CLEVELAND, OH -- Denison junior Will Krushena (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day) and Allegheny junior Sean Kealey (Pittsburgh, PA/Baldwin) have been named the Player of the Year and the Pitcher of the Year to highlight the 2019 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Baseball Team following balloting by the league coaches.
Krushena, who is a first-time All-NCAC selection, is the third Denison player to earn the NCAC's Player of the Year award, joining Tanner Johnson (2018) and Derek Johnson(2001). Over the course of the Big Red's 40-game regular season schedule, the junior hit .409 (65-for-159) with 19 doubles, five home runs, two triples, 62 RBI and 42 runs scored. He opened the season with a school-record 28-game hitting streak and hit for the cycle in Denison's 12-9 win over Kenyon on April 16. He had three or more hits in a game on seven different occasions during the regular season, highlighted by three 4-for-5 efforts.
Kealey, who elevated to the top team this year after landing on the honorable mention squad in 2018, is the ninth player in program history to earn the NCAC's Pitcher of the Year award and first since Chase Boyer earned the honor in 2016. The junior closed out the regular season portion of the schedule with a 6-3 record, which included a 4-1 mark in six appearances against conference foes. He posted a 3.80 ERA after allowing 27 earned runs on 55 hits in 64.0 total innings of regular season work. In 11 total appearances on the year, he struck out 69 batters and limited opposing hitters to a .234 batting average.
Just three Wooster players are repeat selections on the top team from 2018, including senior utility player Chandler Dippman (Waterville, OH/St. John's Jesuit), senior first baseman Garrett Crum (Alliance, OH/Canton South) and junior designated hitter Dan Harwood (Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.). Crum and Dippman were also second-team selections in 2017.
Allegheny senior short stop Austin Bristol (Orchard Park, NY/ Orchard Park), Denison senior pitcher Danny Brackman (Tampa, FL/Berkeley Prep), DePauw senior pitcher Grant Rademacher (Munster, IN/Munster) and Oberlin senior catcher Brendan Mapes (Mount Vernon, OH/Centerburg) all culminated their careers by being named to the top team this season. Mapes was also a first-team honoree in 2017, while Rademacher was selected to the second team a season ago.
The final six spots on the first team were occupied by players making their All-NCAC debuts, including Denison sophomore short stop Max Lahn (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day School), Denison junior third baseman Brian McAuliffe (Tuckahoe, NY/Fordham Prep), Kenyon junior outfielder Patrick O'Leary (Killingworth, CT/Choate), Denison sophomore outfielder Ty Robinson (Hoover, AL/Hoover), Wooster junior outfielder Nick Strausbaugh (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) and Wooster junior second baseman Harry Witwer-Dukes (Monmouth, OR/Blanchet Catholic).
After being named to the second team in his rookie season, Denison freshman Will McManaman (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius) was named the 2019 NCAC Newcomer of the Year as the league's top player in his first year of collegiate competition. In 12 appearances on the mound during the regular season, he struck out 50 batters and limited opposing hitters to a .264 batting average. He started 11 games for the Big Red, posting a 2.45 ERA and a 6-0 record in 55.0 innings of work. One of his top individual performances of the season came back on April 11 in an 11-2 win at Marietta as he struck out seven batters and scattered just five hits in 6.0 innings of work. He also tallied a season-high nine strikeouts in a 12-2 win at DePauw on April 3.
Wooster head coach Tim Pettorini was named the Coach of the Year by vote of the league coaches for the 14th time in his career after he led the Fighting Scots to the 2019 NCAC Championship with a 13-3 record. In 38 years at the helm of the Wooster baseball program, Pettorini owns an overall record of 1,239-458-6 record (.729). He has guided his team to 26 NCAA regional appearances and a league-best 19 NCAC championships. His squads have won the Mideast Regional and advanced to the eight-team finals on six occasions (1989, 1994, 1997, 2005, 2009, 2018). There, Wooster has a pair of national runner-up finishes (1997, 2009) and a third-place performance (2005) to its credit. The active leader in NCAA Division III coaching wins plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2019 season.