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Patriots well represented on All-Region X team

May 15, 2016

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Coming off a program-best 40-win regular season, the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) baseball team found itself well represented on the All-Region X team prior to the conference’s championship tournament in Burlington, N.C.

Four players earned first-team selections while another two landed second-team nominations. On top of that, first-year coach Frank Jagoda was named the Coach of the Year.

Rashad Stewart (Dinwiddie, Va.), Jack Maynard (Crozet, Va.), Ryan Coale (Lexington, Va.) and Kemper Terry (Collinsville, Va.) rounded out the quartet of first-team selections. Coale at catcher, Stewart an infielder, Maynard a starting pitcher and Terry as a relief pitcher. Aaron Nanney (Gastonia, N.C.) earned a second-team nod as an infielder and Brandon Nania (Murrysville, Pa.) made the second team as a designated hitter.

Stewart and Maynard also earned All-American nominees from the region, while Coale joined Stewart on the region’s All-Defensive team.

Stewart had a productive year out of the leadoff spot for the Patriots. He hit a team-high eight home runs during the regular season, including three in one game Apr. 9 in a 14-0 win over Surry Community College. The second baseman led the team in six offensive categories, and finished the regular season with a batting average of .419 and a .500-plus on-base percentage. His program single-season record of 36 stolen bases showcased his unique combination of speed and power. He made only six errors all season for a .964 fielding percentage which helped garner his all-defensive selection.

Maynard once again supplanted himself as the team’s No. 1 weekend starter. The right hander followed up a successful freshman season with an equally impressive sophomore campaign, going 8-2 during the regular season with an ERA of 2.65. His 114 strikeouts led the team and his walks were kept under 10.

Coale, a transfer from Virginia Commonwealth University, not only helped the Patriots’ pitching staff with stout work behind the plate, but also played solid defense in left field, as well. The two-position player also added a punch in the middle of the PHCC batting order. Coale hit seven home runs during the regular season and hit a team-high .431. He also struck out a team-low 12 times while joining Stewart with batting and on-base percentages of over .400 and .500. Nearly a third of his hits went for extra bases, and defensively, made just two errors in 274 total plays.

As for Terry, the Longwood University transfer helped solidify the PHCC bullpen. The reliever initially had to adjust to coming into the game from the pen, but over the course of the season became a mid and late game arm that Jagoda could call upon on short rest. The lefty produced an ERA under 2.50 and had 45 strikeouts in 39 innings of work. He finished the regular season with four wins and a save in 20 appearances.

Nanney and Nania worked well at the top of the Patriots lineup, predominantly hitting out of the No. 2 and 3 spots in the order. The tandem finished with a combined 73 walks as Nanney earned a team-high 40 free passes. Each player hit seven homers in the regular season as Nania finished the regular season with 55 RBI.

The Patriots look to stay alive in the Region X/Southeast District tournament with a win tonight (May 15). It will need three more wins past today to clinch the region championship.

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