YUMA, AZ---The Arizona Western College Matadors finished the 2019 season 20 games above .500, yet still missed the post-season by just a game. However, the contributions of the Mats' integral pieces were not overlooked by the conference nor the region as three Matadors earned first team All-ACCAC honors and two more landed on the second team. in the region, two garnered first-team recognition, while three placed on the second-team honor roll.
Sophomore Outfielder Zach Huffins (West Lafayette, IN) led the way as the team leader in home runs (6) and stolen bases (31) while slashing an impressive .366/.456/.593 line for batting average/on-base/slugging percentage. Huffins also led the team in hits with 71 and runs at 59. All of those numbers placed Huffins in the top 5 in the conference and garner First Team All-ACCAC & First Team All-Region I honors.
On the mound, Sophomore Chris Koeiman (Willemstad, Curacao) was a workhorse for the Matadors posting a 12-2 record in 15 starts and one relief appearance while tallying 94.0 innings pitched and maintaining a miniscule 1.44 ERA. Koeiman led the Matadors with 7 complete games, the second most CG's in the ACCAC. Koiman led the conference in starts and wins. Koeiman was placed on both the First Team All-ACCAC & First Team All-Region I.
Fellow Sophomore starter Robert Gonzalez (Highland, CA) gave the Matadors pocket aces as the southpaw went 9-3 and came out of the bullpen eight times to record a pair of saves. Gonzalez led the team with 96.1 innings pitched and struck out 93 batters to go with a stellar 1.50 ERA. Gonzalez snags Second Team All-ACCAC and Second Team All-Region I recognition.
Their battery-mate, Sophomore Catcher Sammy Hackl (Vienna, Austria) was a force in the middle of the Matador offense and a clutch run-producer, mashing 5 homer and 25 RBI while handling the AWC pitching staff. Hackl also posted a .289 average while drawing 23 walks. Hackl was named to the First Team All-ACCAC and Second Team All-Region I squads.
Rounding out the selections was pitcher and infielder Ramon Miranda (San Luis, AZ) who made the Second Teams for both the ACCAC and Region I as the Utility man. Miranda led the Matadors with a .377 average while playing second and third base, as well as seeing time as the Designated Hitter, and played in a pivotal role as one of the Matadors' Saturday starters.
Arizona Western finished the season 28-18, 23-15 in the ACCAC.
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