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Former Knights trio excelling on field and classroom

Salzman, Gentili and Quintero selected to Academic All-American baseball teams.

May 17, 2012|By Andrew Shortall and Charles Rich

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Garrett Salzman (St. Francis High, 2008) senior catcher, Macalester College baseball: Salzman proved he could handle the workload not only on the field, but in the classroom as well. The biology major registered a 3.88 grade-point average this academic year and earned a spot on the District 6 Academic All-District Baseball Team at the NCAA Division III level.

The accolade is awarded to the country's top student-athletes for their combined work with studies and athletics. All first-team honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-American team ballot, which will be unveiled in late May.

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Salzman came close to his grade-point average with his batting average on the diamond, as he hit .306 (34 for 111) with one home run and 19 runs batted in. He also collected five doubles in 39 contests for Macalester, which finished 19-20 and 9-11 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Nick Gentili (St. Francis High, 2009) junior infielder/outfielder, Pomona-Pitzer baseball: Gentili had the work he puts in on and off the field recognized, as he was selected to the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team.

Gentili was one of five Pomona-Pitzer players to receive the recognition. Academically, the mathematical economics major, who sports a 3.62 grade-point average, was named to the District 8 Academic All-District Baseball Team at the NCAA Division III level.

While the Sagehens (25-12-1, 19-9 in conference for second place) missed out on the playoffs after finishing the season on a 13-2 run, Gentili once again proved to be a key player.

In 38 games, Gentili led Pomona-Pitzer with a .401 average (59 for 147) with seven home runs and 41 runs batted in. He led the team in runs scored (55) and doubles (16). Gentili finished the season second in the nation in runs scored, in addition to reaching base 36 times via walks or hit-by-pitches and only striking out nine times.

Gentili was also a boon defensively for Pomona-Pitzer, registering a tidy .987 fielding percentage.

Matt Quintero (St. Francis High, 2008) senior catcher, San Francisco State baseball: Quintero has proven to be a model student-athlete for the Gators. In the classroom, the kinesiology major, sports a 3.36 grade-point average.

For his academic achievements, Quintero earned a spot on the District 8 Academic All-District Baseball Team at the NCAA Division II level.

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