Five HCC baseball players make All-New England Team

June 13, 2012

HOLYOKE — The Holyoke Community College baseball team had five of its members named to the All-New Englad Team.

Sophomore first baseman Karl Kapinos was a first team selection after he led the team in on-base percentage (.469), runs (37), steals (17), walks (26), hit-by-pitch (13) and tied for the team lead with 2 home runs and 10 doubles.

After an impressive freshman season in 2011, Kapinos saw very few pitches to hit this year. Despite being pitched around quite often, Kapinos batted .306 with 37 hits and 19 RBIs. Spending the majority of his time at first base, he finished 2012 with a .973 fielding percentage with 272 put outs. This is his first All-New England first team selection, recieving second team honors last season.

Sophomore lefthanded pitcher Bobby Foley pitched 45.2 innings for the Cougars in an injury-shortened 2012 season, also earning him first team honors.

When healthy, Foley was Holyoke's ace finishing with a 2.76 ERA, striking out 37 batters and walking only 15. He went 3-2 for the Cougars allowing only 14 earned runs on 37 hits. This is his first All-New England selection.

Freshman second baseman Mike Foley was a second team selection after leading the team in batting average (.348), at-bats (135) and hits (47).

He hit the only two triples that the Cougars had this year and was a threat on the bases, stealing 15 bags and getting caught only once (94 percent).

He hit nine doubles to go along with 21 RBIs and one home run. Reaching base better than 40 percent of the time (.407), Foley scored 34 runs for HCC in 2012. As the Cougars' everyday second baseman, he finished with a .916 fielding percentage with 67 put outs and 75 assists.

Sophomore third baseman Tommy Cowell was also a second team selection, finishing tied for the team lead in doubles (10) and home runs (2).

Tommy batted .315 with 35 hits and 19 RBIs. He reached base at a .417 percentage and took advantage of his opportunities stealing eleven bases in eleven attempts. Cowell had a .864 fielding percentage with 33 put outs and 37 assists. This is his first All-New England selection for baseball, recieving the award in soccer in 2010.

Sophomore utility man Sam Farnsworth was an All-New England honorable mention after spending the season alternating between third base and catcher. He also spent some time in the outfield as well as pitching when called upon.

Farnsworth racked up 41 hits and seven doubles, good for a .315 average. He hit one home run and drove in 15, scoring 27 runs along the way. Farnsworth only committed six errors on the season while playing multiple positions. He finished with a .947 fielding percentage with 87 put outs and 20 assists. This is his first All-New England selection.

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