Kelowna Falcon Cord Cockrell Pitcher of the Year
PORTLAND, OREGON – The 2012 All-West Coast League teams have been announced, along with the league individual awards. The Klamath Falls Gems lead the way with seven players named All-WCL, while the Kelowna Falcons have five players honored.
The league’s 2012 Most Valuable Player is Wenatchee AppleSox third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus (Gonzaga), who led the league with 48 RBIs, while batting .371 with 3 home runs. He helped lead the AppleSox to the WCL Championship, hitting .333 in the post-season with a home run.
Right-hander Cord Cockrell of the Kelowna Falcons is the 2012 Pitcher of the Year. Cockrell (Louisiana-Lafayette), tied for the league lead with 7 victories, while finishing fourth with a sparkling 2.30 ERA.
Wenatchee AppleSox coach Ed Knaggs was named Coach of the Year, while the Cowlitz Black Bears won the Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award. Bellingham Bells general manager Nick Caples was named Executive of the Year.
All-WCL First Team
C – Nathaniel Causey (Arizona State) – Bellingham Bells
1B – Josh Wong (Hawaii-Hilo) – Klamath Falls Gems
2B – Parker Miles (UC-Santa Barbara) – Klamath Falls Gems
3B – Mitchell Gunsolus (Gonzaga) – Wenatchee AppleSox
SS – Alex Rubanowitz (UC-Riverside) – Cowlitz Black Bears
OF – Will Sparks (Washington) – Bend Elks
OF – Kyle Pearson (LSU-Shreveport) – Kelowna Falcons
OF – Derek Atkinson (San Francisco) – Bellingham Bells
Utility – Greg Mahle (UC-Santa Barbara) – Corvallis Knights
SP – Cord Cockrell (Louisiana-Lafayette) – Kelowna Falcons
SP – Adam Gunn (Utah Valley) – Bellingham Bells
SP – Arturo Reyes (Columbia Basin CC) – Walla Walla Sweets
SP – Rob Dittrick (Pacific) – Corvallis Knights
SP – Brandon Marris (Southeastern Oklahoma State) – Kelowna Falcons
RP – Tyler Kane (Washington) – Wenatchee AppleSox
All-WCL Second Team
C – Jerry McClanahan (UC-Irvine) – Kelowna Falcons
1B – Bo Walter (College of San Mateo) – Bend Elks
2B – (Tied) Mark Gallegos (Corban) – Corvallis Knights
Jace Conrad (Louisiana-Lafayette) – Kelowna Falcons
Steven Ventimilia (Hawaii) – Wenatchee AppleSox
3B – Austin Byler (Nevada-Reno) – Klamath Falls Gems
SS – Tanner Nielsen (Campbellsville) – Klamath Falls Gems
OF – Austin Diemer (Cal State-Fullerton) – Cowlitz Black Bears
OF – Greg Velazquez (Cal State-Fullerton) – Klamath Falls Gems
OF – Jarel Lewis (College of Idaho) – Bellingham Bells
Utility – Taylor Sparks (UC-Irvine) – Wenatchee AppleSox
SP – Derek Callahan (Gonzaga) – Wenatchee AppleSox
SP – Cole Irvin (Oregon) – Cowlitz Black Bears
SP – Mitch Merten (UC-Irvine) – Klamath Falls Gems
SP – Darin Gillies (Arizona State) – Bend Elks
SP – Travis Radke (Portland) – Bend Elks
RP – (Tied) Thomas Eshelman (Cal State-Fullerton) – Klamath Falls Gems
Taylor Williams (Mt. Hood CC) – Cowlitz Black Bears
All-WCL Honorable Mention
Bellingham Bells: Andrew Ely, Kai Hatch; Bend Elks: J.R. Bunda, Steven Halcomb, Shawn O’Brien;
Corvallis Knights: Austin Barr, Nate Esposito, Trevor Frank, Dylan Stuart; Kelowna Falcons: Tyler Qualls; Kitsap BlueJackets: Frank Torres; Walla Walla Sweets: Brett Jacobs, Hunter Virant, Shane Zeile; Wenatchee AppleSox: Beau Kerns.
The West Coast League is The Diamond Standard of summer wood-bat collegiate baseball. Based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the league is a developing ground for aspiring pros and provides an affordable, wholesome, family-oriented entertainment alternative for its member communities. The nine-team league extends from Kelowna, British Columbia to Klamath Falls, Oregon.