Eight Diamond Gents Corral All-Conference Honors
Sophomore Kaleb Kirk (left) and junior Michael Schimpf (right) both captured First Team All-Conference honors.
Eight Diamond Gents Corral All-Conference Honors
Friday, April 29, 2016
Senior Dakota Brown was named Second Team as both an outfielder and relief pitcher.
Senior Dakota Brown was named Second Team as both an outfielder and relief pitcher.

(Note: Totals Reflect final regular season stats and does not include any SCAC Tournament games)


SEGUIN, Texas – The #24 Centenary Gents baseball team (26-11) placed eight different players on the All-Conference list, as voted on by the head coaches of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and released Friday, April 29.

Sophomore Kaleb Kirk (9-4) received First Team All-Conference Starting Pitcher honors to lead the Maroon and White, as he leads the SCAC and ranks second in the nation in wins. Junior outfielder Michael Schimpf, who ranks third in the conference with a .417 batting average, joins Kirk on the First Team list.  

The Gents captured five different spots on the Second Team, including senior Dakota Brown receiving honors both as an outfielder and as a relief pitcher. Joining Brown on the Second Team are sophomore catcher Chris Zapata, freshman shortstop Colten Maples and junior Aaron Quintanilla as a designated hitter.

Sophomores Jackie Allen (starting pitcher) and Ian Graham (third base) were both named All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Kirk, who was named Honorable Mention All-Conference his freshman season, sits second in the conference in complete games (four), third in strikeouts (56) and fifth in ERA (3.16). During the middle of the season, Kirk threw 17.2 consecutive shutout innings while going 3-0 to begin the month of March for the Gents.

Kirks nine wins is tied for the most victories in the single-season Gents annals.

Schimpf grabbed All-Conference accolades for the third-consecutive season, having been named First Team as a freshman in 2014 and Second Team as a sophomore in 2015. Besides his solid hitting for the Maroon and White, Schimpf ranks second in the SCAC and 25th in the nation in hits (60) and third in the conference and 36th in the nation in runs scored (43).

From February 14-March 26, Schimpf tallied a 17-game hitting streak. The streak included eight-straight games with at least a pair of base hits.

Brown, a First Team All-Conference honoree in 2014, won a pair of Second Team accolades this season. He finished second on the team with a .375 batting average and was named SCAC Pitcher of the Week on March 21 after picking up a pair of wins in relief at Schreiner. He finished the season 2-2 and a 2.67 ERA in 14 relief appearances for Centenary. 

Zapata earned Second Team All-Conference for the second-straight season. He leads the team in RBI’s (39), doubles (15) and home runs (four). Zapata’s .325 batting average sits fourth on the team this season. He easily leads the conference from behind the dish in runners caught stealing percentage (40.9).

The 2014 Freshman of the Year, Quintanilla joins Schimpf as the only Gent in 2016 to have received All-Conference accolades. He finished fifth on the team with a .322 batting average.

Joining Zapata, Brown and Quintanilla on the second team is Maples – just one of three freshman to make First or Second Team All-Conference. Maples batted .301 for the season and ranks second on the team and eighth in the country with 11 sacrifice bunts.

Rounding out the All-Conference honorees for Centenary is Graham and Allen. From the mound, Allen finished third in the SCAC in ERA (2.87) and fifth in wins (five). Graham sits third on the team with a .331 batting average, but leads the conference and is third in the nation with 13 sacrifice hits.