Ferrum's Ortega earns second-team All-State honors

Tim Ortega, a rising senior student-athlete at Ferrum College, has earned second-team College Division All-State laurels in baseball in voting by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

NEWPORT NEWS — Ferrum College catcher Tim Ortega has received second-team College Division All-State accolades in baseball for the 2019 campaign by a vote of the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

Players who compete for NCAA Division II, III, NAIA and independent colleges and universities in Virginia are eligible for nomination.

Earlier, Ortega, a rising senior, earned Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) accolades from the league’s coaches and All-South Region laurels from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

Ortega, who saw action in all 40 of Ferrum’s games this season, batted a team-best .396 for the Panthers, who finished 22-18 and in a three-way tie for third place in the ODAC during regular-season play. The 2019 baseball season was Ferrum’s inaugural one in the ODAC. The Panthers were 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 belted a team-best 16 doubles, one triple and seven home runs and drove in a team-best 43 RBIs.

Ortega 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.

Ortega, who hails from Bluffton, South Carolina, is the program’s 65th All-State selection. Ferrum’s program has had at least one player earn College Division All-State honors for eight consecutive years: from 2012 to 2019.

Christopher Newport University, which competes in the Capital Athletic Association (CAC) claimed two individual awards: shortstop Nick DiNapoli is the Player of the Year and John Harvell is the Coach of the Year.

Also, Randolph-Macon College pitcher Nick Roth is the Pitcher of the Year and Garrett Jackson, who plays third base and pitches for the University of Lynchburg, is the Rookie of the Year.

Eight Christopher Newport players earned first-team laurels: DiNapoli, catcher Ryan Grubbs, first baseman Nicholas Baham, secondbaseman Joseph Cutchins, third baseman Seth Woodard, outfielder Trey Hicks, starting pitcher Josh Husby and relief pitcher Tyler Jumper.

Also receiving first-team citations are outfielder Jaylon Lee of Eastern Mennonite University,outfielder Luke Tyree of Marymount University, designated hitter Matt Spangnolo of Hampden-Sydney College, utility player Kinstono Carson of Lynchburg, starting pitchers Roth and Michael Zubovich of Randolph-Macon and relief pitcher Kevin Ledford of Roanoke College.

Joining Ortega on the second team are infielders Jordan McDonough (first base) of Virginia Wesleyan University, Chase Counts (second base) of Hampden-Sydney, Mike Nickles (third base) of Randolph-Macon and Thomas Packert (shortstop) of Apprentice School; outfielders Christian Hague of the University of Mary Washington, Jordan Mason of Christopher Newport and Shawn Nickles of Randolph-Macon; designated hitter Eric O'Brien of Christopher Newport; utility player Austin Sizemore of Marymount; starting pitchers Hank Biggs of Mary Washington, Paul Jones of Apprentice and Jacob Pilarski of Virginia Wesleyan; and relief pitchers Gerald DePhillips of Shenandoah University and Packert of Apprentice.

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