WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Williams College sophomore Kellen Hatheway (Armonk, NY) was name dthe 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year, while first year teammate John Lamont (Groton, MA) was selected as the NESCAC's Co-Rookie of the year.
Both Hatheway and Lamont were also First Team All-NESCAC selections. Junior Jack Roberts was chosen Second Team All-NESCAC.
Hatheway posted a .936 fielding percentage and made just nine errors in 140 total chances this season for the Ephs. At the plate, he hit .362 with a team-high 42 hits, including 12 doubles which tied for second among the league leaders. He also led Williams in runs (38) and drove in 25 runs. Hatheway is the first Eph to earn the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year honor.
"Kellen's sophomore year was better than his first," said Ephs' head coach Bill Barrale. "He can make all the plays at shortstop, his arm strength is outstanding, and he has the quickest release i've seen at the d3 level. We are fortunate to have both he and Jack Roberts back next year in the middle of our infield."
Lamont, a pitcher, is the sixth Eph to receive the ROY award, joining Kellen Hatheway (2016), Robin Allemand (2007), Dan Benz (2006), Chris Bodnar (2002) and Jabe Bergeron (2001). Lamont posted a league-leading 1.80 ERA in his first season for the Ephs.
He won four games and picked up 37 strikeouts in 40 innings of work.
"Johnny Lamont was outstanding this year," Barrale said. "With each start he showe∂ improvement. His stuff coupled with his athleticism is fun to watch!"
Roberts (Vineyard Haven, MA) was second among regular on Williams with a .368 batting average. He also walked 11 times and had a .446 on-base percentage and a .509 slugging percentage. He finished with seven doubles, a triple and two home runs while knocking in 27 runs (second on the team) and scoring 22 runs. He also stole five bases on the season.
"Jack Roberts was consistent all year," Barrale said. "After missing last season due to injury, he came back in great shape, and was a rock in our line-up in the 3-hole."