Liggett, Dixon named to All-HCAC team

Liggett, Dixon named to All-HCAC team
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Transylvania catcher Sam Liggett and pitcher Shelby Dixon have been named to the All-Heartland Conference baseball first team following a vote of league coaches released on Tuesday.

The two juniors were among 21 players named to the All-HCAC first team. To read the HCAC release, click here.

Liggett and Dixon helped lead Transy to a record of 20-18, 13-12 in HCAC play. It was the eighth year in a row that the Pioneers have posted 20 wins in a season, including all seven years of head coach Chris Campbell's tenure.

The Pioneers finished a game out of qualifying for the HCAC tournament.

Two more Pioneers, infielder/pitcher Nike Edwards and relief pitcher Elliot Desilets, were named to the second team while outfielder Zach Bynum and pitchers Jamie King, Blake Oyler, and Matt Birkenhauer were all honorable mention selections.

Liggett batted .275 with two home runs and 21 RBI on the year. He led in homers and was tied for second in runs batted in.

Dixon, a lefty, led the team in wins with a 5-2 record and he led the starters in earned run average with a mark of 2.47. He pitched 62 innings and amassed 52 strikeouts against 22 walks. His strikeouts were one off the team leader,  King, who had 53.

Liggett was also a first-team All-HCAC pick a year ago while Dixon was an honorable mention choice.

Desilets tied the Transy single-season school record for saves with nine last year while Edwards led the team with a .340 batting average and was tied for second with 21 RBI.

Bynum hit .297 and led the team with 29 runs scored. Birkinhauer paced the team in earned run average with a mark of 1.71 to go with a 3-1 record pitching out of the bullpen. King led the team in innings and strikeouts while Oyler was 1-2 with a 2.72 ERA pitching in his first year with Transy.

League champion Manchester featured the HCAC MVP in Bryce Murphy and teammate Kyle Konarski was the Pitcher of the Year. Freshman of the Year honors went to Anderson's Ryan McPike.