WINTHROP, Mass – Tuesday afternoon, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Released their 2018 yearly awards for baseball. After a year in which the team more than doubled the win total of the 2017 squad, three different 'Cats were named amongst the honorees. Receiving Second Team All-Conference Honors as well as GNAC Rookie of the year was infielder and pitcher Nick Genatossio (Sutton, Mass). Named to the Conference Third Team was freshman outfielder Noah Holland (Sandwich, Mass), and on the Conference Gold Glove team is Jack Marzec (Northbridge, Mass). All freshman, these three guys more than deserve the honors they have been given.
Genatossio did it all for the AMCATS this year, in the infield, on the mound, and at the plate. He batted .364 on the year. In 77 at-bats he struck out just 10 times. Among his 28 hits, he scattered five doubles and hit a home run. On the mound, he made eight appearances, starting four games and finished the year with a 2-0 record. In 31.0 inning he struck out 23 hitters and allowed 15 earned runs for a 4.35 ERA. Though he wasn't named to the weekly awards during the year, Nick made a strong case to be named among the top players in the conference and at the end of the day was, being deservedly named GNAC Rookie of the Year.
Holland, similarly to Genatossio, made his at bats count, finishing the year with a .354 batting average. Noah hit two home runs on the year, including a walk-off home run against Norwich, earning the team their first conference win since 2016. Holland drove in 18 runs on the year and recorded nine doubles. He totaled 46 hits on the season and scored 24 times for the 'Cats.
Marzec was named Pitcher of the Week once during the 2018 season. On the mound he had two wins and a save, pitching two complete games and struck out 41 hitters in 40.0 total innings of work. His fielding percentage on the year was .973 and while he could certainly flash the leather on the mound, he did it at second base as well, committing just one error in 37 total fielding chances.