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All-League Catcher Stroble, Five Goshen Teammates Recognized By CL Coaches
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Baseball - Fri, May 12, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — Sophomore catcher Clinton Stroble II became the first Goshen College baseball player since 2005 to be named first-team all-conference while three of his teammates won Gold Gloves and two more were honorable mention picks. The 10-member Crossroads League announced its postseason awards Friday.

Stroble, a native of Newport News, Virginia, was one of two catchers named to the all-league first team. For the season, he played in 57 of Goshen's school record 58 games, leading the team with a .377 average and a school-record 75 hits. He paced the Maple Leafs with eight home runs and 49 runs batted in and came one shy of Preston Carr's team-leading 18 doubles. His RBI and double totals each fell one short of the school's single-season record.

He drew 22 walks, slugged .593 and reached base at a .447 clip. On defense, he threw out 17 of the 41 runners who tried to steal against him overall and retired more than half—14 of 24— in conference games.

In conference play, Stroble appeared in all 27 games while batting a team-high .366, slugging five homers and knocking in 22 runs. In those games, he backstopped a pitching staff that combined for one wild pitch every 16.5 innings. He is the first Maple Leaf since outfielder Erik Hisner to be named to the first-team all-conference list; Hisner was a three-time selection, in 2003 at first base and the next two years as an outfielder.

Senior pitcher Blake Collins, junior first baseman Brad Stoltzfus, and freshman outfielder Quinlan Armstrong all won CL Gold Glove awards.

Collins, a native of Ludington, Michigan, who completed three years at GC after transferring in 2014, threw 41 innings in conference and 66 1/3 innings for the season, in both cases the second-highest mark on the team. He did not commit an error in conference play and finished the season with one blemish in that category while uncorking just two wild pitches.

After starting at second base for much of his first two seasons, Stoltzfus moved to playing primarily first base as a junior. The Souderton, Pennsylvania, product led the team with 361 fielding chances this year, almost 20 percent more than his closest competition, and committed a single miscue at his newfound corner spot. He took part in a team-high 34 double plays.

The Maple Leafs' regular right fielder, Armstrong recorded 1.89 putouts per game in 55 games and threw out 11 runners, taking part in six double plays. The Northwestern High School graduate ended one game this season, a 7-6 win over Lourdes, by throwing the would-be tying run out at the plate with two outs in the final inning.

A pair of seniors, Preston Carr and Michael Walker, won honorable-mention all-conference honors.

An outfielder from St. Thomas, Ontario, Carr batted .340 this season with 47 runs scored, 72 hits, six home runs and a triple while slugging .519 and getting on base at a .418 clip. All of these figures were second on the team. His 18 doubles matched a program record, while the run and hit totals eclipsed the previous marks but fell short of Stoltzfus and Stroble, respectively. Carr finishes his career with a program-record 209 games played: his 187 hits are fourth all-time, his 131 runs are third-best and his 40 doubles tie for second.

Walker, an Archbold, Ohio, product, put the theory of nominative determinism to rest by walking a program-best 2.26 batters per nine innings over the course of his college career. He threw 243 1/3 innings, the fourth-most in Maple Leaf history and the most since 1995 alum Brian Pletcher. He went 5-2 in 11 starts this season; in one of his four remaining starts, he left in line for the win before a late-inning comeback, and in another, he left with a lead his team would not relinquish but did not complete the required number of innings. Walker graduates with 162 strikeouts, sixth-best in GC history; as a senior, he turned in a career-best 3.52 earned-run average.

Goshen finished its 2017 season with a record of 26 wins, 31 losses and a tie; the win total marks the second-most in school history, trailing only the 1995 squad that went 32-21 and reached NAIA regional competition. That 1995 team was one of 56 to advance into regional play, where GC took fourth in the Great Lakes region; the 2017 team finished one win short of becoming one of 46 opening-round qualifiers.

The Crossroads League selects all-conference teams annually in each of the league's 15 sponsored sports. In each sport, the awards are determined either by a vote of the league's coaches or by performance at the conference meet.