Schaffer named NESCAC Player of the Year; Hatheway earns top defensive honor

Schaffer named NESCAC Player of the Year; Hatheway earns top defensive honor

HADLEY, MA -- Williams College senior Doug Schaffer (New Haven, Conn.) has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year while classmate Kellen Hatheway (Armonk, NY) was chosen as the Co-Defensive Player of the Year. In addition senior Jack Bohen (Wallingford, Conn..) and sopomore Eric Pappas (Providence, R.I.) were accorded All-NESCAC honors as well. 

Schaffer, Hatheway and Pappas were all First Team All-Conference selections, while Bohen was a Second Team member. 

Schaffer is the fifth Eph to be named NESCAC POTY, joining Mark Scialabba (2002), Jabe Bergeron (2004), Chris Kenney (2006), and Al Mathews (2010). He led the NESCAC with a .412 batting average and 47 RBIs, while slugging .595 for the season. Schaffer helped the Ephs qualify for the NESCAC Baseball Championship for the first time since 2012 and claim the NESCAC West Division title, their first since 2010. His 47 RBI were the most in a season for an Eph since Mathews accrued 51 in the 2009 season.

He's the first Eph to hit over .400 (full season) since Jack Cloud batted .402 in 2014 and the first Ephs' NESCAC batting champion since Cloud also achieved that in 2014. 

"Doug was truly amazing this year," Ephs' head coach Bill Barrale said. "He works extremely hard at his craft, and was an absolute RBI machine for us -- I am so proud of the season he put together."

Hatheway, the Ephs shortstop when healthy, is the only Williams player to garner the Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was also named Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 as a sophomore and is the second player to earn the honor twice (Connor McDavitt, Tufts – 2014 & 2015). Hatheway, the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2016 and a First Team selection in 2017, posted a .957 fielding percentage and committed only four errors in 92 chances this season. He helped Williams win its opening game of the NESCAC Championship with a pair of home runs in an 11-3 win over Bates. 

In addition, Hatheway put together his best offensive campaign of his career with a career-best numbers in batting average (.383), on-base percentage (.448), slugging percentage (.702) and home runs (5). 

"I believe Kellen is the best division 3 shortstop in the country," Barrale said. "He has tremendous range, soft hands, and a cannon from across the diamond, and a pretty darn good hitter too. We will miss him for sure."

Bohen, a southpaw, went 6-0 with a 2.45 earned run average this season. He made nine appearances, seven of which were starts. He led the Ephs in wins, ERA and innings pitched, 51 1/3. He allowed 46 hits and walked only 17 while striking out 29 batters. 

"Jack Bohen is that quiet competitor that never got rattled," Barrale noted.  "He was our rock on the pitching staff. What he accomplished this season was remarkable."

Pappas played in 34 of the Ephs' 35 games this season. He started 17 at second base and 17 at shortstop as Hatheway battled back from an injury. He missed out on a batting title by .002 points to teammate Schaffer, batting .410 on the season with a robust .482 on-base percentage and a .453 slugging percentage. He led the team with 57 hits and 39 runs scored and stole six bases in seven attempts while hitting two doubles and two triples. 

"Eric Pappas has the task of replacing Kellen and he proved this spring he is the right guy for the job," Barrale stated. "I am looking forward to his next two years."

 

 

 

 

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