Alitz named gold glove winner

6/5/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Former Garden City Community College baseball player Tyler Alitz received the Rawlings Gold Glove Award posthumously Wednesday.

The award is given to the NJCAA's best defensive players at each position across the diamond, with Alitz receiving the honor at shortstop for Division I.

Alitz died in a car accident on May 21 in Concordia.

"It's an unbelievable honor for anybody," Broncbusters head coach Chris Finnegan said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "Tyler was well deserving of it. He worked very hard to get where he was at in his career."

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 was also proficient at the plate, hitting .310 with eight home runs, 38 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

Other Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners: Pitcher, Brent Honeywell, Walters State; Catcher, Blake Wilfong, Crowder; First Base, Hector Marmol, Monroe College; Second Base, Will Jones, Middle Georgia; Third Base, Bennett Oliver, Hutchinson; Outfield, A.J. Shaw, Cowley County; Outfield, Trey Haygood, Darton State; Outfield, Justin Behnke, South Mountain.

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