Matt Spagnolo, Chase Counts Earn 2019 VaSID Baseball All-State Honors

VaSID All-State Baseball
VaSID All-State Baseball

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College juniors Matthew Spagnolo/Glen Allen and Chase Counts/Virginia Beach have been recognized by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) as College Division Baseball All-State selections.  Spagnolo is a First Team choice at designated hitter, while Counts is a Second Team honoree at second base.

Spagnolo, a team captain, started 31 of 33 games, batting .385 (47-122) with two home runs, one triple, 13 doubles, 21 runs, 24 RBIs, 11 walks and three stolen bases.  He had a .557 slugging percentage, a .446 on-base percentage and a .955 fielding percentage with 41 putouts and one assist in 44 chances in the outfield.  Spagnolo led the Tigers in doubles, was second in hits, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, tied for fourth in triples, while fifth in at-bats and home runs.  He was fifth in the ODAC in batting average, ninth in slugging percentage, tied for ninth in doubles, 11th in on-base percentage and tied for 24th in hits.  Matt previously was named to the All-South Region Second Team and was First Team All-ODAC.

Counts started all 38 games, batting .367 (58-158) with seven home runs, two triples, eight doubles, 43 runs, 29 RBIs, 10 walks and two stolen bases.  He had a .576 slugging percentage, a .401 on-base percentage and a .950 fielding percentage with 61 putouts and 91 assists in 160 total chances in the infield.  Counts led the Tigers in at-bats, hits, runs, home runs and slugging percentage, tied for second in triples and was fourth in doubles.  He was third in the ODAC in runs, tied for fifth in home runs, sixth in slugging percentage, eighth in batting average, tied for ninth in hits, 12th in at-bats and tied for 15th in RBIs.  Chase previously was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region Second Team and was First Team All-ODAC, as well.

The complete 2019 VaSID College Division All-State Teams and special award winners are listed below.

2019 VaSID College Division All-State Baseball Awards

Player of the Year: Nick DiNapoli (SS), Christopher Newport

Pitcher of the Year: Nick Roth (RHP), Randolph-Macon

Rookie of the Year: Garrett Jackson (3B/RHP), Lynchburg

Coach of the Year: John Harvell, Christopher Newport


First Team

C - Ryan Grubbs, Christopher Newport

1B - Nicholas Baham, Christopher Newport

2B - Joseph Cutchins, Christopher Newport

3B - Seth Woodard, Christopher Newport

SS - Nick DiNapoli, Christopher Newport

OF - Trey Hicks, Christopher Newport

OF - Jaylon Lee, Eastern Mennonite

OF - Luke Tyree, Marymount

DH - Matt Spagnolo, Hampden-Sydney

UTIL - Kinston Carson, Lynchburg

SP - Josh Husby, Christopher Newport

SP - Nick Roth, Randolph-Macon

SP - Michael Zubovich, Randolph-Macon

RP - Kevin Ledford, Roanoke

RP - Tyler Jumper, Christopher Newport


Second Team

C - Tim Ortega, Ferrum

1B - Jordan McDonough, Virginia Wesleyan

2B - Chase Counts, Hampden-Sydney

3B - Mike Nickles, Randolph-Macon

SS - Thomas Packert, Apprentice School

OF - Christian Hague, Mary Washington

OF - Jordan Mason, Christopher Newport

OF - Shawn Nickles, Randolph-Macon

DH - Eric O'Brien, Christopher Newport

UTIL - Austin Sizemore, Marymount

SP - Hank Biggs, Mary Washington

SP - Paul Jones, Apprentice School

SP - Jacob Pilarski, Virginia Wesleyan

RP - Gerard DePhillips, Shenandoah

RP - Thomas Packert, Apprentice School