Seven Baseball Players Named To All-Patriot League Teams

Patrick Puentes

WORCESTER, Mass. A total of seven Holy Cross baseball players combined to earn first and second team nods by the Patriot League, as voted on by the league's head coaches. Five players including senior Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.), juniors John Colella (Herndon, Va.), Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.), along with sophomore Mike Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) were named to the first team while two players, junior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) and sophomore Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) picked up second team honors.  

Holy Cross' seven selections are the most All-Patriot League nods in program history. The five first team selections were the most by any school in the league while the seven total selections tie with Army for the most number of players named to All-Patriot League teams. Koneski earns the first team honor for the second time in his career as he also earned the honor as a sophomore. He leads the league with 71 strikeouts this season, tallying a career-best. His 2.36 ERA leads all starters as he has also posted a 6-2 record. Colella, Maldonado, Puentes, Ahmed, Enos and Cipolla all earn their respective honors for the first time in their careers.

Colella is the team's go-to closer as he posted a league-high 10 saves this season, leading the league and posting a single-season record for the program. His 2.28 ERA is a team-best. Maldonado, the team's starting shortstop, holds a batting average of .303 and leads the team in hits (59) and stolen bases (14). His 139 assists defensively are also a team-best. Puentes, a leftfielder, is the team's top hitter, posting a .357 average at the plate and a .464 on-base percentage. Ahmed, the team's starting third baseman, has played in all 50 contests this season. He leads the team with 38 runs scored, 13 doubles, seven home runs and a .511 slugging percentage. He also doubles up as a clutch relief pitcher, posting a 3.52 ERA and two saves. Enos is the team's starting first baseman, as he ranks second on the team with a .313 batting average and 11 doubles. He leads all infielders defensively with a .984 fielding percentage. Cipolla is the team's starting centerfielder. He boasts a .308 batting average and ranks third on the team with 26 RBI. He has not made an error in the outfield this season.

The Crusaders return to action on May 12-13 when they host No. 3 seed Navy in a best-of-three series for the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. A nine-inning doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. and, if necessary, a third game is scheduled for Sunday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m.

2012 Patriot League Major Awards
Player of the Year: Kevin McKague, Army, Sr.
Pitcher of the Year: Chris Rowley, Army, Jr.
Rookie of the Year: Harold Earls, Army, Fr.
Coach of the Year: Joe Sottolano, Army

First Team All-Patriot League
SP: Chris Rowley, Army
SP: Nate Koneski, Holy Cross
RP: John Colella, Holy Cross
C: J.T. Watkins, Army
1B: Kevin McKague, Army
2B: Zach Price, Army
3B: Mike Ahmed, Holy Cross
SS: Alex Maldonado, Holy Cross
OF: Bob Donato, Bucknell
OF: Patrick Puentes, Holy Cross
OF: Alex Azor, Navy
DH: Mark McCants, Army

Second Team All-Patriot League
SP: Logan Lee, Army
SP: Cory Kent, Lehigh
SP: Preston Gainey, Navy
RP: Alex Cillo, Bucknell
C: Chad Warga, Lehigh
1B: Jordan Enos, Holy Cross
2B: Kevin Casey, Lafayette
3B: Greg Dupell, Navy
SS: Brendan McGaheran, Lehigh
OF: Cody Murtle, Army
OF: Gerry Runyan, Bucknell
OF: Brandon Cipolla, Holy Cross
OF: Joe Abeln, Lehigh
DH: Tyler Brong, Lehigh

* The All-Patriot League Second Team has an extra starting pitcher and extra outfielder due to a tie in voting.