Ballpark client Joe Silva awarded NACC Baseball Player of the Year
Published by NACC Sports
The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference has announced the baseball awards for the 2016 season, as voted on by the league’s head coaches, and league champion Concordia Chicago took home three of the four major awards.
The Cougars’ Joe Silva was named the Position Player of the Year. Teammate Eric Palmer the Pitcher of the Year and Mike Stawski was voted Coach of the Year by his peers.
Benedictine’s Frank Greco was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year.
Silva (Arlington Heights, Illinois) was the league leader in on-base percentage (.506), slugging percentage (.580), stolen bases (22) and was walked 27 times, also tops in the NACC. The sophomore outfielder’s .399 batting average and 40 runs scored were second in the conference. Meanwhile, he ranked in the top 10 in hits (55), doubles (12), triples (2) and home runs (3). He makes his first appearance on the All-NACC first team, after a second-team selection his rookie year.
Palmer (Melrose Park, Ill.) posted the NACC’s top ERA at 1.68 in 59 innings pitched. The senior right-hander compiled a 5-0 record in 10 starts, also led the league with 74 strikeouts and walked just 20 batters. The former Freshman of the Year makes his third appearance in the All-NACC first team.
Greco (Hickory Hills, Ill.) led the league with seven wins (7-0) in eight starts for the Eagles (20-18, 13-7 NACC). The rookie right-hander had the second-best ERA in the league at 2.35 in 61.1 innings pitched including three complete games.
In his first season at the helm, Stawski (29-11, 16-4) led CUC to the program’s fourth consecutive title. The Cougars are the top seed in this week’s NACC Tournament and ranked 19th in the nation and second in the NCAA Midwest Region.