West Coast League Hands Out Year End Awards

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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.

Christian J. Stewart
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