Martin, Fletcher named Region XXII Player, Coach of the YearPublished 1:33pm Friday, May 31, 2013
Editor’s Note: Chris Kinkaid of the Bogalusa Daily News contributed to this report.
While the Central Alabama Trojans are currently on a tear in Colorado, their coach and one of their players have been honored for season-long excellence.
CACC third baseman B.J. Martin racked up numerous honors from the Alabama Community College Conference, most notably the Region XXII Player of the Year award.
In addition, Martin was selected as a member of Region XXII’s First Team, and he also garnered a First Team All-Central division selection.
Central Alabama head baseball coach Wynn Flecther was named Region XXII Coach of the Year.
A native of Franklinton, La., Martin hit .364 on the year, with two homers and 41 RBIs.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” Martin said of the honor. “Nothing has changed. I’m still trying to help my teammates. We’ve got one more goal to reach, so there’s still work left and that’s the World Series.”
Martin’s slugging percentage is .481, while his on base percentage is .476.
He was a notoriously tough out this year, as he only struck out 10 times. He drew 30 walks on the season and reached base 11 times after being struck by pitches.
Martin credited his teammates for their support this season.
“I just pushed myself to be the best,” Martin said. “I guess (the ACCC) liked the way I played. I have a lot of support with the people I’m around, my teammates. They keep smiles on my face, and I try to keep smiles on theirs. We keep things positive.”
Fletcher, in his sixth season as skipper for the Trojans, led CACC to a 38-13 regular season record and the No. 8 rank in NJCAA.
Under his watch, Central Alabama won the ACCC tournament in explosive fashion, culminating in a 13-5 victory over Southern Union Community College in the ACCC tournament final.
With the ACCC championship win, the Trojans clinched their first trip to the JUCO World Series since 2001, when former coach Ronnie Baynes led the Trojans to the national championship tournament.