Coach Kevin Ritsche of Winston-Salem State and junior Cole Parks were honored by the Black College Nines website for outstanding seasons.
Ritsche, who guided the Rams these past nine seasons, was named the winner of the Black Nines Dedication Award, and Parks was a first-team selection for the small school division on the Black College Nines’ Elite Team.
The WSSU baseball program, which is being eliminated for financial reasons after nine seasons, went 35-16 this past season playing as an independent. The CIAA dropped sponsorship of baseball two years ago forcing the Rams to be an independent team for their last two seasons.
Ritsche, who went 319-169 and won six CIAA titles, was honored with his award for his effort in building the program into one of the top Division II pro-grams in the state. He averaged 30 wins a season over his nine seasons.
The Rams also closed its program on a winning note by taking home the title in the Independent Baseball Championship earlier this month in Marion.
"It's nice to be recognized but it was only possible with help of my assistant coaches (Rob Woodall, Tyler Rost, Enad Haddad and Keith Ritsche) as well as all the players and parents that built our culture and tradition of winning," Ritsche said.
Parks, who went 12-2 to set the school record for most wins in a season, also had 104 strikeouts to set another school record. He also hit .385 with six home runs and 34 RBI’s.