Babcock and Hunter Named All-MSAC

Alex Babcock and Garret Hunter
Alex Babcock and Garret Hunter

Two Tompkins Cortland Community College players have earned spots on the Mid-State Athletic Conference baseball all-conference team. In voting by the coaches from the six MSAC programs, Garret Hunter (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox H.S.) and Alex Babcock (Cortland/Cortland H.S.) were selected for the 15-player team.

Hunter was a repeat all-conference selection, becoming the seventh player to do so in Tompkins Cortland history and the first since Tim Smith in 2011 and 2012. Hunter led the team with 29 runs batted in and was second on the team in batting and slugging with a .380 average and a .460 slugging percentage. He tied for the team lead with an on-base percentage of .504 and had a team-best eight doubles. He caught more than 200 innings, recording 289 putouts and playing a major role in helping the pitching staff shatter school records for strikeouts and ERA.

Babcock, a freshman infielder, led the team with a slugging percentage of .476 and was third with a .347 batting average. His three triples led the team and tied for the second most ever for a Panther in a single season. Playing most of the season at shortstop, Babcock also led the team with 71 assists.

The Panthers finished 2018 with a conference record of 13-5, second best in the MSAC.