Freeland, Mich. – Juniors Jaret Koin (Sterling, Mich. / Standish-Sterling Central) and Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth) of the Alma College Baseball team were named to the All-MIAA Second Team as announced by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday.
This is the first time both Koin and Carravallah have earned All-Conference honors. Carravallah was one of the three outfielders to be listed on the second team while Koin was the second team's utility honoree.
Koin started all 40 regular season games for the team. After spending the first half of the season splitting between right field, catcher and designated hitter, the junior started the last 22 games at the backstop position. The Sterling native is the team's hits, runs (49) and stolen bases (12) leader. His 39 hits this season so far set a new single-season program record. Koin holds a .336 overall batting average and his four home runs against MIAA opponents are tied for second most in the league. In conference, Koin ranks fourth in the league with a .385 batting average. He also broke the single-season program record for hit by pitches with 16 so far this year while becoming Alma's all-time hit by pitches leader earlier in the season.
"Jaret has had a phenomenal year," Head Coach Jason Crain said. "Batting at the top of our order and catching the majority of our games, he has been a consistent and clutch performer for our team. Jaret is one the best players in our conference."
Carravallah has started in center field for the Scots in all but one game this season. The junior carries the best overall batting average on the team (.348) and is second in runs (36) and hits (46). His three triples are tied for the most in the MIAA and his .362 batting average against conference opponents ranks just outside the top 10 in the league. Carravallah also leads Alma in walks (25). Defensively, the Canton native is one of five players in the conference with a 1.000 fielding percentage, he also had made the most putouts of that group. Last week against Olivet College on Thursday, May 2 the center fielder went 5-for-5 at the plate with five runs scored with four RBI. It was the most hits by a Scot in a single game since 2007.
"Pete has really turned it on in the second half of the year," Crain said. "Pete works really hard and he has been on a tear for a long period of time. He also plays center field and boasts a perfect fielding percentage. He and Jaret are a great 1-2 punch at the top of our lineup."
Koin, Carravallah and the rest of the Scots head to Adrian College on Wednesday for the MIAA Tournament. The double-elimination tournament starts with the number four seed Alma taking on the regular-season champion Bulldogs for a 4 p.m. first pitch.