Senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) has been named All-Landmark Conference First Team for the fourth time in his career, headlining four University of Scranton baseball players selected to the All-Conference Team, according to a release from the Landmark office on Tuesday.
Senior catcher Kevin Nolan (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Prep), senior third baseman Patrick Mergel (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) and junior pitcher Pat Rohr (Audubon, Pa./Devon Prep) all earned second-team honors for the Royals, who finished the season 22-21 after advancing to the final of the Landmark Conference Championship this past weekend.
Trotter becomes the first player in Landmark Conference history to earn first-team honors four times. He is the conference's all-time hit leader with 219 career hits. This season, he .359 with a career-high 61 hits, 12 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 49 runs, 28 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He led the conference in runs and stolen bases, was second in hits, tied for second in triples, eighth in doubles and tied for 14th in RBIs.
Nolan had a breakout year offensively, setting career highs in batting average (.341), hits (30), doubles (3), runs (20) and stolen bases (17), and matched his career high with 10 RBIs. Behind the plate, he was one of the best catchers in the region, throwing out seven of 22 runners attempting to steal and picking off six base runners. His ability to block pitches in the dirt was a big reason why Royals' hurlers had just 32 wild pitches in 43 games.
Mergel hit .330 with career highs in hits (32), doubles (7), triples (1) and walks (26) while scoring 15 runs and driving in 20. He posted a career-high .480 on-base percentage, which ranked third in the conference, and he collected the 100th hit of his career on Sunday.
Rohr also enjoyed a breakthrough season on the mound, finishing second on the team with four victories. His 4.26 ERA was the best among the team's starters, and he allowed 43 hits in 44 1/3 innings while walking 25 and striking out 29. He went 3-0 in five regular season starts against Landmark Conference foes.
The all-conference honors are the first for Nolan, Mergel and Rohr.
To see the complete 2018 All-Landmark Conference Baseball Team, visit http://landmarkconference.org/sports/bsb/2017-18/releases/05152018-bsb-awards.