Five student-athletes from Region IV have been recognized for their work in the 2017 season with sports on the National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) Division III Baseball All-American teams. Samyr Santos of Waubonsee Community College and Tom Smart from Oakton Community College headline the list with first team accolades. Joshua Meyers, also from Waubonsee, was a second team selection, while Elgin Community College's Will Drake and Harper College's David Dugger received spots on the third team.
Santos, a sophomore catcher, registered a .371 batting average with 63 runs batted in and 39 runs scored for the Chiefs. The power hitter belted 13 home runs, including six in six games that resulted in a NJCAA DIII Player of the Week accolade.
Smart, a freshman infielder, led the region in hitting with a .424 average, using 27 extra base hits to do so. He drove in 53 runs and scored 47 more for the Owls.
Meyers, a freshman outfielder, paced the Chiefs with 65 hits en route to a .378 average. He had 40 runs scored and 41 batted in.
Drake, a freshman infielder, produced 48 RBI, 39 runs scored, and a .322 average in his first season with the Spartans. He played both first and third bases.
Dugger, a sophomore designated hitter, generated a .414 average with a team-best 36 runs scored and 25 batted in. He also stole a 18 bases, a team-best for the Hawks.