Oregon Tech's Mauricio, Strom and Emerson Sweep Major CCC Baseball Awards
#6 Ryson Mauricio capped off a record season, as he was named both 2009 Cascade
Conference and NAIA West Player of the Year. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Tech's Ryson Mauricio and Josh Strom, who helped propel the Hustlin' Owls to an NAIA West South Division baseball crown and a school-record 33 victories, have been named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, in a vote of the CCC's head coaches. OIT freshman pitcher Neil Emerson was named the CCC's Newcomer of the Year.
The All-CCC team is comprised of players from the four Cascade Collegiate Conference institutions which sponsor baseball: College of Idaho, Concordia, Corban, and Oregon Tech.
Mauricio earlier this week was honored as the Player of the Year in the NAIA West, a 10-team grouping that includes the four CCC institutions, University of British Columbia, Lewis-Clark State, Cal State San Marcos, Patten, Simpson, and Bethany. Other CCC players named to the All-NAIA West team included Oregon Tech's Lee Eklund (catcher) and Zach Earle (shortstop), College of Idaho's Cody Brubaker (outfield), and Concordia's Brett Hawley (pitcher).
A junior from Mililani, Hawaii, Mauricio set single-season school records for runs (53), total bases (148), hits (85), doubles (21), RBIs (69) and home runs (14). He led OIT with a .368 batting average and .658 slugging percentage.
Strom, a senior from Canby, Ore., posted an 8-4 record with a 3.16 ERA. He had six complete games and struck out 72 batters in 88 1/3 innings pitched.
Emerson, from Phoenix, Ore., posted a 6-4 record with four complete games and a team-best 3.01 earned run
College of Idaho's Shawn Humberger was named the CCC Coach of the Year for the fifth consecutive year and sixth time since 2002.
All-Cascade Collegiate Conference Team
Player of the Year: Ryson Mauricio, 2B, Oregon Tech
Pitcher of the Year: Josh Strom, P, Oregon Tech
Newcomer of the Year: Neil Emerson, P, Oregon Tech
Coach of the Year: Shawn Humberger, College of Idaho
Team Champion of Character: Concordia
Name School Year Pos. Hometown
Lee Eklund Oregon Tech Sr. C Salem, OR
Jimmy Rudig Concordia Sr. 1B Milwaukie, OR
Ryson Mauricio Oregon Tech Jr. 2B Mililani, HI
Zach Earle Oregon Tech Fr. SS Medford, OR
Craig Spicer Corban Sr. 3B Vancouver, WA
Bryan Champ College of Idaho Sr. UT Boise, ID
Russ Johnston Corban Sr. DH Independence, OR
Cody Brubaker College of Idaho Sr. OF Post Falls, ID
Luke Howarth College of Idaho Sr. OF Boise, ID
Jake Miller College of Idaho Sr. OF Idaho Falls, ID
Andrew Brock College of Idaho Sr. P Burnaby, B.C.
Brett Hawley Concordia Sr. P Bellevue, WA
Neil Emerson Oregon Tech Fr. P Phoenix, OR
Josh Strom Oregon Tech Sr. P Canby, OR
Chad Yeggy College of Idaho Fr. RP Boise, ID
Honorable Mention: Tommy Whalen, Concordia; Diego Robles, College of Idaho; Kyle Douglas, College of Idaho; Jason Braun, Corban; Ben Rue, Concordia; Ben Rosen, College of Idaho.
Cascade Conference Gold Glove Award Winners
C Jordan Lanman, College of Idaho
INF Quinn Hummel, Oregon Tech
INF Jimmy Rudig, Concordia
INF Ryson Mauricio, Oregon Tech
INF Brennan Ingram, Concordia
OF Ben Lanier, Concordia
OF Kory Locken, Oregon Tech
OF Cody Brubaker, College of Idaho
P Neil Emerson, Oregon Tech
All-NAIA West Team:
C Scott Clement, Cal State San Marcos
C Lee Eklund, Oregon Tech
1B Ben Ornelas, L-C State
2B Ryson Mauricio, Oregon Tech*
3B Austin Coleman, Cal State San Marcos
SS Zach Earle, Oregon Tech
INF Josh Ashenbrenner, L-C State
DH Dane Ponciano, Cal State San Marcos
OF Sean Halton, L-C State
OF James Scott, Cal State San Marcos
OF Jon Syrnyk, University of British Columbia
OF Cody Brubaker, College of Idaho
P Mark Hardy, University of British Columbia
P Brett Hawley, Concordia
P Tom Peale, L-C State
P Eric Brown, University of British Columbia
RP Sean Hetherington, University of British Columbia
*Player of the Year
NAIA West Gold Glove Team: C - Brian Ward, L-C State; 1B - Scott Webster, UBC; 2B - Alex White, UBC; SS - Sammie Starr, UBC; 3B - Bryan Champ, College of Idaho;LF - Ben Lanier, Concordia; CF - Jon Syrnyk, UBC; RF - Cody Brubaker, College of Idaho; P - Taylor King, UBC.
Courtesy CCC league office
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