The record setting summer for Owen Jones was capped off by being named the West Coast League’s Pitcher of the Year. Jones, who’ll be a senior at the University of Portland, set a league record with 7 wins, going 7-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched.
In addition to the WCL Pitcher of the Year honor, the Edmonds native was already named a summer collegiate baseball First Team All-American by Perfect Game CrossChecker. Only four pitchers in the country were named to the All-American First Team.
Jones previously played in Wenatchee after his freshman year in 2008. He was one of the most consistent pitchers for the AppleSox in 2008, being named All-WCL honorable mention and helping the team reach the WCL Championship Series. He went 3-3 with a 2.72 ERA, the lowest on the team for a starter that season.
Walla Walla Sweets infielder Alex Stanford is the 2011 WCL MVP. The senior-to-be second baseman from Gonzaga was second in the league in hitting with a .340 average, while setting a new league single-season mark with 66 hits. Stanford smashed 2 home runs, had 11 RBIs and stole 15 bases. It’s the second consecutive season a middle infielder has won the award. Tommy Richards (Washington State) of the Bend Elks was the league MVP in 2010.
Brooke Knight of the Corvallis Knights earned the WCL Coach of the Year award for the third time. Knight led Corvallis to the West Coast League Championship in 2011, after winning the title in 2008. Knight was Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
The Cowlitz Black Bears won the Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award for the first time. The award is presented to the team exhibiting exceptional sportsmanship and honors the long-time coach and former West Coast League commissioner.
Eddie Poplawski, the first-year owner of the Bellingham Bells, was selected WCL Executive of the Year.