All-Northwest: Baseball player of the year helped score title win

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Jack Roberts of St. John's was The Current's baseball player of the year. (Brian Kapur/The Current/April 2017)
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Jack Roberts led St. John’s to its fourth straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title last month — and his strong season earned him the title of Northwest Player of the Year.

“He’s going to be ecstatic,” said St. John’s coach Mark Gibbs (Roberts was traveling abroad during the selection process.) “Any time you are honored with player of the year is exciting. It’s a fantastic honor.”

The shortstop and right-handed pitcher posted a batting average of .337, launched five home runs, had 26 RBIs and netted a 1.074 OPS.

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Meanwhile, Roberts was an ace on the mound with a 3-0 record, four saves and a minuscule 0.64 ERA.

“He worked really hard over the summer and the fall to get better and faster at shortstop,” said Gibbs. “Offensively his game really came along. He made a very good progression for a high school baseball player.”

Roberts will be playing for Elon University next spring.

• Billy Conte, Burke
The Bengals star and Potomac Valley Athletic Conference first-teamer helped the squad upset Field in the conference playoffs and make a deep playoff run.

• Cooper Jensen, Field
Jensen, a first-team all-PVAC selection, will play for Macalester College next year. The shortstop had a batting average of .542 on the season.

• Andrew Rabinowitz, Sidwell
The junior catcher was an All-Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference selection with a batting average of .356, 12 stolen bases and only six strikeouts all season.

• Josh Herring, Maret
The Frogs’ ace helped propel Maret into the MAC title game earlier this spring. The pitcher had a 1.88 ERA and will play for Tufts University.

Clark Klitenic of St. Albans made a big impact on the diamond this year. (Brian Kapur/The Current/March 2017)

• Miles Reid, Maret
The junior led the Frogs with a .431 batting average and is considered a Division I prospect. Reid played a key role in the team’s run to the MAC title game.

• Jaren Zinn, Georgetown Day
The Hoppers center fielder, who will be suiting up for Harvard next spring, was one of the top players in the MAC this year.

• Clark Klitenic, St. Albans
The sophomore pitcher was a standout throughout the 2017 campaign and was a major reason the Bulldogs captured the Interstate Athletic Association crown this spring.

• Matthew Dulaney, School Without Walls
The Penguins catcher was lauded by the polled opposing coaches, who highlighted his ability behind the dish while making plays for Walls.

Gonzaga’s Will Thomas made The Current’s All-Northwest roster. (photo by Cory F. Royster Photography)

• Will Thomas, Gonzaga
The All-WCAC first-team pitcher makes the list on the strength of a stellar season, which he capped off with a dominant performance in the D.C. State Athletic Association title game.

• Tommy McGee, Gonzaga
The All-WCAC second-team infielder earns a spot on the team for his strong batting and defensive prowess.

• Kyle Johnson, St. John’s
The Cadets outfielder was a first-team All-WCAC selection and helped the team repeat as conference champions.

• Zachary Jordan, Wilson
Jordan batted .389 with 21 hits for the Tigers during their run to the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title.

• Willem Bouma, Wilson
Bouma was the Tigers’ ace on the mound as the team rolled to its 25th straight DCIAA championship.

This article has been updated to correct the name of Matthew Dulaney.