Five Historic Triangle Baseball Players Earn First-Team All-Conference 25 Honors

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Daniel Blankinship (file photo)
Daniel Blankinship (File Photo)

Three Lafayette baseball players and two more Historic Triangle athletes were named first-team All-Conference 25 selections on Monday.

Pitcher and utility player Daniel Blankinship, outfielder Luc Lipcius and catcher Matt Keane were all named first-team selections for the Rams.

York pitcher Eric Harp and Warhill outfielder Pat Daly rounded out the first-team selections for the Historic Triangle.

Blankinship posted a .304 batting average for Lafayette while driving in 16 runs at the plate. On the mound, Blankinship started seven games and posted a 4-1 record, striking out a team-high 31 batters en route to a 2.60 ERA.

Lipcius led the Rams in batting average (.411) and RBIs (18), while notching an on-base percentage of .526. Keane, the starting catcher for Lafayette, logged a .940 fielding percentage behind the plate.

One of the best pitchers in Conference 25, Harp drew the attention of the New York Yankees during the regular season. The Longwood College commit finished the season with a 5-2 record and a 2.19 ERA thanks in part to 73 strikeouts on the season.

“Eric grew up a lot this year. He’s finally starting to get some control of his body,” York coach Rusty Ingram said. “He’s a power pitcher so he struck out a lot more batters. Once he gets full control of his body he’s going to be something special.”

Warhill’s Pat Daly was named a first-team selection as an outfielder after logging a .333 batting average and .532 on-base percentage. Daly paced Warhill’s offense with 30 RBIs and six home runs.

The Conference 25 second team featured even more Historic Triangle talent with seven players –Lafayette pitcher Keane, York outfielder Hunter Collins, York outfielder David Brewster, Lafayette second baseman Jeremiah Antle, Lafayette shortstop Andre Lipcius, York utility player Gabe Simmons and Warhill designated hitter Reece Koon – earning honors.

Below are the All-Conference 25 selections:

Player of the Year: Seth Markins, Colonial Heights
Pitcher of the Year: Noah Murdock, Colonial Heights
Coach of the Year: Gerald Carsley, Colonial Heights

First Team
Pitcher: Noah Murdock, senior, Colonial Heights
Pitcher: Daniel Blankinship, senior, Lafayette
Pitcher: Eric Harp, senior, York
Outfield: Luc Lipcius, junior, Lafayette
Outfield: Pat Daly, senior, Warhill
Outfield: Reed Raikes, junior, Colonial Heights
Outfield: Jared Jordon, senior, Park View
First Base: Trey Cox, senior, New Kent
Second Base: Seth Markins, senior, Colonial Heights
Third Base: Trey Hicks, junior, Poquoson
Shortstop: Steven Carpenter, junior, New Kent
Catcher: Matt Keane, senior, Lafayette
Utility: Daniel Blankinship, senior, Lafayette
Designated Hitter: James Williams, junior, Southampton

Second Team
Pitcher: Matt Keane, senior, Lafayette
Pitcher: Brett Cliborne, senior, Park View
Pitcher: Hunter Peck, senior, Southampton
Outfield: Chris Roman, senior, New Kent
Outfield: Austin Gault, freshman, Poquoson
Outfield: Josh Meyer, sophomore, Colonial Heights
Outfield: Hunter Collins, senior, York
First Base: David Brewster, junior, York
Second Base: Jeremiah Antle, senior, Lafayette
Third Base: Wesley Pierce, sophomore, Southampton
Shortstop: Andre Lipcius, junior, Lafayette
Catcher: Morgan Hall, senior, Southampton
Utility: Gabe Simmons, junior, York
Designated Hitter: Reece Koon, freshman, Warhill

Honorable Mention
Colonial Heights: Jason Maitland, Nick Meyer
Lafayette: Austin Cohn
New Kent: Christian Hamby, Brennan Gray
Park View: J.W. Murry, Josh Hadley
Poquoson: Drew Watkins, Cole Jackson
Southampton: Jesse Griggs, Braxton Harrup
Warhill: Luke Bruce, Lucas Rice
York: Rayvon Patrick, Jaime Lewis