(Middle) Coach of the Year Jeremy Kennedy. (Right) Cody Gray Pitcher of the Year. (Left) Keivan Berges (Player of the Year)
The Sun Conference Player of the Year award went to Northwood’s Keivan Berges. The sophomore designated hitter is the first Seahawk to claim the honor since 2009 when Oscar DePablos took home the accolade. Berges led the Seahawks to the first regular season championship in program history, hitting .354 with 67 hits, 19 doubles, 14 home runs and 67 RBIs. Berges scored 39 times and drew 25 walks, posting a slugging percentage of .688 and an on-base percentage of .431. Berges ranks in the top 10 nationally in four offensive categories, including fourth in RBIs (67) and RBIs per game (1.4).
Northwood’s Cody Gray claimed league Pitcher of the Year honors. The senior from Glendale, Ariz. finished the 2015 regular season with an 8-2 record and 1.64 ERA in 11 starts. Gray posted one complete game and two combined shutouts in 77.0 innings, striking out 90 batters and allowing just a .179 batting average against. Gray was the league’s Pitcher of the Week on three separate occasions.
Jeremy Kennedy of Northwood was selected as the Rick Smoliak Coach of the Year award recipient. Kennedy led his team to their first regular season league title in program history with a 22-5 conference mark. The Seahawks went 39-10 overall and are currently ranked No. 4 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Poll.