FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The American Baseball Coaches Association has named 2015 Fayetteville SwampDogs infielder Branden Boggetto (Jr./Southeast Missouri) to the ABCA/Rawlings All-South Second Team, the association announced Wednesday.
Boggetto played in 44 games for the SwampDogs this summer, leading the team with 14 doubles and finishing second with 26 runs batted in. He displayed a good eye at the plate, leading the team with 20 walks to go with his .286 batting average.
“Branden was a tremendous player for us this year,” said SwampDogs general manager Jeremy Aagard. “When we needed a big hit this year, Branden was the guy who we could count on to deliver. But not only was he a great competitor on the field, but he did a great job of being a leader off the field as well.”
He played mostly second base and shortstop for the SwampDogs, and made a handful of starts at designated hitter as well.
With the Southeast Missouri RedHawks in the spring, Boggetto hit .318 and led the offensive powerhouse with 77 hits, 23 doubles, 13 home runs, and 61 RBIs in 59 games.
The ABCA/Rawlings teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Division I All-America Committee.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 16th season playing in the Coastal Plain League. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the Petitt Cup Playoffs eight times in the past 11 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 90 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball including slugger Mark Reynolds and David Aardsma. For more information on the Fayetteville SwampDogs, visit their team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs and like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 81 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.