In a piece of news that should surprise exactly no one, former Staunton first baseman Andrew Czech has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year and first team All-Conference at first base.
It’s Czech’s second POY trophy, and third time he earned a postseason honor from the league; he was POY and first team in 2019, and second team in 2018.
His stats are something you would expect to see in a video game. In 131 at-bats in 2021, he hit .374/.559/.832, with 50 runs scored (in 41 games), nine doubles, 17 home runs, 47 RBIs, and 51 walks against only 17 strikeouts. Unreal. In 2019, in 51 games and 175 at-bats, he hit .417/.538/.823, with 58 runs scored, 18 doubles, 17 home runs, 63 RBIs, and a 44/13 BB/K ratio. In 2018, in his first year as a regular, Czech hit .368/.493/.737 in 171 at-bats, with 55 runs scored, 18 doubles, 15 home runs, 52 RBIs, and 36 walks against 23 strikeouts.
So, putting it all together: in 156 career college games, he batted 489 times, scored 166 runs, drove in 164, and hit 45 doubles, a triple, and 49 home runs. Here’s the amazing part, though- he walked 135 times and struck out only 56 times. Wow. I think someone deserves to go into the Walsh University Hall of Fame.
Oh, and by the way, for Staunton in 2019? In 40 games and 157 at-bats, he hit .344/.453/.611, with 31 runs, 47 RBIs, 15 doubles, nine home runs, and 30 walks against 23 K’s. He was the league’s 3rd best hitter, according to ATVL.
Congratulations on an excellent career!