FERRUM, Va. -- The American Baseball Coaches Association has named its 2019 Division III All-Region Teams and Ferrum College's Tim Ortega has been included as a second team selection in the South Region.
Christopher Newport University senior shortstop Nick DiNapoli was named the South Region Player of the Year, while Randolph-Macon College senior Nich Roth earned South Region Pitcher of the Year honors.
A junior catcher from Bluffton, South Carolina, Ortega batted .396 this season with 16 doubles, a triple, seven home runs for the Panthers. He led the team with 43 RBI, and finished the season with a .464 on-base percentage and a .649 slugging percentage. This is Ortega's first All-Region honor.
Ortega's career honors include USA South All-Conference second team and Academic All-Conference in 2017, Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Week and D3baseball.com Team of the Week once each this season in March, and All-ODAC first team.
The 2018-19 school year was Ferrum's first year in the ODAC after competing the previous 30 years in the USA South. Ferrum finished the 2019 baseball season with a 22-18 overall record and tied for third in the ODAC with a 13-9 record in league play. The Panthers are led by Head Coach Ryan Brittle, who just completed his sixth season at the helm of the Panther baseball program.