LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA — It’s fitting that on one of the Schreiner University’s youngest baseball teams in memory, three freshmen would be recognized as All-SCAC honorees.
Bret Hill, Jayme Kidder and Sam Pistrui all earned honorable mention All-SCAC after their first seasons wearing the maroon and white.
Hill (Kerrville/Tivy HS), a first baseman, led the team in slugging percentage (.455), runs batted in (20), doubles (11) and home runs (3). He was second in batting average (.273), hits (33) and runs scored (16).
Pistrui (Katy/Morton Ranch HS) manned the second base position and led the team in batting (.276), was second in on base percentage (.348), runs scored (16 — tied with Hill) and triples (3).
Kidder (Belton/Belton HS) was having an MVP-type season as both a starting pitcher and designated hitter until injury ended his season. He was the unquestioned ace of the pitching staff despite little run support. His 4.26 ERA is skewed because he took the mound several times before disclosing his injury which will take a year to recover from. For much of the year, he was dominant on the hill and would have been better yet. But a very young Mountaineer defense took time to gel behind him, resulting in many innings going longer than they might have. Kidder’s work at the plate also was notable, but again, the injury hurt his numbers as the season wore on. He still finished third on the team in batting average (.265) and slugging percentage (.353) and was second on the team in RBI (17) despite missing the final quarter of the season. Despite the shortened year, he still tied Pistrui for second on the team in triples with three and was fourth in total bases (36).
Head coach Ryan Brisbin went with a very young team in 2015. Oftentimes as many as seven freshmen were on the field at the same time. Although SU took its lumps, the experience gained by Hill, Pistrui and Kidder — as well as several other promising rookies — should only help them improve and battle incoming freshmen that will be added to the roster next fall.