Baseball: Kiro Named to NEIBA Senior All Star Roster, Brigham Picks Up Regional Honors
Nashua, NH – A pair of Daniel Webster College baseball players have picked up honors from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) as senior pitcher Kory Kiro of Goffstown, N.H. (Goffstown HS) will play one more game, while teammate and rookie Kyle Brigham of Hudson, N.H. (Alvirne HS) has earned third team all-region accolades.
Kiro has been selected to the NEIBA's senior all-star game, which will be played on Monday, June 4th at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. The park is home to the Lowell Spinners, Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Kiro becomes only the second DWC player in program history to earn a nod for the senior showcase, joining Eagle great, former GNAC Player of the Year and Tyngsboro, Mass. native Chris Shanahan in 2006.
"Having Kory Kiro represent Daniel Webster College in the NEIBA all-star game is a tremendous honor," noted Eagle Head Coach J.P. Pyne. "I think it's a very fitting way to punctuate the career of the greatest pitcher in the history of our baseball program."
Kiro, the New England Collegiate Conference "Pitcher of the Year," and a first team all-conference selection, comes off a 5-3 campaign in which he posted a 3.18 ERA in 65 innings, covering 10 starts which include three complete games. Along the way, he struck out a team-best 44 and walked 19.
For his career, Kiro retired as the all-time top pitcher in program history. He finished tops all-time in career wins (20), innings (236), strikeouts (186), appearances (40), starts (35) and complete games (11). He completed his career with a 20-10 overall record and a 3.97 ERA (fifth all time for 25 innings or more).
Moreover, Kiro is the most decorated pitcher in program history. His Pitcher of the Year honor was the first ever for the DWC program and he was awarded three successive first team all-conference selections, also a program first. Kiro was also a co-recipient of the DWC male "Athlete of the Year" award as part of the College's annual athletics awards night, celebrated on May 3rd.
Brigham's selection is another feather in the cap of Pyne and his coaching staff's recruiting efforts. Brigham marks the third success season the DWC program has seen a freshman earn NEIBA all-star honors. Brigham joins junior Darrik Marstaller (Spofford, N.H.) in 2010 and sophomore Korey LeLievre (Hudson, N.H.) in 2011 as previous honorees during their respective rookie campaigns.
"Kyle had an outstanding year for us and is very deserving of this honor," Pyne added. "He has laid the groundwork for an exception career here and we're excited to see him continue to grow as a player."
"It's very rewarding when you identify players that you believe can make an impact on a program, and who can come in and do so right away," Pyne continued. "Recruiting talented student-athletes is the lifeblood of any quality baseball program. It feels very good to have had these players be recognized at the regional level over three straight seasons."
Brigham, a third baseman, the NECC's "Rookie of the Year," and another first-team all-conference selection, started all 42 games at the hot corner posting a .356 average (53-149) with a team-best 13 doubles, four triples, and 74 total bases, while slugging .497 and chipping in with eight stolen bases.
A three-time NECC "Rookie of the Week," Brigham also broke the all-time program record for hits in a season, surpassing Marstaller's 52 set two seasons ago.
As an added note, Marstaller was also named to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic All tournament team this past Sunday, DWC's only representative. Kean University ultimately won the regional advancing to the Division III College World Series.
The Eagles recently complete the most successful campaign in program history, finishing 23-19, setting a new record for wins in a season. DWC captured both the NECC regular season and tournament crowns and went on to its first NCAA regional appearance. The program is in the midst of its most successful run ever, having posted three straight 20-win seasons having posted an overall record of 64-51 (34-17 NECC) which has included two NECC regular season championships, two NECC tournament titles, an NCAA tournament appearance and ECAC tournament appearance.