The accolades continue to roll in for Trey Martin.
After finishing his senior season at Wheaton College, Martin has been named the Central Region Player of the Year by D3baseball.com.
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This latest award is added to the growing list for Martin, who split time between first base and the pitching mound for the Thunder. Martin began the year as a preseason All-American and finishes it with the D3Baseball.com award as well as being named the CCIW Pitcher of the year. He was also named to the first-team all-conference and all-region.
"I really was surprised," Martin said. "I wasn't aware of how other players were doing, I wasn't keeping tabs on that. I was definitely surprised."
Part of Martin's surprise comes from how he felt about his play. Martin said he was inconsistent throughout the year, going on runs of strong pitching or solid plate appearances but never putting it all together.
Martin's "inconsistent" play included a stretch on the mound of 29 consecutive scoreless innings. He also hit .336 on the season with a slugging percentage of .550. Making the senior's performance even more impressive is it came following a 2013 season in which he missed nearly the entire year due to injury.
Martin, whose actual name is J.C., is the grandson of former Chicago Cubs and White Sox catcher J.C. Martin. The graduating senior is now looking to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. Martin will attempt to play professional baseball with either an indipendent league team or a minor-league affiliate of a Major League Baseball team.
"I'm going to keep throwing and just kind of stay in shape and hopefully get some kind of opportunity to play professionally," Martin said.
The Cardinals softball team fell short of advancing past the NCAA Super Regional championships. Despite hosting the three-game series against St. Thomas, North Central fell two games to one.
After losing Game 1, the Cardinals won Game 2 handily, 12-2. The team seemed to pick up where it left off in Game 3, going ahead 4-1. But North Central fell apart, eventually losing 10-4.
North Central finished its season 33-13 with the regional title.