KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Heart of America Athletic Conference released the annual All-Heart Baseball Team on Sunday and the Raven Baseball team placed four members of the team on the all-conference squad headlined by Heart Player of the Year Matthew Jarecki.
In addition to his Player of the Year honor, Jarecki was named a first-team outfielder. He was joined on the first team by third baseman Michael Slaten while first baseman Rocky DeSantis and outfielder Logan Finley were named to the second team.
Jarecki entered the 2017 Heart Baseball Championship ranked third in the NAIA in both home runs and slugging. He was fifth in total bases, sixth in total runs and ninth in both home runs per game and total bases per game while also ranking 10th in runs per game.
He finished the regular season with a .429 batting average with a .876 slugging. After four games in the tournament, he finishes the season with a .420 average, an .850 slugging and a new single-season program record of 21 home runs. He led the team with 65 RBIs while hitting a team high 14 doubles.
Slaten finishes his first year with the Ravens as the teams' second leading hitter. After the Heart Championship he finished with a .380 average, a .737 slugging percentage, 14 home runs, 13 doubles and 23 stolen bases.
DeSantis finishes the year with a .322 average. He was third on the team with 12 home runs this year while he tied for second with Slaten with 52 RBIs. In addition to his second-team honors, DeSantis was also awarded the Rawlings Gold Glove for the Heart at first base. In 50 regular season games, he recorded a .989 fielding percentage with 324 putouts and 27 assists in 355 chances. His putout total puts him at third on the Ravens single-season list behind Jeff McClafferty (2009) and Chris Johnson (2016).
Finley finished fourth on the team in batting average at .354. He finishes the year with 43 RBIs off five home runs, five doubles and a team-high four triples.
The Ravens finished the season at 35-22 under second year head coach Anthony Everman. The overall record was the program's best total since a 37-win season in 2006 and their fourth-place finish in the Heart Championship ties for their best result under the current format with the 2015 season.