Cumberland senior Rayden Sierra earned First Team All-America honors this week, as selected by the NAIA Baseball All-America committee and announced this week by the national office following the conclusion of the Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
Sierra earns the 69th All-America honor in Cumberland history and becomes the 60th different player to garner All-America accolades under head coach Woody Hunt.
The Andres Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, native started the season slowly at the plate but finished with a flourish, batting .350 overall in 55 games with 16 doubles, 22 home runs, 54 RBIs and 63 runs scored. He ended the year ranked second nationally in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage (.773), seventh in total bases (157) and 34th in runs scored.
He led the Phoenix in batting average, doubles, home runs, RBIs and runs scored this season, posting a team-best 71 hits while drawing 31 walks, second most for CU. Sierra batted .408 (51-for-125) with 13 doubles, 15 homers, 39 RBIs, 43 runs scored, 19 walks and just 13 strikeouts over the last 35 games of the season, posting an .888 slugging percentage during that stretch.