NEWS | Claycamp, Bixler Collect D3Baseball All-Region Honors

Sam Claycamp (left) and Ryan Bixler
Photos: Josh Moczygemba and Dustin Wyatt
Sam Claycamp (left) and Ryan Bixler Photos: Josh Moczygemba and Dustin Wyatt

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin College senior shortstop Sam Claycamp and junior outfielder Ryan Bixler have been dubbed All-Mideast Region by D3Baseball.com, with the website announcing its list of regional teams on Thursday (May 23) afternoon.

Claycamp earns his first career all-region nod, earning the shortstop spot on the Mideast Region Second Team. Bixler becomes a two-time All-Mideast Region selection, picking up Third Team accolades.

Claycamp enjoyed a career year on the diamond, leading the Grizzlies with a .400 batting average, 68 hits and 17 doubles while belting four home runs and driving in 48 runs. His .495 on-base percentage ranked second on the team and his 47 runs scored positioned him third on the roster.

The Columbus, Ind.-native adds this accolade to an impressive personal trophy case. In 2019 alone, he has been named First Team All-HCAC, HCAC Tournament MVP and earned a spot on the NCAA Seguin Regional All-Tournament Team after helping Franklin reach the regional final for the first time in program history.

Bixler's second season with the Grizzlies was another successful one, as be batted .307 with team-highs in home runs (10) and RBI (55) to go along with 13 doubles and 52 runs scored. The Logansport, Ind.-native set a new single-season program record with six triples and stole 13 bases while slugging .619 on the year.

A 2018 First Team All-Region selection from D3Baseball, Bixler adds this award to a list of 2019 accomplishments that includes a First Team All-HCAC selection, one HCAC Player of the Week award and a spot alongside Claycamp on the NCAA Seguin Regional All-Tournament Team.