Pioneers TJ Dixon, Nick Walker Named Freshman All-Americans
Robbie KnopfSunday, September 16, 2012 | Categories:
TJ Dixon and Nick Walker, the Elmira Pioneers' two leading hitters to begin 2014, have been named Freshman All-Americans by Louisville Slugger for their performances at Samford and Old Dominion respectively during the regular season.
Dixon, a centerfielder both for Samford and the Pioneers, started for the Bulldogs from the first game of the season and finished with impressive numbers. He hit .260 with a perfect 19 of 19 in stolen base attempts, a team-leading 41 walks, and a .399 on-base percentage that was second on the team. He also stood out for his defense, fielding .974 with two outfield assists. Pioneers fans have already witnessed just how dynamic Dixon can be, and it is exciting to see him get acknowledged for his regular season work as well.
Walker, meanwhile, was selected to the All-Freshman team as an outfielder but has played the middle infield positions in Elmira. Walker did play both second base and the outfield for Old Dominion, and he excelled at the plate wherever he played. Walker led the Monarchs in batting average (.319), on-base percentage (.393), and stolen bases (16), also drilling 11 doubles and 4 home runs. For his efforts, he was not only a Freshman All-American but also the only freshman to be All-Conference USA. Walker joins a list of Old Dominion Freshman All-Americans that includes current major league pitchers Justin Verlander and Dan Hudson.
Pioneers fans, see Dixon, Walker, and all the talent on this year's Elmira Pioneers roster at the team’s next home game, tonight at 7:05 PM against the Newark Pilots. The Pioneers will also be taking on the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs on Thursday and the Syracuse Salt Cats on Friday, both at 7:05 PM as well. Great seats are available for all the games if you go to the Dunn Field Office at 546 Luce Street or call 607-734-2690.
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