YORK, PA – The York College baseball squad got outstanding news on Friday as senior catcher Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) was named American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Third Team All-American as announced by the organization.
The organization also announced their All-South Region honorees on Friday. Herr was named the first team catcher while first baseman Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) and designated hitter Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) earned second team All-South region honors.
Herr becomes the Spartans' fifth All-American and the first to earn the award since 2010. Former pitcher Jason Christenberry last earned the award for York, as he was a third-team pick in 2010. Standout outfielder Mike Welch earned the honor in 2004 and Spartan Athletic Hall of Famers Matt Day and Travis Gaidos were also All-Americans for York. Day is the Spartans' only two-time All-American as he earned second team honors in 2001 and third team honors in 2002.
Herr had a fantastic year as the catcher hit .376 with a conference-leading 55 RBI, 42 runs scored, 16 doubles, and six home runs. Herr had a .567 slugging percentage, a .413 on base percentage and 11 stolen bases. He played in all 43 Spartan games as he finished the year with 67 hits. Herr also had a .982 fielding percentage as he made just four errors in 219 fielding chances.
Herr closed out his Spartan career with an average of .321 (159-for-496) with 97 RBI, 90 runs scored, 39 doubles, one triple, and eight home runs. He piled up 224 total bases, had a .452 slugging percentage, and a .368 career on-base percentage. Herr played in 138 career games for the Green and White, drawing a start in 127 of those contests.
Herr finished the year with at least one hit in 34 of his 43 games. He had 18 multiple hit games including four four-hit games during the year. Herr had a seven game stretch in which he went 21-for-33 (.636) with 13 runs scored, 15 RBI, four doubles and a home run. York went 6-1 during Herr's torrid seven game stretch.
Wenzel made his final year in York a memorable one as he led the Green and White in batting with a .417 average. He went 73-for-175 with 48 RBI, 44 runs scored, 15 doubles, one triple, and seven home runs. He had a team-best .634 slugging percentage and a .462 on-base percentage. Wenzel was brilliant in the field as he made just one error in 315 fielding attempts, good for a .997 fielding percentage.
Wenzel had a 17-game hit streak during the year as he had at least one hit in 36 of his 42 games played. Wenzel had 24 multiple hit games including a career-high five hits in the April 5 game one win over Wesley. He also had seven RBI in that win over the Wolverines.
Pitzer finished his junior year hitting .380 with 36 RBI, 31 runs scored, a conference-best 21 doubles, one triple, and four home runs. Pitzer played in 42 games for the Spartans with a .595 slugging percentage and a .429 on-base percentage.
Pitzer had at least one knock in 31 games while he registered 20 multiple hit games. He tied his career-high with four hits twice during the year including a 4-for-5 performance with three doubles, a home run, and four RBI in the April 10 win at Franklin & Marshall.
Pitzer will enter his senior year as a .332 hitter in 114 career games. He has accumulated 133 hits, 32 doubles, 71 runs scored, 68 RBI, two triples, and six home runs.
Herr, Wenzel, and Pitzer were first team All-Capital Athletic Conference selections for the regular season conference champions as York ended the season with a mark of 29-14.