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Five Braves receive all-Valley honors

Photo courtesy Josh Schwam/Bradley Athletics.

Seniors Dan Bolt and Brendan Dougherty and sophomore Connor O’Brien received the honors after leading the Braves to a 12-10 record in conference play. Bolt led the team with nine home runs while O’Brien and Dougherty paced the team in batting average, with marks of .367 and .338, respectively. 

All three players had been recognized by the conference at prior points in their careers, with O’Brien becoming the first Brave to be named to the first team twice since Greg Partyka in 2013 and 2014. 

Also receiving all-conference honors were junior pitcher Matt Hamilton, a second-team honoree, and redshirt junior reliever Theron Denlinger, an honorable mention. 

Hamilton has not lost a decision in six MVC starts, going 4-0 with a 2.87 ERA. Meanwhile, six of Denlinger’s 13 career saves came in 2021. 

For the sixth time in program history, Bradley baseball saw three players named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference first team prior to this week’s MVC tournament.

Seniors Dan Bolt and Brendan Dougherty and sophomore Connor O’Brien received the honors after leading the Braves to a 12-10 record in conference play. Bolt led the team with nine home runs while O’Brien and Dougherty paced the team in batting average, with marks of .367 and .338, respectively. 

All three players had been recognized by the conference at prior points in their careers, with O’Brien becoming the first Brave to be named to the first team twice since Greg Partyka in 2013 and 2014. 

Also receiving all-conference honors were junior pitcher Matt Hamilton, a second-team honoree, and redshirt junior reliever Theron Denlinger, an honorable mention. 

Hamilton has not lost a decision in six MVC starts, going 4-0 with a 2.87 ERA. Meanwhile, six of Denlinger’s 13 career saves came in 2021. 

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