WINTERVILLE—Before the fly balls, grounders, curveballs and cuts in the batting cage, there was a little pomp and circumstance at the start of Tuesday afternoon's baseball practice at Pitt Community College.
Coach Tommy Eason, after gathering his players outside the home dugout at Minges-Overton Baseball Complex, presented an award to sophomore Trevor Denton, igniting a smile on the player's face every bit as radiant as the shiny gold catcher's mitt he'd just been handed.
At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Denton was selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association and NJCAA as one of nine Division I ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients. The award arrived on campus last week.
As a freshman out of Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Va., Denton recorded a perfect, 1.000 fielding percentage in his first season as a Bulldog catcher. In 23 games, he finished with 117 total chances, recording 103 putouts and 14 assists, and threw out eight of the 22 base runners who attempted to steal on him.
"Coming into Pitt Community College, Trevor was converted to a catcher, after playing third base in high school," Eason said. "By the end of fall practice, he had solidified himself as a good catcher, but no one would ever guessed he would go on to become the Gold Glove winner for NJCAA Division I baseball. We are very proud of his accomplishment."
Denton is the second player from PCC to win a Gold Glove in the past five years. First baseman Trey Holmes won the award in 2010, after helping lead the Bulldogs to the NJCAA Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
To be eligible for a Gold Glove Award, which honors outstanding defensive play, Denton and his fellow recipients were nominated by their respective NJCAA regions. PCC finished the 2015 campaign with a 34-13 overall record.