Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The Williams Baptist College baseball team had three players receive honors from the American Midwest Conference. Thirteen Eagles received honors for their academic success and on-field performances.
Ryan Shelton (SR/Brentwood, Tenn.) was honored as a First Team All-Conference selection as an outfielder. Shelton led the team this season with a .375 average. Shelton also led the team in runs scored (37), hits (63), tied for the team lead in RBIs (29), and stolen bases (11).
Braxton Rhodes (SO/Fayette, Ala.) received accolades as a Second Team All-Conference selection. A two-way player, Rhodes hit .333 this season with eight doubles, 25 RBIs and seven stolen bases. Rhodes also finished with a team-high 7-5 record on the mound with a 4.06 ERA, which was the best earned run average by a WBC starting pitcher in 2016.
Catcher Tanner Murray (SR/Piggott, Ark.) was also honored as a Second Team All-Conference performer. Murray hit .316 this season with nine doubles, two home runs, 13 RBIs and two stolen bases. He also posted a .993 fielding percentage.
Twelve athletes were also recognized as members of the Academic All-Conference team. To qualify for this award, a player must carry a 3.0 grade point average and have been at the respective institution for a year. Alex Camp (SO/Jonesboro, Ark.), Tyler Cole (FR/Jonesboro, Ark.), Ryan Cupp (JR/Paragould, Ark.), Dalton Freshour (JR/West Plains, Mo.), Brad Gilliam (SO/Greenwood, Ark.), Seth Hart (JR/Sedgwick, Ark. ), Morgan Hawley (JR/Marmaduke, Ark.), Tanner Murray, Dalton Nilges (JR/Bourbon, Mo.), Brennan Pugh (SR/Houston, Miss.), Braxton Rhodes and Nick Scott (JR/Jacksonville, Fla.) received the Academic All-Conference honors.
The WBC baseball team finished with a record of 22-29 this season and a 12-14 record in conference play. The Eagles finished in sixth place this season in conference and won the most games in the regular season since 2001.