DANBURY, Conn. – The Castleton baseball team continues to receive postseason recognition, as four Spartans have earned All-ECAC New England honors, including three major award winners, announced Wednesday morning by the league office.
Michael LaBeau and Davis Mikell earned ECAC New England Pitcher and Rookie of the Year, respectively, while Head Coach Ted Shipley was named Coach of the Year. Devin Hayes and Dillon Benham also earned All-ECAC accolades.
LaBeau made 11 appearances with eight starts this season, posting a 5-4 record to go with one save. He tossed six complete games, recorded 57 strikeouts, and allowed just 14 earned runs in 60.1 innings of work for a 2.09 earned run average. LaBeau posted two complete-game shutouts this season, including a two-hitter with seven strikeouts against North Atlantic Conference foe Thomas. The Bellows Falls native finishes his Spartan career with 10 wins, five saves, and a 2.09 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 116.1 innings.
Mikell had a phenomenal rookie season both on the mound and at the plate. He finished 6-2 with a save in nine appearances as a pitcher, striking out 73 and allowing just 10 earned runs in 55.0 innings for a 1.64 ERA. Mikell allowed 39 hits and 19 walks for a 1.05 WHIP, while holding batters to a .198 average in 197 at-bats. In all of Division III, the Williston native ranks 17th in strikeouts per nine innings (11.95), and 21st in ERA (1.64). At the plate, Mikell batted .313 and led the team in home runs (9), slugging (.597), and on-base percentage (.425) in 144 at-bats. He started all 44 games this season, tallying 45 hits, 26 walks, 10 doubles, two triples, 32 RBIs, 34 runs scored, and 86 total bases.
Shipley led the Spartans to a 34-10 overall record, posting their third straight 30-win season for the first time in program history. The 34 wins also tied the school record for the most victories in a single season. Castleton went 21-3 in North Atlantic Conference action for the second year in a row, and earned its fourth straight conference title after winning four straight elimination games to secure its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in six years. In all of Division III, Shipley's squad ranks No. 1 in ERA (2.24), tied for No. 1 in shutouts (11), No. 2 in WHIP (1.12) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.53), and No. 3 in hits allowed per nine innings (7.67).
Hayes was the anchor of the Spartan pitching staff this season, toeing the rubber in nine games with a 7-1 record, including five complete games and four shutouts. Hayes allowed just 11 earned runs in 62.2 innings, placing him 16th in the nation with a 1.58 ERA. The Vergennes native struck out 59 and walked just nine while posting a batting average against of .217. Hayes concludes his Spartan career with a 19-4 record, 2.66 ERA, and 183 strikeouts in 203.1 innings.
Benham started 43 games for the Spartans this season, collecting a .301 batting average in 153 at-bats. He finished tied for the team lead in RBIs with 36, while recording 46 hits, five doubles, three home runs, and 30 runs scored. Benham also had a strong season defensively, notching eight assists with just three errors in 70 total chances in right field for a .957 fielding percentage.
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