MARSHALL, Minn. – The Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) released its 2016 Baseball All-America Team, with Georgia College's Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) taking a slot on the first team.
A free agent signee with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cook was just the fourth Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Year in school history, finishing the season with a .414 batting average, 14 home runs and 64 RBIs. The former gold glover added 63 runs scored and 23 steals as well. The consensus Southeast Region Player of the Year, Cook is the fifth D2CCA All-American in school history, but the first at second base.
Catcher Steve Hazel was the most recent Bobcat honoree, picking up a second-team slot in 2014, while outfielder Justin Mills was the only other first team selection in 2007.
The D2CCA honors All-America teams in football, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and softball and are sponsored by the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association. The All-America teams were formerly known as the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America teams.
The season has come to a close for Bobcat Baseball, a year in which the squad went 33-17, finishing the regular season with 10 straight wins, taking the PBC No. 4-seed. Along with the three All-Region selections, the Bobcats swept the conference awards, with Cook as PBC Player of the Year, Cameron Busby (Grovetown, Georgia) as PBC Pitcher of the Year and Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia) as PBC Freshman of the Year. It marks just the second time a conference school has won all three in the same season.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on social media for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.