Photo cut line (L-R) Ethan Mohan, Tyler Hodder, TonY Tabor, Evan Douglas, Jesse Marks, Isiah McDonald, Blayne Halland
Baseball with seven all-stars
Kelowna, BC—They might have finished in third place in the standings, but the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack had no less than seven players named to the Canadian Collegiate Baseball League all-star team.
And three of them were individual statistical award winners. The all-stars and major awards were announced on Wednesday night (May 11) in Kelowna, the site of the CCBC championship tournament.
Rookie Tyler Hodder (Fort McMurray, AB) was selected as the first team pitcher. He also had the CCBC’s best Earned Run Average and had the Most Wins. Hodder went 7-0 and had an earned run average of 1.77. He pitched three complete games, appeared in 51 innings, surrendering 48 hits, striking out 37.
Hodder was joined on the CCBC first team by catcher Evan Douglas and utilityman Tony Tabor (both White Rock, BC). Douglas and Tabor have been CCBC all-stars three years in a row. Douglas hit .366 with 21 runs batted in, seven doubles, one triple, one homer while throwing out 123 runners. Tabor hit .333 with 32 runs scored, 37 hits, 13 runs batted in and 24 stolen bases.
“Tony and Evan have been our leaders this year and have been among the best players in the league since they entered it,” said a proud WolfPack head coach Ray Chadwick. “ We also have to make note of the fact that we had three ‘true freshmen’ named as all-stars.”
Chadwick was referring to Hodder along with Isaiah McDonald (Grand Forks, BC) and Jesse Marks (London, ON). McDonald and Marks were named to the CCBC second all-star team at designated hitter and pitcher. McDonald hit .301 with 22 hits, four doubles and seven runs batted in.
“It was great to see that all my hard work paid off,” said the modest McDonald.
Marks was 2-3 with an earned run average of 3.02. He struck out 11 and walked nine.
“These individual awards are nice but I am really hoping that we can end the weekend with more hardware,” stated Tabor referring to a league championship.
“It feels good to be honored but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates backing me up and providing great defense and run support,” said Hodder about his recognition.
Ethan Mohan (Calgary, AB) was named as the second team all-star outfielder as well as winning the league RBI title. Mohan hit .255 and drove in 31 runs while having six doubles, three triples and two home runs.
The other TRU player named an all-star was Blayne Halland (Kamloops, BC) who was a second team infielder. Halland hit .293 with 10 doubles, 10 runs batted in and three stolen bases.
Play in the CCBC round robin championship begins on Thursday (May 12). TRU has one game. They meet the defending league champion and first place team: Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs of Lethbridge, Alberta at 330 pm.