HAMILTON (OUA) – Ontario University Athletics announced today the 2007 edition of the Men’s baseball All-Stars. The Golden Hawk men’s baseball program received the second most All-Star selections with a total of five nods. Second baseman Scott Mahn, was named to the first all-star team, while first baseman Curtis Young, shortstop Damien Eccleton and outfielder Andrew Stevens were named to the second All-Star team, and new Hawk coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE was named Coach of the Year.
The team finished their season last weekend in the provincial semi-finals. Laurier forced three games in the best-of-three series against the Western Mustangs.
Third year Communication Studies student, Curtis Young from Waterloo got his second All-Star nod with a batting average of .250. Young had the second highest number of bats (72) and the most RBIs (15) and the third most hits (18).
Damien Eccleton, from Toronto, taking Geography in his third year was named to the second All-Star team for his first career award. The shortstop had a batting average of .290 and an on base percentage of .380, with 18 hits, 10 runs and 3 stolen bases this season.
Second baseman, and third year veteran Scott Mahn was the only Hawk named to the first All-Star team. Mahn had a batting average of .260 and an on base percentage of .310. This Business student had the most bats (76) and the most hits (20) this season with his second nod after taking over for injured Jordan Bilkas last season.
Second year Business student from Burlington, Andrew Stevens received his first nod for the second All-Star team with a batting average of .390 and an on base percentage of .470. 15 hits and 7 runs, with 38 bats and 5 RBIs.
The real story is the new coach this season, SCOTT BALLANTYNE, who was named Coach of the year. In his ninth year with the Laurier baseball program, this Kincardine native worked his way to head coach status after five years as a player and three years as an Assistant Coach under Paul Reidel who retired last summer.