2018 NCAA Div. III Baseball All-American Teams
Story Contributions Courtesy of the Denison and Wooster Sports Information Departments
Led by Wooster junior shortstop Michael Wielansky (St. Louis, MO/Ladue Horton Watkins) being named a consensus first-team All-American by both the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and D3baseball.com, four total North Coast baseball players collected All-American honors for the 2018 season.
Wielansky, a repeat selection as a first-teamer by the ABCA, joined exclusive company, as the junior shortstop's just the third Fighting Scot in program history to earn first-team All-America honors from the coaches association in back-to-back seasons. The previous two Wooster greats to do so were W Association Hall of Famers Rick Sforzo (1985-86) and Matthew Jackson(1996-97). The Scots' shortstop is just the second known player in Div. III history to amass 200 career hits, 200 career runs, and 150 career RBI before the end of his junior year. Entering this weekends NCAA Div. III Championships, Wielansky's tops in Div. III with 76 runs, and he's 11th in hits (78), 14th in walks (39), and 65th in average (.411).
Harwood, the second designated hitter in program history to earn All-America honors from the ABCA as well as D3baseball.com, exploded onto the scene from the get-go in his first full season as a starter. In the season opener, Harwood went 4-for-4 with four RBI, three runs and a pair of homers. The smooth-swinging left-hander has played a variety of roles this season, but spent a majority of it at designated hitter. He's second nationally in RBI with 72 and fifth in round trippers with 14 entering the Div. III Championships. On the year, Harwood's slashing .382/.461/.710.
Dippman, who earned his first All-America honor as a second-team member of the ABCA squad, did so as a utility player, and he's the first student-athlete in program history to be recognized nationally under that designation. Dippman's unbeaten on the year with an 8-0 record and sports a North Coast Athletic Conference-leading 2.06 ERA. Dippman's logged 65 2/3 innings on the year and has held the opposition to a .265 average. Offensively, Dippman's slash line is at .314/.410/.400 entering the Div. III Championships and he's logged new career-highs in hits, runs, and RBI this season.
Johnson, who was a second-team selection by the ABCA and an honorable-mention pick on the D3baseball.com squad, led the team in average (.378), hits (65), runs (57), RBIs (53), home runs (10), stolen bases (25), on-base percentage (.495) and slugging percentage (.692). He leaves Denison with 201 career hits, 124 RBIs, 79 stolen bases, 161 runs scored and a .349 career batting average. He is the second player in program history to earn NCAC Player of the Year accolades and the first since Derek Johnson in 2001. He is just the fifth player in program history to be named to an All-American squad and the first since 2004 when Drew Shamrock and Adam Mandel both were named to an All-American team.