2021 All-GLIAC Baseball Teams & Postseason Awards Announced

2021 All-GLIAC Baseball Teams & Postseason Awards Announced

GLIAC -- The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced its 2021 All-GLIAC Baseball Teams and Postseason Awards in conjunction with the Conference's annual Baseball Tournament at Jackson® Field™ located in Lansing, Michigan. The awards were voted on by the conference baseball coaches and include the sixth annual recipient of the Troy Berry Award.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cole Brooks, Northwood

Cole Brooks is the first Northwood player to win GLIAC Player of the Year since Ed Clements in 1995. This season, Brooks led the GLIAC in batting average (.442) and runs batted in (56). He also ranked third in the GLIAC in total bases (105), fourth in walks (27), second in on-base percentage (.527) and third in slugging percentage (.682). Brooks had at least two hits in 23 of 40 games played this season. His .442 average is tied for the eighth highest in the history of the GLIAC and fourth in Northwood history. 

PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Chad Patrick, Purdue Northwest

Patrick, a senior from Hebron, Ind., has been named the 2021 GLIAC Pitcher of the Year and All-GLIAC First Team. The right-hander led the conference in several statistical categories, including strikeouts (97) and earned-run average (1.83). Patrick went 5-2 with three shutouts and he surrendered just eight walks and 13 earned runs in 64.0 innings pitched – the second-most innings pitched in the GLIAC. He began the season with 24.1 consecutive scoreless innings. Patrick recorded 10 or more strikeouts in over half of his appearances, while tying his career high with 15 strikeouts twice this season. After his final start, he was ranked sixth in Division II in strikeout-to-walk ratio (12.12) and WHIP (.80). Patrick is a three-time all-conference selection. He was also named GLIAC Pitcher of the Week and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Midwest Region Pitcher of the Week this spring.

 FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Hayden Jatczak, Saginaw Valley

Hayden Jatczak had an outstanding debut season for the Cardinals, earning GLIAC Freshman Player of the Year honors. At the plate he batted .379 in 116 at-bats, finishing with 44 hits, 10 double, two home runs, including a memorable walk-off against Northwood University. He added 18 walks, 26 runs scored, slugged .517 and had a .457 on-base percentage.  Jatczak was also the Friday starter for the Cardinals on the mound. He pitched in eight games, posting a record of 4-3. He pitched 45.1 innings, striking out 42 batters.  


Derek Clark is the first Northwood athlete to earn GLIAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year. He is the third NU player to earn a GLIAC Freshman of the Year award, joining David Vinsky (2017) and Matt Shields (2004), both of whom were named GLIAC Freshman Player of the Year. Clark is currently tied for the GLIAC lead in wins (seven) while leading the league in innings pitched (66.0). He also stands second in strikeouts (62) and seventh in ERA (3.27). Clark has earned GLIAC Pitcher of the Week twice this season, including after tossing eight no-hit innings against Indianapolis in his first career start.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Kevin Tidey, Davenport
Davenport head coach Kevin Tidey was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after leading the Panthers to their first regular season conference championship in just their third full year as a member of the league (did not play league games in 2020). Tidey has been the head coach at Davenport for 10 seasons and compiled a record of 354-148 (.705) which included four straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament before joining the GLIAC and NCAA Division II. Davenport managed to win 26 games during the regular season despite the third toughest schedule in the country. Tidey has guided the team to 10 straight wins heading into the GLIAC Tournament and positioned the Panthers to potentially earn a NCAA regional appearance for the first time.

TROY BERRY AWARD: Nolan Bryant , Davenport
Senior Nolan Bryant (Rockford, Mich.) has been a team captain for the past three seasons and has been instrumental to the team's success particularly in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been a team leader on and off the field as evidenced by being named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team in 2019 and 2020. He has volunteered numerous hours working in the community and displays character traits that set him apart. Before the pandemic, Bryant was active in helping with the West Michigan Miracle League, which provides opportunities for kids to play baseball who have physical and mental disabilities. The Davenport baseball team has partnered with this organization over the past few years and the kids are invited to come on the field for warm-ups and starting lineups prior to the game. On the field, Bryant is one of the most decorated players in school history. He is the all-time leader with 170 runs scored, 95 walks and 12 triples. He is also second in doubles (42), assists (378) and double plays turned (77).

A complete list of the 2021 All-GLIAC baseball teams is below:
2021 All-GLIAC Baseball First Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
DH   Carson Mittermaier  Ashland  Sr. Wharton, Ohio
C   Carson Eby  Davenport  Jr. Bay City, Mich. 
1B   Noah Marcoux  Davenport  Jr. Saginaw, Mich. 
2B   Rhett Evans  Northwood  So.  Fremont, Ind. 
SS   David Jeffers  Northwood  Jr.  Lambertville, Mich.
3B   Garett Robberts  Ashland  Sr. Utica, Ohio
INF   Austin Emanuel  Parkside  Gr. Mukwonago, Wisc.
OF   Cole Brooks  Northwood  Sr.   Bay City, Mich.
OF   Nolan Anspaugh  Davenport  Jr. Schoolcraft, Mich.
OF   Hunter DeLanoy  Wayne State  Jr. Hartland, Mich. 
OF   Alex Whipple  Ashland  Jr. Angola, NY
SP   Chad Patrick  Purdue Northwest  Sr. Hebron, Ind.
SP   Dillon McInerney  Wayne State  Gr.   Richmond, Mich.  
SP   Derek Clark  Northwood  Fr.   Petersburg, Mich.
SP   James Kohl  Davenport  So.  Warren, Mich. 
RP   Perry Bewley  Ashland  Jr. Chardon, Ohio
RP   Cal Djuraskovic  Davenport  Sr.  Chicago, Ill. 
2021 All-GLIAC Baseball Second Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
DH   Dominic Esposito  Parkside  Sr. Rock Island, Ill. 
C   Matt Magno  Northwood  Fr. Dublin, Ohio
1B   Connor Kin  Northwood  Sr. Wixom, Mich. 
2B   Brandon Scheurer  Saginaw Valley St.  Fr. Portland, Mich.
SS   Austin Eifrid  Ashland  Jr. Lexington, Ohio
3B   Hayden Jatczak  Saginaw Valley St.  Fr. Bay City, Mich. 
INF   Ryan Blake-Jones  Grand Valley St  Sr. Ann Arbor, Mich. 
OF   Jacob Rybicki  Northwood  So. Clinton Township, Mich.
OF   Christian Petre  Davenport  Jr. Sanford, Mich. 
OF   Carter Smith  Grand Valley St.  Jr. Decatur, Mich. 
OF   Rudy Ramirez  Wayne State  Jr. Brighton, Mich. 
SP   Alan LaBov  Northwood  Sr.  Cave Creek, Ariz.
SP   Logan Lee  Northwood  So.  Rockford, Mich. 
SP   Mark Scannell  Grand Valley St.  Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich. 
SP   Nick Rutkowski  Grand Valley St.  Fr. Sterling Heights, Mich. 
RP   Hunter Merillat  Saginaw Valley St.  Fr. Sanford, Mich. Fr.
RP   Jared Skubic  Grand Valley St.  Sr.   Coal City, Ill.  
2021 All-GLIAC Baseball Honorable Mention Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
 OF   Seth Schroeder Ashland  So. Salem, Ohio
 P   Justin Dyksma Ashland  Fr. Grand Rapids, Mich. 
 P   James Rogers Davenport  Sr. Oxford, Mich.
 3B   Travis Harvey Davenport  Sr. Livonia, Mich. 
INF   Chris Faust Grand Valley State  Jr. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 
 P   Michael Barno Grand Valley State  Jr.   Chesterfield, Mich. 
INF   Michael Karam Northwood  Sr.   Macomb, Mich. 
 P   Drew Schultz Northwood  Jr.  Linnwood, Mich. 
 OF   Jake Soules Purdue Northwest  Sr. Troy, Mich.
 INF   Tyler Schultz Purdue Northwest  Fr. Hobart, Ind.
 INF   Martin Money Saginaw Valley  So. Midland, Mich.
 P   Kendall Anthes Saginaw Valley  Fr.  Cass City, Mich.
 SS   Jacob Finkbeiner Wayne State  Sr. Saline, Mich.
 P   Jack Schmidt Wayne State  Sr. Fishers, Ind.
 IF   Carlos Arteaga Parkside   Sr. Rockford, Ill. 
 IF    Garrett LaBreche Parkside   Sr. Kenosha Wisc.