Four Warriors earn all-region honors
Four members of the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team were named to the NAIA West All-Region Team, which was announced on Monday.
Voting for the team was conducted by the coaches in the NAIA West Conference. The conference consists of LCSC, British Columbia, College of Idaho, Concordia and Corban in the North Division, and Menlo, Simpson, Patten, and Oregon Tech in the Southern Division.
Senior first baseman Brian Gaylord, junior third baseman Trent Bridges, junior designated hitter Alfonso Casillas, and senior starting pitcher Tyrell Poggemeyer were selected to the first team.
Gaylord, who also was a first-team pick a year ago, led the Warriors in home runs with 12 and RBI with 57. The La Mirada, Calif., product is hitting .298 with a 54 hits, half of which went for extra bases. He is tied for second on the team in runs scored at 41 and is third in doubles with 14. He has a .586 slugging percentage and a .988 fielding percentage this season.
Bridges, who is from Coeur d’Alene, split time between second and third base this season and hit .409, which is second on the team. He has 186 plate appearances, tops on the team, and leads LCSC in hits (76), runs (53) and doubles (18). He also has four home runs, which ties for fourth, a triple, and 43 RBI, which ties him for second. Bridges has a .581 slugging percentage, and a team-best .473 on-base percentage. He also has been hit by 11 pitches, tops on the team.
Casillas overcame an early-season injury that forced him to miss more than a month. Casillas, who is from Indio, Calif., leads LCSC with a .435 average and is second on the team in both home runs with nine and doubles with 16. He is tied with Bridges for second in RBI with 43 and has a team-best .775 slugging percentage along with a .449 on-base percentage.
Poggemeyer, a right-hander from Lowell, Ore., has a 7-1 record with a 2.23 earned run average. He is tied for the team lead in wins and ranks second in ERA. His 64.2 innings pitched leads the team and he’s walked just 15 and struck out 41. Opponents are hitting .208 off of him.
LCSC, which won the North Division, had the most players selected with four, while British Columbia, College of Idaho, and Patten had three each. Menlo finished with two, while Concordia and Oregon Tech had one each.
While UBC is the only conference team to receive a berth into the 45-team NAIA Opening Round tournaments, the Warriors still have at least one regular season game left. LCSC will travel to Seattle to face Seattle University next Tuesday. Warrior coach Gary Picone is hoping to add a second game to the trip against Seattle.
ALL REGION TEAM
SS- Chris Mazza- Menlo
2B- Colin Stock- OIT
DH- Alfonso Casillas- Lewis-Clark State
1B- Brian Gaylord- Lewis- Clark State
3B- Trent Bridges- Lewis- Clark State
OF- Kyle Douglas- College of Idaho
OF- Izaac Garsez- College of Idaho
OF- Brian Mouton- Patten
OF- Blake Carruthers- University of British Columbia
UT- David Whiteside- Patten
C- Tommy Whalen- Concordia
C- Joe Salazar- Patten
SP- Tyrell Poggemeyer- Lewis- Clark State
SP- Mitch Dame- College of Idaho
SP- Eric Brown- University of British Columbia
SP-Derek Martinez- Menlo
RP- Shawn Heatherington- University of British Columbia