WINTHROP, Mass. – Over the weekend, the Johnson & Wales University baseball team proved it was one of the top teams in the league during the conference tournament and that was also reflected in the postseason awards. The Wildcats placed six student-athletes on the All-GNAC teams as announced by the league office.
Junior Colby Greenhalgh was named the First-Team All-GANC designated hitter. Garnering Second-Team All-GNAC honors was third-baseman Joe Maracic and pitcher James Smiegocki. Third-Team honors were bestowed upon outfielder Armani Henderson, designated hitter Adam Diehl and pitcher Josh Mousseau.
It's the second year in a row that the Plainfield, Conn. native Greenhalgh has earned First-Team accolades. A three-time GNAC Player of the Week, Greenhalgh led the GNAC in runs while finishing second in slugging percentage, third for on-base percentage and fifth for batting average. He was named to the GNAC All-Tournament team after hitting over .500 for the six-game postseason.
Maracic picked up his first All-GNAC award but it's not his first postseason award. The Syosset, NY native was the 2017 GNAC Rookie of the Year. Tabbed GNAC Player of the Week on April 1, he was 11th with a .358 batting average his .449 slugging percentage was 12th. He's in the league's top 10 for hits, RBIs and walks.
Even though he's been one of the league leaders for strikeouts and ERA the last three seasons, Smiegocki is picking up his first All-GNAC honor. The league leader in wins and complete games, he finished second with 62 strikeouts and third with a 3.13 ERA. The Lambertville, NJ native came up big when the Wildcats needed him as he threw a pair of complete games to earn GNAC All-Tournament honors.
Injuries limited Diehl last season, but with a clean bill of health, he was a big contributor. He placed fifth in the GNAC with a .398 batting average and led the way with a .504 on-base percentage. The Cypress, Texas native was also sixth in RBIs and ninth in doubles. He hit over .450 during the postseason to work his way onto the All-Tournament team.
Mousseau wrapped up his career with his best season on the mound. Named GNAC Pitcher of the Week on March 3, he posted a 4.19 ERA to go along with 44 strikeouts. The Woonsocket, RI native threw four complete games, including a 2-1 decision over league championship Saint Joseph's.
Henderson rejoined the Wildcats in 2019 and filled the void in center field. A native of Johnston, RI, he hit .273 with a .370 on-base percentage. Henderson was among the league leaders in doubles, triples and RBIs.
Head coach Kevin Casey should have another strong squad in 2020 as he only loses five seniors off this year's team, but will have to replace Smiegocki and Mousseau.