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Reed wins ECAC baseball All-Star recognition
Even though the Lake Erie College baseball season has been over for six weeks, that hasn’t kept the awards from rolling in for sophomore designated hitter Ben Reed (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal). On Wednesday, Reed was announced as an East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Division Second-Team All-Star. Yet another feather in the cap of the player who was sidelined for 13 games midway through the season because of a broken hand.
The designated hitter was one of 22 players to earn all-star status in the South Region, becoming the first Storm player to ever earn such an honor. Reed, who recorded career numbers this year, set the program’s single season batting average record at .421, after totaling 48 hits in 110 at bats. He led the team with a .702 slugging percentage and tied the program season record for home runs with eight. He also had eight doubles and 35 RBIs in his second collegiate campaign that included back-to-back Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) postseason accolades, this year as an honorable mention pick. Reed was also named a 2008 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) – Rawlings All-Region Mid-Atlantic Third-Team honoree, which was another first for the program.
Reed opened the 2008 Storm season hitting .346 in nine games before breaking his hand diving back to a base. In his 13-game absence, Lake Erie went 4-9. Upon Reed’s return, the team went 12-10, earning a first-time bid to the AMCC Tournament after recording a program-best third place league finish. In his comeback, Reed hit .443 with all eight home runs and 31 of his 33 total RBIs in the final 22 games of the season.
Under the guidance of Reed, the Storm had its best season in seven years of existence. The team won a record 17 games, including a record 10 conference wins. It posted its first above .500 league record and won in the opening round of the AMCC Tournament.
Now the team will move up to NCAA Division II where it will compete independently during the 2008-09 academic year.