College Watch: Former York Baseball Player Earns All-American Status

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Former York baseball player Ryan Hendrickson was named a USCAA First-Team All-American. (Ricky Thompson/Newport News Shipbuilding Photography)
Former York baseball player Ryan Hendrickson was named a USCAA First-Team All-American. (Ricky Thompson/Newport News Shipbuilding Photography)

Thanks to a stellar season at the plate, former York baseball standout Ryan Hendrickson was named an All-American by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday.

Hendrickson, a senior captain for The Apprentice School’s baseball team in Newport News, earned his first All-American honors after batting .387 with 30 RBIs as a designated hitter during the regular season for the Builders. He also sported a 30-game hit streak that dated back to the 2014 season.

The Apprentice School, which is accredited by the Commission of the Council of Occupational Education, is a four-year apprentice program that offers 19 shipbuilding disciplines and seven advanced programs of study.

As well as earning national honors for his play, Hendrickson also earned Academic All-American honors. He and five other Historic Triangle baseball players helped lead The Apprentice School (24-13) to an appearance in the USCAA Small College World Series, which began Tuesday.

The Small College World Series is held exclusively for USCAA member schools, which usually have enrollments of less than 2,500 students. The top-10 USCAA baseball programs will compete during the five-day, double-elimination style tournament.

The other five Historic Triangle baseball players that helped navigate the Builders to the Small College World Series include freshman Mike Brumfield (Warhill), freshman Austin Carter (Jamestown), senior Cody Norris (Tabb), sophomore Thomas Richardson (Warhill) and junior Collin Wilber (Grafton).

Norris joined Hendrickson on the USCAA All-Academic team while batting .310 for the Builders. Brumfield came in and contributed immediately on the mound as a freshman, going 4-2 in the regular season with a 2.54 ERA.

Wilber is hitting .272 on the year and delivered a crucial walk-off home run to help give The Apprentice School Coach Bryan Cave his 600th career win.

Richardson, a shortstop, is hitting .221 on the season with four multi-hit games in his last six appearances. Carter has seen limited action as a freshman, but has filled in for the Builders as a pinch-runner and utility infielder.

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