Ferrum's Ortega earns All-South Region accolades

Ferrum College catcher Tim Ortega has earned second-team American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-South Region honors for the 2019 season.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ferrum College catcher Tim Ortega has been selected to the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-South Region team.

Ortega, a rising senior, is a second-team honoree and a first-time all-region performer.

Ortega, who saw action in all 40 of Ferrum’s games, batted a team-best .396 for the Panthers, who finished 22-18 and in a three-way tie for third place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) during regular-season play.

The 2019 baseball campaign was Ferrum’s inaugural one in the ODAC. Ferrum was picked to finish sixth in the league in its preseason poll.

Counting its two losses in the conference’s postseason tournament, the Panthers were 13-11 in ODAC play.

Ortega, who earned first-team All-ODAC accolades, belted a team-best 16 doubles, one triple and seven home runs and drove in a team-best 43 RBIs. He attained a .649 slugging percentage and a .464 on-base percentage, both team-best averages.

Ortega ranked third in the ODAC in hitting and third in RBIs.

On defense, Ortega’s fielding percentage was .981 — he was charged with five errors.

Ortega was involved in three double plays, he threw out 13 runners attempting to steal and was charged with three passed balls.

According to Ferrum records, Ortega is the program’s 75th all-region selection dating to the 1986 season, the Panthers’ first in NCAA Division III play. Many of Ferrum players who have garnered all-region laurels have been honored more than once.

Teams represented on the All-South Region first, second and third teams are Methodist, Christopher Newport, Ferrum, Shenandoah, Piedmont, York (Pa.), Birmingham-Southern, Centre, LaGrange, Hendrix, Randolph-Macon, Frostburg State, Huntigdon, North Carolina Wesleyan, Eastern Mennonite, Berry, Salisbury, Rhodes, Virginia Wesleyan, Hampden-Sydney, Oglethorpe, Sewanee, Gallaudet, Greensboro, Lynchburg and Roanoke.

Nick DiNapoli, a senior shortstop from Christopher Newport, is the regional Player of the Year and Nick Roth, a Randolph-Macon senior, the the regional Pitcher of the Year.

Earning first-team honors from the ODAC are Tristan Baker (second base, Shenandoah); Keegan Woolford (outfield, Shenandoah); and Roth.

Earning second-team honors from the ODAC are Michael Nickles (third base, Randolph-Macon); Jaylon Lee (outfield, Eastern Mennonite); Michael Zubovich (pitcher, Randolph Macon); and Ortega.

Earning third-team honors from the ODAC are Jordan McDonough (first base, Virginia Wesleyan); Chase Counts (second base, Hampden-Sydney); Kinston Carson (pitcher, Lynchburg); Kevin Ledford (pitcher, Roanoke); and Jacob Pilarski (pitcher, Virginia Wesleyan).

First-team selections are eligible for All-America laurels.

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