All-America ballot.
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