SPRINGFIELD – Six Evangel baseball players earned All-Heart Honors for their play during the 2018 season as announced by the league office on Wednesday.
The group was led by outfielder Patrick Gaul earning first-team honors while pitcher Derek Kennell was named to the second-team along with Tanner McVey as a relief pitcher. McVey also earned honorable mention accolades as a designated hitter and was joined by Jordan Yates at first base. Senior outfielder Dylan Bradshaw also was honored picking up Gold Glove honors in right field.
Sophomore outfielder, Patrick Gaul earned first-team honors after setting the single-season stolen base record at Evangel with 30 and ranked in the top 20 nationally. He led Evangel with a .357 batting average and scored 51 runs.
Senior pitcher Derek Kennell earned second-team accolades after leading Evangel with nine wins which were third-most in single-season history. Kennell led Evangel and also finished in the top 10 in the Heart with a 3.44 ERA and in strikeouts with 77.
Tanner McVey earned second-team honors as a relief pitcher after leading the conference with 11 saves and coming within one save of tying the Evangel single-season record. McVey posted a 1.56 ERA with 24 strikeouts and one walk.
McVey also earned honorable mention accolades as a designated hitter after leading the team with six home runs and adding 33 RBIs. He posted a .320 batting average and a .477 slugging percentage.
Yates joined McVey with honorable mention honors hitting .311 and leading the team with 35 RBIs during his sophomore season.
Dylan Bradshaw rounded out the Evangel players honored being named a Gold Glove recipient in right field. Bradshaw did not commit an error in 84 chances in right field posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. The Crusaders have had at least one Gold Glove winner in each of the past three seasons and four of the last six.
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