Hamilton Named Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year

Photo by Matt O'Haren
Photo by Matt O'Haren

(CARLISLE, Pa.) – The Dickinson baseball team earned seven spots on the 2021 All-Centennial Conference Team, announced on Thursday afternoon. In addition, first-year Ethan Hamilton (Wyndmoor, Pa./Springfield Twp.) was named the Rookie of the Year.

Sophomores Beau Dana (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) and Andrew Mazzone (Belmont, Mass./Phillips Academy Andover) were named to the First-team while senior Alex Cohen (Newtown Square, Pa./Penn Charter), junior Lukas Atsalis (West Hyannis Port, Mass./Berkshire School) and first-years Kenny Tagliareni (Hopewell Valley, N.J./Hopewell Valley) and Hamilton earned Second-team honors. Senior Chris Delsandro (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) received honorable mention while Brendan Pell (Delran, N.J./Penn Charter) was named to the All-Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Team.

Hamilton ranked sixth in the conference with a 2.86 earned run average, going 3-1 in his rookie season and recording 26 strikeouts in seven appearances, throwing 28.1 innings. He recorded seven strikeouts in a win over Johns Hopkins.

Dana proved to be a dominant closer, ranking second in the conference with three saves on the year. He made 10 appearances, recording 20 strikeouts while allowing just four hits in 15 innings on the mound. He had a strong outing in the season finale, booking three strikeouts in two innings to help secure the win at Franklin & Marshall.

Mazzone had a great season at the plate, earning First-team honors as a designated hitter. He ranked second in the CC, hitting .407 on the year, leading the Red Devils with 22 hits, including four doubles and two homeruns. He matched a team-high with 13 RBI and was second in runs scored with 12. He had one of his best games of the year in a win at Washington, going 4-for-5 with a homerun, three RBI and two runs scored. He raised his career batting average to .387.

Cohen makes his second appearance on the All-Conference Team, earning Second-team in 2019 as well. He hit .300 on the season, recording 15 hits, two doubles and two triples. He was one of the team leaders with 11 RBI and 12 runs scored. He finished just shy of the century mark with 98 career hits, including 20 doubles, 58 RBI, 42 runs scored, five triples and three homeruns. He is tied for fifth in program history with a remarkable .367 batting average and ranks in the top 10 for both on-base and slugging percentage.

Atsalis had a breakout year, moving into a starting role this season. He recorded 15 hits, a double, triple and two homeruns while driving in seven runs and scoring nine. He had one of his best outings in a win at Washington College, going 2-for-4 with a homerun and two runs scored on the day. He went 3-for-4 with two walks in a win over McDaniel as well. He hit .288 on the year with a .377 on-base percentage and a .462 slugging percentage.

Tagliareni made an immediate impact in his first season. He ranked third in the team with a .326 batting average, recording 15 hits and drawing nine walks. He was impressive on the base paths, ranking third in the conference with a team-high nine stolen bases. He had a strong finish, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two walks in the season finale at Franklin & Marshall.

Delsandro capped a great career behind the plate with his first All-Conference recognition. He hit .303 on the year behind 10 hits, including two doubles and his second career homerun. He added six walks, scoring six runs and driving in five on the season. He was solid defensively, committing just one error this season. He moved into third all-time with 34 runners caught stealing and ranks in the top 10 with a remarkable .982 career fielding percentage. He had a strong outing at Washington as well, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in a game two victory.

Pell had a great season as well, hitting .305 with 18 hits, 13 runs scored and nine RBI. He finished his career with 93 hits, 61 runs scored, 47 RBI and 21 stolen bases.

The Red Devils had a strong start and finished 8-8 overall.  

Complete 2021 All-Centennial Conference Baseball Team