Cressley, Johnston garner All-AMCC honors

(Left to Right): Aaron Cressley, Kody Johnston

BRADFORD, Pa. - The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference announced is 2014 All-Conference baseball teams today, as selected by the league’s nine head coaches.

Pitt-Bradford (20-15, 9-7) had two players recognized, as junior Aaron Cressley and junior Kody Johnston each grabbed second team honors.

Cressley, the preseason No. 3 ranked Division III prospect in the country, received the second team honor for his efforts on the mound this season. Cressley led the Panthers with 52.1 innings pitched this year and compiled a 5-4 record.

His 2.75 ERA was good for second among the starting rotation and he started in all nine of his appearances with three complete games thrown. For the year, he allowed 25 runs, only 16 earned, on 42 hits and fanned a team-high 76 batters.

Cressley finished the year ranked first in the AMCC and second in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings with 12.82. He trailed only Alvernia University’s Mike Weinhold (13.04) by 0.22 for the nation’s top spot.

Johnston enjoyed a stellar season both behind the plate and in the batter’s box for the Panthers. The accolade he received for his play behind the plate was no coincidence as he ended the year with a .988 fielding percentage.

He started all 34 games he appeared in and was responsible for 13 assists and 157 putouts, good for second on the squad.

While at the plate, he tallied a .302 batting average and recorded 32 hits in 106 appearances with 22 runs scored. He finished with 11 doubles, one home run and drove in 15 runs. His .434 slugging percentage was enough for second on the team.