ACCC shortstop is All-American

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Allen County Community College’s Dillon Hazlet (8) turns to make the throw to first for a double play during the 2009 season. Hazlett earned NJCAA All-America honors.

In the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference East Division, there was no better shortstop in 2009. Nor was there better one at that position in all of Region VI (Kansas) in the community college ranks this spring.
So it was no surprise to Allen County Community College baseball fans that sophomore Dillon Hazlett earned national honors recently. The surprise to ACCC head baseball coach Val McLean was that his two-year starting shortstop was named to the 2009 NJCAA Second Team All-America Team.
Hazlett received the national honor from the National Junior College Athletic Association last week. Hazlett will play next year for the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The All-America honor capped a postseason for Hazlett in which he earned All-Jayhawk Eastern Division first team honors, All-Region VI first team honors as shortstop. He was named the Jayhawk East Most Valuable Player for the 2009 season.
Hazlett was the Jayhawk East 2008 Freshman of the Year. He earned second-team all conference honors that season.
Hazlett is the first All-American for the ACCC baseball program since Kevin Farmer, an outfielder, was named to the NJCAA All-America First Team in 2000. He is the 10th All-American in ACCC history and the third ACCC shortstop to earn national honors.
Hazlett’s fielding percentage for the 2009 season was .940. He had 14 errors in 50 games.
Hazlett also led the Red Devils on offense. He hit .470 with 12 home runs, which was second on the team. He came up one shy of tying the ACCC season triple mark with six. He had 13 doubles.
For the second straight season, Hazlett was atop the stolen base list for Allen County. He had 35 in 37 attempts in 2009. That was on the heels of a team-leading 24 stolen bases his freshman year. Hazlett drove in 53 runs while scoring 59 runs.
Hazlett is from Topeka.
Allen County’s baseball team finished third in the Jayhawk East at 25-11 in 2009. The Red Devils were 33-17 overall.
Also landing on the All-Jayhawk East first team were sophomores Seth Dutton at first base and Jake Hosey as a pitcher. Sophomore pitcher Brandon Faulkner, from Yates Center, earned second team all-conference honors.
Dutton hit .399 right behind Hazlett for the season. Dutton had eight home runs and 59 RBIs. He had 16 doubles, which led the team, and scored 44 runs.
Hosey was Allen County’s ace with an 11-1 record as a starter. He had a 3.13 earned run average. He struck out 82 batters and walked 22.
Faulkner was the Red Devils’ No. 2 pitcher at 7-4. He had an ERA of 3.35. He fanned 73 batters and only issued 17 walks.
Dutton, from Tulsa, Okla, and Hosey, who is from Topeka, earned All-Region VI second-team honors.

ACCC SOFTBALL players received conference and regional honors for the 2009 season.
Sophomore shortstop Dana Stephenson of Alta Vista was named to the All-Region VI, Division II, District E first team. Sophomore third baseman Whitney Sullivan of Mulvane and freshman outfielder Terra Woods of Humboldt received second-team recognition.
Stephenson earned All-Jayhawk Eastern Division second-team honors. She led the Red Devil softball team at the plate with a .477 batting average. She had 13 triples and drove in a team-leading 47 runs.
Stephenson led the ACCC team in stolen bases with 50 in 60 attempts. She scored 56 runs.
Sullivan played third base and pitched for Allen County. She hit .321 with 28 RBIs and had 61 hits. Sullivan was 8-7 pitching with a 5.23 ERA.
Woods played center field and some at second base. Woods hit at a .315 clip with 52 hits. She scored 38 runs and drove in 28 runs.
Allen County’s softball team was 29-30 overall and 15-11 in Jayhawk Eastern Division play.