A total of eight Wildcats have been named to the 2012 All-Northwest Conference Baseball Team, including four first-teamers and four first-time selections. After a vote by the league’s coaches at the conference meeting in Portland on Thursday, the league office released the all-star teams early Friday afternoon.
Tim Wilson followed up his record-breaking freshman campaign, in which he hit .409, with an impressive sophomore year, batting .394 through 37 games with 16 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 21 RBI. Linfield’s leadoff hitter for most of the season, he stole a league-leading 20 bases and recorded 19 multiple-hit games. Defensively, he posted a .964 fielding average over 126 chances at second base. This marked the second straight first team all-league selection for Wilson, who was a preseason all-American this year.
The versatile Jordan Harlow started 24 games at third base in his first year as a full-time starter, hitting a career-best .304 with a pair of home runs. He collected seven multiple-hit games, a feat that ranked sixth on the ballclub, stole three bases and registered a .945 fielding percentage.
Linfield’s third first-team honoree, outfielder Kramer Lindell (Sr., West Linn, Ore.), started 26 of 27 games, hitting .297 with eight doubles, two triples, a team-leading 25 RBI and a share of the club lead in home runs with six. He went 11-for-13 on stolen base attempts and posted a .986 fielding average.
Ryan Larson posted the league’s lowest ERA at 2.09 through the end of the Northwest Conference season, tallying a team-high 56 strikeouts while recording three complete games. He also saw time at first base, batting .250 in 20 plate appearances. The senior has now been named to the all-league team three times, including as a sophomore in 2009, when he was named the NWC Pitcher of the Year.
Catcher Kyle Chamberlain and starting pitcher Zach Brandon (Sr., Cottage Grove, Ore.) were named to the all-NWC second team.
Chamberlain was nearly flawless behind the plate, committing just one error over 281 chances. Offensively, he posted the team’s second-highest batting average at .311, totaling eight doubles and 24 RBI.
In his second season as a Wildcat, Brandon went 4-1 in 11 total appearances on the mound. He registered 25 strikeouts over 48 2/3 total inning, posting a 3.51 ERA. The sophomore right-hander received honorable mention consideration a season ago.
Rounding out Linfield’s appearances on the all-league team were Spencer Crepeaux and Robert Vaughn, both honorable mention selections.
Crepeaux posted a 3.77 ERA in 11 relief appearances. He pitched 28.2 innings, tallying 13 strikeouts, allowing only five extra-base hits and holding opposing batters to a .257 average.
Vaughn saw time as both a starter and as a relief pitcher, earning two wins and two saves in 12 total appearances. He recorded the team’s third-highest strikeout total (35) and saw the second-most time on the mound – after Larson – with 50.2 innings pitched. This is the third all-conference award for Vaughn, who was a first-team honoree as a junior and second-team selection as a sophomore.
As a team, Linfield finished fourth in the league with a 22-15 overall record, 15-9 in league contests. The ‘Cats must await to see if their resume is enough to warrant an at-large invitation to the NCAA championships. Whether or not Linfield continues its season, Roy Helser Field will serve as one of eight regional sites for the national tournament, with action beginning Wednesday, May 16.
The three major all-conference awards were spread around to three different clubs.
Pacific Lutheran’s senior first baseman Brock Gates was selected as the NWC Player of the Year and George Fox senior Brian Ranta was chosen as the NWC Pitcher of the Year. Whitworth’s Dan Ramsay, in his fourth year, was honored as the NWC Coach of the Year after leading the Pirates to their first league title in 21 seasons.
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