Alitz named Defensive POTY

6/8/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Just a couple of days after receiving a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, former Garden City Community College short stop, the late Tyler Alitz was named the NJCAA Spalding Defensive Player of the Year.

Alitz receives the award posthumously after dying in a car wreck on May 21.

Selected by the respective committee, Alitz is the Division I award winner for 2014, following his selection as the Gold Glove recipient at short stop for the NJCAA.

Alitz recorded 175 fielding assists in his sophomore season at GCCC, fourth most in the nation, while only recording 14 errors for a .949 fielding percentage. He also had 88 put outs and contributed to 13 double plays.

The Omaha, Neb., native had signed a letter of intent to play at Morehead (Ky.) State University for 2014-15, after a junior college season in which he was named the Region VI Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the All-Region VI second team and All-KJCCC West first team.

Alitz had a .310 batting average with eight home runs, 38 RBIs and 13 stolen bases, as well.

Hutchinson's Kyle Simonds was named the NJCAA Division I Pitcher of the Year, going 13-0 with 103 strikeouts and a 2.30 ERA.

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