LA GRANDE, Ore. – Oregon Tech’s Ethan Schlecht (Ashland, Ore.) and Ryan Hayden (Grants Pass, Ore.) were named to the All-NAIA West Group Team, while Owl shortstop Tyson Dahl (Winston, Ore.) earned Gold Glove honors, announced Sunday by the league office.
Schlecht (pictured), a sophomore third baseman for the Owls, earned All-NAIA West recognition for the second-straight season, while Hayden and Dahl earned their respective awards for the first time.
Individual awards went to Lewis-Clark State College’s Jake Shirley named NAIA West Group Player of the Year by a vote of the Group’s head coaches.
Pitcher of the Year hardware will be awarded to Jake Kopra of Corban University (Ore.). The senior right-hander from Gresham, Ore. led the Group with a 10-0 record in 101 1/3 innings.
After finishing 20-8 to lead the University of British Columbia to the No. 1 seed in the 2014 NAIA West Group tournament and a 30-plus win regular season, the Thunderbirds’ Terry McKaig was selected as Coach of the Year by the other seven head coaches.
Complete 2014 All-NAIA West Group Baseball Postseason Honors
Schlecht led the Owls with a .359 batting average, including 55 hits with two doubles and a triple to go with 27 RBI. Hayden led Tech with 59 hits and batted .311 on the season. Hayden also led the team with five homeruns and tied for top honors with 12 doubles, while driving in 27 runs. Hayden, in his last game for the Owls, drove in a NAIA West record 11 runs to finish out his senior season.
Dahl, a shortstop in his junior year with the Owls, recorded 159 assists, 68 putouts in 244 chances. Dahl started all 48 games for Tech recording just 17 errors on the year. With the bat Dahl connected for 53 hits to go with 10 doubles, three triples and two doubles while driving in 24 and hitting .282.