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Keuka College Baseball Trio Earns All-Conference Honors

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Keuka College placed three student-athletes on the list and Head Coach Rick Ferchen was named Coach of the Year as the North Eastern Athletic Conference announced its annual All-Conference and Regular Season awards.

The Keuka College Baseball team had a pair of players named First Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference. Shortstop Brooks Vertoske (Horseheads) and pitcher Daniel Steve (Cortland) both earned all-conference for the first time in their careers. Senior Dan Bamann (Irondequoit) was named second team all-conference for the second straight season.

Brooks has been the offensive leader for the Wolves this season. He is one hit shy of becoming the third player in program history to have 50 hits in a single season. He has already set the single-season record for runs scored (42) and triples (8), and ranks in the top three in hits, doubles, home runs, and runs batted in. He also has played a solid shortstop for the Wolves, turning 16 double plays this season, fourth best in the NEAC.

Where Brooks has led the offense, Daniel has anchored the pitching staff. The sophomore posted a perfect 5-0 record this season. He has already cracked the top 10 for wins in a career for Keuka College. This season, he has struck out 48 batters over 54.1 innings, both ranking in the top five for a single season. Daniel’s 48 strikeouts also rank fifth in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Overall, Keuka College is 9-1 in Daniel’s 10 starts this season.

Dan has been a versatile player for Keuka College this season, moving between third base and catching for the Wolves. The senior has saved the best season of his career for his final one as he has posted career-bests in hits and runs batted in. Dan has moved to third on the career hits list (129), second in career doubles (31), fourth in runs scored (85), and second in career runs batted in (82).

All three of the selections were key pieces for Head Coach Ferchen as the Wolves won the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship.

Coach Ferchen earned his second Coach of the Year honor from the NEAC. He previously received the award in 2014 when he guided the Wolves to a then school-record in wins and a share of the conference title in his first season in Keuka Park. This year, Keuka College has rewritten the record books, setting school records in wins, hits, runs, runs batted in, doubles, triples, and strikeouts.

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