Dercks Named to the ABCA All-Midwest Region 1st Team
Saturday, May 26, 2012
ROCKFORD, Ill. – Senior shortstop Jimmy Dercks (Kaukauna, Wis./Kaukauna) continues to pile up postseason recognition as he was named to the annual American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Midwest Region Team.
Dercks put together a very impressive 2012 season garnering him postseason recognition from three separate organizations, with his most recent honor being named to the ABCA All-Midwest Region 1st Team. Previously, Dercks was named 1st Team All-NAC for the second consecutive season, becoming only the second Regent baseball player to be named to the 1st team in consecutive seasons. Dercks followed that up his NAC honor later in the week being selected on the D3baseball.com 1st Team All-Midwest Region Team in its inaugural season.
The shortstop had a stellar four-year career in Regent uniform capped off with exceptional final season. His .513 on-base percentage was tops in the NAC and his .430 batting average was second in conference only behind, at that time, the NCAA Division III leader. Dercks’ .608 slugging percentage was also second in the NAC, and he was the only player in the conference to have a batting average over .400, an on-base percentage over .500 and a slugging percentage over .600. His 23 walks to just 7 strikeouts as the Rockford leadoff hitter were best in the NAC of any player with at least 15 walks. Dercks finished his career as the all-time assist leader at Rockford College with 457 assists; as well as, the all-time hits leader with 228. His 228 hits also gives him the second most hits in a career in the Northern Athletics Conference just 2 hits behind the career leader despite having 34 fewer at bats.
The Rockford College baseball team finished its 2012 campaign with a 23-18 overall record and a 17-5 NAC record. Rockford’s second place finish in the conference also secured the team a berth in the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament for the fifth time in the six years since the NAC was formed for the 2007 season.