NEWPORT NEWS — The Ferrum College senior battery of left-hander Drew Calohan and catcher Tim Ortega have earned second-team College Division All-State baseball accolades for the 2020 campaign in voting by the Virginia Sports Information Directors.
The Panthers finished an abbreviated 2020 season, one that was brought to an early conclusion because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an 11-5 record.
Ferrum has had at least one All-State player since 2012 according to program records, but this year marks the first time since 2017 that Ferrum has had multiple players cited.
Ortega is a repeat second-team team selection, while Calohan is a first-time honoree.
Calohan, the Panthers’ No. 1 starter, was 4-0 with a 3.34 earned-run-average (ERA). He made five starts.
In 32.1 innings, Calohan struck out 27.
Calohan, a second-team all-conference performer in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) as a junior, also saw playing time in the outfield for the Panthers.
Calohan, who hails from Rustburg, is a Ferrum legacy player; his father, Andy played for the Panthers during Abe Naff’s 23-year tenure as skipper.
Ortega batted .421 with three home runs, 18 RBIs and 12 runs.
Defensively, Ortega registered a .990 fielding percentage with 83 putouts and 14 assists. He was part of two double plays, threw out four of six runners attempting to steal and was charged with one error.
Ortega came to Ferrum from Bluffton, S.C., but now hails from Yuma, Ariz. He earned all-conference laurels in the ODAC and the USA South during his career and was a second-team All-South Region choice in 2019 in voting by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Players earning first-team laurels represent these Virginia small colleges: Eastern Mennonite University, Hampden-Sydney College, Randolph-Macon College, University of Lynchburg, Marymount University, Shenandoah University, Bridgewater College,Washington and Lee University and Christopher Newport University.
Joining Calohan and Ortega on the second team are starting pitchers Greg Duncan of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Michael Zubovich of Randolph-Macon College; relief pitchers Tyler Dunn of Randolph-Macon College, Tom Kellogg of Washington and Lee University and Bradford Webb of Hampden-Sydney College; first baseman Kevin Russell of Virginia State University; second baseman Mike Ferrara of Marymount University; third baseman Braden Lambert of Newport News Apprentice School; shortstop Bobby Leitzel of Marymount University; outfielders Jarret Biesecker of Bridgewater College, Henry Delavergne of Shenandoah University and Shawn Nickles of Randolph-Macon College; designated hitter Garrett Howard of Eastern Mennonite University; and Jacob Pilarski of Virginia Wesleyan University.