Eight members of the Reinhardt University 2012 baseball team were recently honored with postseason awards from the Appalachian Athletic Conference. In a vote of the conference’s eight head coaches, Reinhardt had two players named to the AAC Gold Glove Team and seven members on the all-academic squad.
Collins Wold, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior infielder from Canton, Ga., and Phillip Bates, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound sophomore outfielder out of Lawrenceville, Ga., were chosen to the AAC Gold Glove Team for the defensive play. Wold, who is primarily used at shortstop, has started 49 games for
the Eagles this season and made just eight errors in 169 chances for a .953 fielding percentage. Wold leads the club with 96 assists and has been involved in 20 double plays. While mainly patrolling center field, Bates has played in 47 contests with 46 starts, committing three errors in 124 chances for a .976 fielding percentage. He tops all Reinhardt outfielders with 119 putouts.
Other Eagles joining Wold on the AAC All-Academic Team were 6-foot-2, 200-pound sophomore catcher Tyler Adams from Canton; 5-foot-8, 130-pound junior pitcher Matt Hartwell out of Cumming, Ga.; 5-foot-8, 165-pound senior infielder Michael Lonati from Kennesaw, Ga.; 5-foot-8, 150-pound freshman infielder Chas Pate out of Marietta, Ga.; 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior pitcher Jake Waters from Kennesaw; and 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior pitcher/outfielder Josh Wilson out of Marietta. Wilson, a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete last year, has received all-academic accolades three times while Hartwell and Lonati are repeat selections from 2011. To be recognized as a part of the all-academic team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or better and be at least a sophomore in academic status.
Reinhardt, which is 20-31 overall, is presently competing at the AAC Tournament in Kingsport, Tenn., as the No. 5 seed. The Eagles ended 10-14 in conference regular-season play for fifth place.
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