Spinnenweber Earns Second-Straight Skyline Pitcher Of The Year Honor; Eight Mariners Land On All-Conference Teams

Spinnenweber Earns Second-Straight Skyline Pitcher Of The Year Honor; Eight Mariners Land On All-Conference Teams

KINGS POINT, N.Y. (May 9, 2019) – On Wednesday, the Skyline Conference announced the postseason award winners and All-Conference Teams for baseball and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy led all Skyline schools with eight student-athletes honored over the two teams, with senior starting pitcher Andrew Spinnenweber (Pasadena, Md.) also being selected as the Skyline Pitcher of the Year for the second-consecutive season.

Four Mariners garnered All-Skyline First Team selections: Spinnenweber, sophomore first baseman Vincenzo Alteri (Watertown, N.Y.), senior outfielder Jesse Reinebold (Sagamihara, Japan) and sophomore relief pitcher Andrew Hunt (Severna Park, Md.). Earning Second Team praise were senior third baseman Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.), freshman outfielder Garrett Aichele (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), junior designated hitter Matt Mundorf (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and sophomore starting pitcher Joe Raab (Edwardsburg, Mich.)

Spinnenweber, who was named a D3baseball.com Pre-Season All-American before the year began, went undefeated in his final season at Kings Point with a 6-0 record, a 1.31 earned run average and 67 strikeouts over 48 innings. His ERA currently ranks 12th among all Division III pitchers, and he also ranks in the top-26 in the nation three other categories – 14th with 12.56 strikeouts per nine innings, 15th with 0.88 walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP) and 26th with 5.81 hits allowed per nine innings, while his 6.09 strikeout-to-walk ratio is good for 37th in the country. He finished his four years as the USMMA career leader in wins (19), strikeouts (259) and complete games (14). This is his third selection to an All-Conference Team, as he was All-Landmark Second Team in 2016 and All-Skyline First Team last year. 

Alteri led the Skyline Conference and ranks 49th in DIII with a .418 batting average. Among all Skyline players, the sophomore has the most total hits (64, which ranks 37th in the nation), the fourth-most runs (34) and RBIs (33), the fifth-best slugging percentage (.562) and on-base percentage (.466) and the sixth-most triples (3). Throughout the year, Alteri was selected to the Skyline weekly honor roll twice (March 18 & April 1). 

Reinebold ranks in the top-15 in the Skyline Conference in seven different categories. He is second with 59 hits (behind only Alteri), fifth with 33 RBIs, seventh with a .381 batting average, 11th with nine doubles and 19 walks, 14th with a .444 on-base percentage, and 15th with a .465 slugging percentage. In his four seasons at Kings Point, the senior has scored 103 runs and knocked in 86 runs while registering a .351 batting average, a .419 on-base percentage and a .428 slugging percentage. 

Hunt was the Mariners' most used and most reliable non-closer reliever this year, as he made 16 appearances and tossed 30.1 innings, earning a 5-1 record with one save. The sophomore pitched to a 2.39 ERA and had 18 strikeouts with just nine hits allowed. He was named to the Skyline weekly honor roll one this year on April 15. 

Cunningham earns his second-career All-Skyline Second Team recognition, as was also a selected after his sophomore season back in 2017. This year, the senior hit .338 with 46 hits (tied for seventh in the Skyline), 12 doubles (tied for fourth in the league), 26 runs, 20 RBIs, a .441 slugging percentage, a .397 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases. In addition to his offense, his work on the mound was masterful for the Mariners, as he crushed the program's career saves record and is currently the national-leader with 12 saves. He threw 15 innings, earning 17 strikeouts and a 1.20 ERA. 

Aichele had a breakthrough freshman season for the Mariners. He ranks eighth in the Skyline with 30 runs, while his five triples are tied for second in the conference. As the team's leadoff hitter, the freshman finished the year with a .323 batting average, a .381 on-base percentage and a .454 slugging percentage. He totaled 42 hits, 30 runs and 15 RBIs. Aichele was a two-time Skyline Rookie of the Week (March 11 & April 8).  He also started a few games on the mound for the Mariners and earned a 2-0 record with a 2.52 ERA, striking out 29 batters in 25 innings pitched and, in one outing, brought a no-hitter into the bottom of the eighth with two outs. 

Mundorf had an incredible offensive season for the Mariners, as he ranks in the top-20 in the Skyline Conference in seven different categories. The junior is second with a .493 on-base percentage, fifth with a .387 batting average, sixth with 20 walks, seventh with 46 hits, eighth with 30 runs, 12th with a .471 slugging percentage and 18th with 23 RBIs. He is also the team-leader with 17 stolen bases. Mundorf was named the Skyline Player of the Week once this year, on April 8. 

Raab earns his second-straight All-Skyline selection, as he was a First Teamer after his Rookie of the Year freshman campaign last season. The lefty registered a 5-1 record this year with a 3.29 earned run average and a conference-leading 70 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched. His 12.12 strikeouts per nine innings currently ranks 24th among all Division III pitchers. Raab was named to the Skyline weekly honor roll once this year on April 1. 

For the complete release from the Skyline Conference, click here. 

Below is the complete list of the 2019 Skyline Postseason Awards and All-Conference Teams.

 

Player of the Year: Vincent Rice, Farmingdale State
Pitcher of the Year: Andrew Spinnenweber, USMMA
Rookie of the Year: Michael Grisanti, Mount Saint Vincent
Coach of the Year: Keith Osik, Farmingdale State (14th season) 

First Team
C - Ryan Rockhill, Maritime
1B - Vincenzo Alteri, USMMA
2B - Dylan Flynn, Purchase
SS - Mike Manetta, Old Westbury
3B - Anthony Palermo, St. Joseph's-Brooklyn
OF - Jake Blinstrub, Mount Saint Vincent
OF - Jesse Reinebold, USMMA
OF - Vincent Rice, Farmingdale State
OF - Travis Zurita, Maritime
DH - Michael Grisanti, Mount Saint Vincent
UT - Jesse Nakashian, St. Joseph's-Long Island
SP - Matthew Constantine, Farmingdale State
SP - Andrew Spinnenweber, USMMA
SP - Tim Woodford, St. Joseph's-Long Island
RP - Andrew Hunt, USMMA 

Second Team
C - Michael Amandola, Farmingdale State
1B - John Condon, Old Westbury
2B - Matt Eng, Maritime
SS - John Santana, Mount Saint Mary
3B - Kyle Cunningham, USMMA
OF - Garrett Aichele, USMMA
OF - John Fitzgerald, Purchase
OF - Vincent Napolitano, Farmingdale State
DH - Matt Mundorf, USMMA
DH - Ryan DePalma, Farmingdale State
UT - Steven Burke, Farmingdale State
SP - Adam Heidenfelder, Old Westbury
SP - Joe Raab, USMMA
RP - Joe Sarni, Old Westbury 

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