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Baseball - Tue, May 9, 2017

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Red River Athletic Conference released it's All-Tournament team today following one of the more exciting post season tournaments in conference history where eight of the nine games were decided by three runs or less. The Pilots had six selected to the team with Kevin Rosario (SR/Hollywood, Florida) being named the Most Valuable Player and he received the Gold Glove Award for his outstanding defensive plays.

Rosario is best known for his game-winning play that he made in the field on Thursday night to force the if necessary game as he dove up the middle to snag the hot-shot grounder, then he quickly jumped to his feet stepped on second and fired a perfect throw to first.

Jarvis had the bases loaded at that point in a two-run ballgame, had it gotten through, it most likely would have tied the game and there still would have only been one out. But Rosario not only brought his "A-game" in the field but he was pretty proficient at the plate as well as he went 10-for-25 with three doubles and six runs batted in. His RBI-double in the 8th inning last night gave the Pilots the lead.

His counterpart in the middle infield for the Pilots, Ryan Pouwells (JR/Surrey, British Columbia) was also named to the team as the second baseman as he went 7-for-23 with a pair of doubles, four runs batted in and three walks. Pouwells led off the 8th inning last night for the Pilots and delivered the first hit and scored the first run in the 6-run rally.

Kevin VanAsselberg (JR/Alexandria, Louisiana) was one of three centerfielders on the team selected to a spot in the outfield as he was tied for the tournament lead with 10 hits as he went 10-for-15 to lead the tournament with a batting average of .667. He scored seven runs with two doubles, three walks, two stolen bases and drove in four runs.

Beaux Guilbeau (SO/Carthage, Texas) was named as the Designated Hitter as he led all DH's in hits (5), walks (4), runs (5) and runs batted in (5). Guilbeau went 5-for-20 (.250) for the tournament and last night he 2-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch, a walk, a double and had 3 RBIs.

Cade Gibson (FR/Ruston, Louisiana) was one of the two starting pitchers named to the all-conference staff as he pitched his longest outing of the season, eight and 1/3 innings giving the Pilots the pitching performance they needed to for a decisive game in the tournament as he picked up his 6th win of the year. Gibson turned the corner in the 6th inning of that game as Jarvis managed to load the bases with nobody out and he got to pop-ups to Rosario and then induced a groundout to Pouwells to end the threat. In order for a team to win a tournament after falling to the loser's bracket, it takes a pitching performance of the magnitude delivered by Gibson on Sunday night.

Pat Day (JR/Tyler, Texas) was the reliever of the tournament as he locked down two saves and also started a game for the Pilots. He recorded a five-out save against Texas A&M-Texarkana in the opener as he came worked around runners at first and second after an error to get out of the jam. Then he retired the side in order in the bottom of the 9th for his first save of the weekend.

Day got the start in the elimination game against Texarkana and he gave them four solid innings to save a little bit of the bullpen. Last night he pitched the final inning of the tournament and dominated the Bulldogs as he fanned three of the four batters that he faced to secure the Pilots a spot in the Opening Round and help them claim their 10th conference tournament championship.

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