Linfield Wildcats

May 20, 2014
Four Wildcats picked to all-region squad
Complete All-West Region Team
In recognition of another stellar season on the mound, Chris Haddeland has been recognized as the West Region Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive year, headlining four first team all-region selections for the McMinnville Regional tournament champions. The regional squads were released Monday.
Jake Wylie repeated as a first team honoree, while Northwest Conference Pitcher and Player of the Year Aaron Thomassen and Nick Fisher moved up from the second to first squad in their second appearances on the all-region team.
Seventh-year manager Scott Brosius was chosen as the West Region Coach of the Year after leading the Wildcats to their third conference championship in four years and second consecutive regional championship and resulting appearance at the NCAA Finals.
Haddeland carries a 0.97 ERA into the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships after surrendering just 12 earned runs in 111.0 innings pitched. The junior right-hander has won 11 games against one loss, and picked up a save in the regional championship game against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The team leader in strikeouts with 76, Haddeland has held opposing hitters to a .171 average while hurling four shutouts as part of seven complete-game performances.
Through the end of the regional tournament, Wylie led the team with a .348 average, .679 slugging percentage and .441 on-base percentage. The senior catcher – who missed 13 games during the early part of the season due to injury – drove in 34 runs, totaled 20 extra-base hits (11 doubles, one triple, eight home runs) and was defensively perfect in 125 chances behind the plate. Starting 10 games as the team's designated hitter, Wylie consistently hit for power, smacking three home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Pacific Lutheran and a grand slam against Lewis & Clark.
Thomassen edged out teammate Haddeland for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year honors after posting a perfect 7-0 and conference-leading 1.75 ERA through the end of the regular season. On the year, the junior registered a 10-1 record, 1.76 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings of work. Linfield's Game 3 starter throughout the league season, Thomassen threw his first career complete-game shutout in 2014, ringing up six strikeouts in a four-hitter on the road against Whitman.
Fisher, the Northwest Conference Player of the Year, hit .337 while leading the team in all extra-base categories with 17 doubles, three triples and nine home runs, including a grand slam. He drove in 37 runs, second most on the team, drew 28 walks and stole a team-high 12 bases. Defensively, the senior right fielder was perfect in 78 opportunities, including the final out in the regional championship game against UW-Stevens Point. He was tabbed as the tournament's most outstanding player.
Defending national champion Linfield (37-7) advanced to the NCAA Finals after going 4-0 in the McMinnville Regional, earning a first-round championship matchup against St. Thomas (Minn.) Friday at 8 a.m. Pacific time.
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Chris Haddeland, Jake Wylie
Aaron Thomassen, Nick Fisher