Dec. 16 WBB vs. Hiram (L, 69-64); Dec. 17 MBB vs. St. John Fisher (L, 79-70); Dec. 31 MBB vs. Ohio Northern (1:00 p.m.)
BETHANY’S LEASURE EARNS FIRST TEAM ALL-PAC
BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College sophomore Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/Monroe Central) was named First Team All-PAC by the coaches of the conference Monday.
Leasure earned his spot on First Team at the Utility position. He played to that label through the year, as the 6’0” sophomore saw time at four different positions, including first base, outfield, catcher and designated hitter.
In receiving the first all-conference accolade of his career, Leasure led BC in eight different offensive categories. He was tied for the top spot in batting average (.359) and doubles (10) with junior Milton Joyner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Westinghouse) and posted club-highs in home runs, RBIs (34), walks (20), sacrifice flies (4), on-base percentage (.439) and slugging percentage (.618).
Leasure’s eight home runs on the season, which included two bombs as part of a 4-for-5, three-RBI effort in a win over Saint Vincent April 12, are the second-most by a Bison in one season behind only J.B. Burge’s nine long balls in 1996. It also gives him 14 in his two-year career, which is third on the school’s all-time home run list behind only Steve Opfermann (15) and Scott Deunger and Aaron Meadows (18).
“Chris is very deserving of this honor,” said Bethany head coach Rick Carver. “He picked up his game and especially showed more discipline in the second half of the season.”
Although he has established himself as one of the top sluggers in the league, Leasure is also strong with the glove. Despite playing all over the field, he recorded a .991 fielding percentage in 109 total chances. For Carver, those numbers are truly why Leasure was recognized by the conference.
“Obviously Chris is a feared hitter with eight home runs and leading us in RBIs,” said Carver. “But I really feel he earned it with his defense. He played four different positions and made one error all season, which came in the last game of the season. That’s what qualified him for All-PAC in my mind.”
A physical education major, Chris is the son of Merle and Sandy Leasure of Stafford, Ohio.