HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford College junior shortstop Will Karp has been named to the 2019 Mid-Atlantic ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Third Team, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced in a release on Tuesday afternoon.
Karp, who will play wood-bat baseball in the Coastal Plains League with the Fayetteville SwampDogs this summer, becomes the first ABCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree from Haverford since Ethan Lee-Tyson and Ben Furlong each picked up the designation after the 2017 campaign.
This spring, Karp became the first Centennial Conference player to earn the Centennial Conference Gold Glove of the Year award twice since its inauguration in 2015. Karp added a breakout season offensively to his highlight-stuffed defensive resume as he hit recorded an impressive .403/.459/.545 slash line from the leadoff spot in Centennial Conference games this season. Proving to be a nearly unstoppable force on the basepaths, Karp paced the Centennial as he tallied 17 stolen bases in just 18 attempts against conference competition.
The Princeton, N.J. native led the Fords offensively in average (.377), on-base percentage (.448), slugging (.490), stolen bases (29), triples (3), and total bases (74). His 29 total steals tied for the fourth-most in the program's single-season history as he tied his 29 from just a season ago. Karp is already fourth in program history in career steals (73) through his three seasons on campus.
Karp has the rare distinction of picking up defensive honors for the second straight season at a new position, as the junior shuffled over to shortstop for the 2019 campaign and picked up where he left off at second base.
The economics major is hopefully to see his name called by the ABCA again next month as the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams for all divisions will be announced Wednesday, June 19.