Senior Joe Hall (Gladys, Va./Rustburg) has been named to the District V Academic All-District Team, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He is now eligible for CoSIDA's Academic All-America voting.
One of the best hitters in Eastern Mennonite history, Hall owns a 3.61 GPA with a major of recreation leadership and sports studies. He is a career .400 hitter, including a career best .447 clip this season. Hall won the ODAC Batting Title in 2015 when he hit .423. The speedy infielder/outfielder stole 25 bases this year to break Maven Huffman's EMU record of 24 steals in a season. Hall set career highs across the board in his final campaign, with 71 hits (one shy of the EMU record), 40 runs, 32 RBIs, eight doubles, four triples and the first three homeruns of his career. He also had a 2-0 record in 8.1 innings a pitcher.
He led the nation with his 71 hits during the regular season, and was also the toughest batter to strikeout in all of D-III, fanning just twice in 159 at-bats.
In the classroom, Hall is a regular on EMU's Dean's List, the ODAC All-Academic Team and Royals All-Academic Team. He holds minors in business administration and psychology.
Fifth-year coach Ben Spotts said that Hall set the bar high for future Royals.
"Joe has been instrumental in our success both on and off the field over the last four years," Spotts explained about one of his first recruits to EMU. "He has helped to change the culture in our program. Joe has consistently performed at a high level academically and continues to prove that you can produce at a high level both on the field and in the classroom."
The criteria for the All-District program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve and claim a GPA of at least 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. Eastern Mennonite is a member of District 5, which includes players from NCAA D-III institutions in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Hall was one of only three men from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference honored on the 12-man team from District 5.
Eastern Mennonite finished the 2017 season with a record of 19-20, the second-most wins for any EMU team since 2002.