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DeLaCruz named All-American

Second baseman is first player in program history with first-team nod

 

May 31, 2017

Claude Vigil

Alex DeLaCruz, who led the Lone Star Conference in hits, batting average and runs scored, was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-American Division II first team.

PORTALES — The good news for the Lone Star Conference is it has a first-team all-American in Eastern New Mexico University's Alex DeLaCruz. The bad news, at least for most of the league, is it still probably has to face him for another season.

After a junior year in which he led the LSC in four offensive categories and finished top-10 in several others, DeLaCruz was named Tuesday at the American Baseball Coaches Association's Division II all-American team.

DeLaCruz, a junior college transfer from Monroe College, is the first baseball player in ENMU history to be named first-team all-American, and the fifth Greyhound baseball player to garner an overall all-American nod.

Greyhound coach David Gomez had a good feeling about DeLaCruz being named on one of the three all-American teams after he exploded onto the LSC this year.

"You never know how people are going to vote or what they're going to do," Gomez said. "But with his body of work, we were confident. First-team is always a pleasure. He worked pretty hard for that, and batting .441 puts you in a good position."

The Greyhounds second baseman led the LSC in batting, hits (78), runs scored (65) and slugging percentage (.672). He was also second in on-base percentage (.522), second in stolen bases (20), tied for fourth in doubles (16), tied for seventh in homers (7) and tied for eighth in RBIs (41).

DeLaCruz finished fifth in all of Division II in batting average, and his run total set a school record.

The Freeport, New York, native helped ENMU to a 22-game improvement from its 2016 season — the second-highest in Division II since 1998.

ENMU finished 32-18.

The other side of the coin is that DeLaCruz' season could put him on the Major League Baseball draft radar. The draft is June 12, and DeLaCruz has been attending pre-draft camps.

"All it takes is one scout," Gomez said. "That would be great for him and the program, but we'd be in a mad scramble trying to replace his bat."

Attempts to contact DeLaCruz on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

The Lone Star Conference also garnered a second-team selection with West Texas A&M pitcher Marshall Kasowski. The junior led the LSC with 165 strikeouts, 64 ahead of second-place finisher and Buffalo teammate Joshua Payne.

 
 

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