Baseball's Jordon Fairchild And Mason Opple Claim All-Region Honors

Jordon Fairchild and Mason Opple pose for portraits By Alan Babbitt

Hope College baseball players Jordon Fairchild and Mason Opple have received all-region honors for their play during the 2019 season.

Fairchild is a third-team second baseman in the Mideast Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings.

Opple is a third-team outfielder in the Mideast Region by d3baseball.com.

Both players helped the Flying Dutchmen reach the 30-win mark for the first time in team history and finish with a 31-11 overall record. Hope placed runner-up in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season standings and the league tournament.

Fairchild batted leadoff and slugged a MIAA-leading 10 home runs this season. The senior from Muskegon, Michigan (Oakridge HS) came within one home run of matching the school record.

Fairchild collected a team-record 51 runs scored and a career-high 32 runs batted in as a senior. He hit .331 in 41 games.

Opple recorded a career-high 48 runs batted in this season while reaching the 50-hit mark for the third consecutive season. The junior from Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) batted cleanup and started 42 games in right field.

Opple tied the team record for career runs batted in with 119. His 162 career hits are fifth-most in team history and 15 off from the team record.

Both Opple and Fairchild were All-MIAA First Team selections.

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