Dandy Dozen

12 SJR State baseball players are all-conference

Twelve St. Johns River State College baseball players have been named to the 2016 Mid-Florida Conference team. 

Sophomores Tyler Carr, Alec Dowell, Andy Toelken and Omar Villaman were first team selections. 

Sophomore Wes Weeks and freshmen Nick Koslowski, Pearson McMahan and Nick Owens were selected for the second team. 

Honorable mention selections included sophomores Hunter Alexander, Harlan Harris, Matthew Rhodes and Daniel Williams. 

Carr, a pitcher from Lake Placid, ended the 2016 regular season with an 8-1 record and 13 saves. He averaged 11.15 strikeouts per game and had an earned run average of 3.47 in his 29 appearances on the mound. The 2015 Mid-Florida Conference Fireman of the Year has signed with the University of South Alabama. 

Dowell, an outfielder from Coral Springs, ended the regular season with a .363 batting average, including 29 runs, 12 doubles, five home runs, 40 runs batted in (RBI) and six stolen bases. Defensively, Dowell had a .905 fielding percentage for the season. 

The 2016 John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship recipient, Toelken finished the regular season with an 8-1 record. The Clay High School graduate had an earned run average of 4.12 and averaged 8.35 strikeouts per game. In addition, the right handed pitcher had a perfect fielding percentage, committing no errors in 63 chances, including eight double plays. Toelken had a .205 batting average, scoring four runs on eight hits, including one double, and accumulating five RBI for the Vikings. Last season, Toelken was a member of the All Mid-Florida Conference second team as well as the Mid-Florida Conference All-Academic and the FCSAA All-State Academic teams. He has signed with the University of Missouri, where he plans to study business management.  

Second baseman Villaman batted a team-high .401, which included 57 runs scored, 12 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 40 RBI and five stolen bases. The Kissimmee native had a .973 fielding percentage for the season, committing only five errors in 182 chances, including an impressive 26 double plays. He has signed with Florida Southern College, where he will study business. 

Outfielder Weeks also had a strong year at the plate, accumulating a .304 batting average and scoring 51 runs on 56 hits, including eight doubles, two triples, six home runs, 45 RBI and 20 stolen bases. The Clay graduate had a .909 fielding percentage, committing only seven errors in 48 games. Weeks was also a member of the 2015 All Mid-Florida Conference second team. He has signed with the University of North Florida, where he plans to study sports management.

Koslowski batted .359 and accumulated 26 runs and 33 RBIs for the season. He had four doubles, two triples, three home runs and a stolen base for the Vikings. Defensively, he had a perfect fielding percentage, committing no errors in 63 chances, including four double plays. 

Middleburg High McMahan appeared in 24 games and was 6-1 record on the mound with one save. The freshman had a 2.70 earned run average and averaged 13.5 strikeouts per game. In addition, he had an .857 fielding percentage, committing only one error. 

Charlotte, N.C., native Owens finished the regular season with a .327 batting average, including 41 runs on 52 hits, two doubles, two home runs, 22 RBI and seven stolen bases. The freshman infielder had a .918 fielding percentage in the 48 games in which he participated and contributed to 26 double plays for the Vikings. 

Clay graduate Alexander had a .253 batting average with 35 runs on 41 hits, including six doubles, 11 home runs, 40 RBI and four stolen bases. The sophomore infielder had an .895 fielding percentage and contributed to 11 double plays. He was a member of the 2015 All Mid-Florida Conference second team and has signed to play with the University of Alabama, where he will study business. 

A catcher, Harris completed the regular season with a .324 batting average, which included 19 runs, seven doubles, three home runs, 15 RBI and a stolen base. The sophomore from Tallahassee Chiles had a .982 fielding percentage, committing only four errors in 224 chances, including a double play. He has signed with Valdosta State University, where he plans to study computer science. 

Rhodes, a sophomore outfielder from Fayetteville, Ga., was an offensive contributor with a .296 batting average for the season. Scoring 27 runs on 34 hits, Rhodes logged six doubles, a triple, six home runs and 24 RBI for the season. Defensively, Rhodes had a .981 fielding percentage, with 52 put outs in 54 chances and only one error for the season. He has signed with Coastal Carolina University, where he plans to study business. 

Williams started 12 of the 13 games in which he pitched. He had a 6-3 record, with a 3.78 ERA. Averaging 8.23 strikeouts per game, the Nease High School graduate yielded a .957 fielding percentage and committed only one error for the season. He has signed to play for Valdosta State University, where he plans to study business.