May 12 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany sophomore centerfielder Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, PA/McKeesport) was named Second Team All-PAC when the league office announced the all-conference teams Tuesday.
Dillinger started all 36 games for the Bison and put up big numbers at the plate. For the season, he had an overall batting average of .360, which was the second highest on the team. He also led in nearly every category for Bethany, including; slugging percentage (.475), runs scored (27), hits (50), doubles (9), and triples (2).
Batting in the leadoff spot, Dillinger made a habit of getting on base. He reached at least once in 32 of the 36 games this year and finished the season with a 14-game hitting streak.
Although the team struggled through injuries and lack of experience all year, Dillinger helped lead them with not only his bat but his glove as well. He earned a fielding average of .977 after committing only two errors and recording 82 putouts, which was third-highest on the team.
One of Dillinger’s best performances on the year came in a 6-4 win over PAC foe Westminster April 18. He went 3-for-5 and scored two runs to help the Bison claim their first conference victory of the season. The next day against the Titans, Dillinger went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs, including the game-winner on an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth of BC’s 14-13 victory.
“I really felt Tyler was deserving of First Team, but was happy to see him get recognized for the season he had,” said Bethany head coach Rick Carver. “One of the things that make it special is that it recognizes the amount of improvement he made from his freshman to sophomore year. Tyler has already been named a team captain for next year, so we will be looking to him for his leadership as well as his talent.”
Tyler, a secondary education major, is the son of George Dillinger of McKeesport, Pa.