Hopkins Wins Gold Glove, Five Devils Earn All-CC Honors

Hopkins Wins Gold Glove, Five Devils Earn All-CC Honors

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson baseball team had a great showing on the 2017 All-Centennial Conference Team, announced on Wednesday, as five Red Devils were named to the squad.

Junior pitcher Billy O'Neil (South Deerfield, Mass./Deerfield Academy) and first-year Max Matilsky (Bernardsville, N.J./Morristown-Beard) led the way, earning First-team selections.

Senior catcher Rick Hopkins (Egg Harbor Twp, N.J./Holy Spirit) and juniors Reid Collins (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood Oxford) and Robbie Thompson (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) earned Second-team honors, and senior Jake Band (Gaithersburg, Md./St. John's College) was named to the All-Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Team.

Hopkins was also voted the Centennial Conference Gold Glove Award winner, following a remarkable and record-setting year and career behind the plate. Hopkins makes his second appearance on the All-Conference team, earning honorable mention last spring. Hopkins broke conference and school records with 24 runners-caught-stealing this season, and set new marks with a conference and school record 54 in his career.

He hit just shy of .300 for the season and broke into the top 10 in program history with 12 doubles on the year behind a team-high 43 hits. He added 22 runs scored and hit three homeruns to move him into fourth all-time at Dickinson with nine in his career, and cracked the top 10, driving in 29 runs this spring.

Hopkins had a great finish to his career, breaking into the top 10 in doubles (28), RBIs (74) and walks (47). He shattered the career mark with his 54 runners-caught-stealing and tied for second with a remarkable fielding percentage of .989, committing just 10 errors in 873 chances. He also finished fourth all-time with 753 putouts.

O'Neil led the conference with eight wins, ranking second on the program's single season top 10 list. He was third in the CC with a 2.14 earned run average to rank seventh on the program list while breaking into the top 10 in starts and innings pitched. For his career, he ranks fourth all-time at Dickinson with a 3.11 ERA, seventh for lowest opponent batting average (.253) and ninth in career wins (9).

He ran his season record to 8-0 and 4-0 in the conference before a tough, one run setback against Franklin & Marshall to finish 8-1 overall. He led the Red Devils and ranked in the top 10 in the conference with 51 strikeouts on the year, raising his career mark to 78, in just under 100 innings of work.

Matilsky earned a starting spot in his rookie campaign and made an immediate impact as he received First-team recognition. He pounded out 38 hits on the year for a .325 batting average, tying for fourth in program history with 13 doubles. He scored 24 runs and drove in 18 more, adding a pair of homeruns as well. He already ranks among program leaders in career slugging (.487) and on-base percentage (.402).

Defensively, Matilsky was solid at second base, posting a .952 fielding percentage with just 10 errors in 188 chances. He finished sixth on the single season list with 103 assists, playing in 36 games on the year.

Collins had a great year on the hill as well, coming out of the bullpen to break his own school record with five saves, recording four in 2016. Those nine saves mark a school record as well as he overtook Brian Kelley's '08 previous mark of five. Collins posted conference-best ERA of 1.55 to rank third at Dickinson. He currently ranks third on the career list as well with three-year mark of 3.10 while holding opposing hitters to just a combined average of .219, recording 33 strikeouts.

Thompson proved worthy of conference honors as a designated hitter, leading the Red Devils with a .347 batting average. The junior matched Hopkins with 43 hits, producing seven doubles, two triples and a homerun. He was second on the team with 22 RBI, scoring 19 runs as well. Thompson hit .360 in 2016 and has a career average of .318, reaching the century mark with 102 career hits. He had a great outing at Washington College, going 6-for-9 in the double-header, scoring five runs on the day.

The Red Devils finished 20-20 overall, producing 20 wins in three of the past four seasons. The pitching staff combined for a school record eight saves while defensively the Red Devils set new marks for chances (1,555), putouts (1,014) and assists (460).

Complete 2017 All-Centennial Conference Baseball Team