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8 Players Named First Team All-League

AUGUST 20, 2018 - PORTLAND, OR:  The 2018 All-Great West League team has been announced by league commissioner Ken Wilson. The voting was conducted by the league managers.  Thirteen players from the 2018 GWL Champion Chico Heat were selected to either the first or second team All-GWL. 

The team's previous high was five players in 2016.  Selected to the first 2018 team were:  Catcher - Parke Phillips (Brown University), Outfielder - Cole Lemmel (Cal Berkeley), Starting Pitcher Justin Sterner (Brigham Young), Starting Pitcher Shane Gustafson (Nevada - Reno)
, Starting Pitcher  Blake Hannah (UC - Davis), Starting Pitcher Ryan Sanchez (Hawaii Pacific), Relief Pitcher Wesley Clawson (San Jose State), and Relief Pitcher  Reid McLaughlin (Brigham Young University)

Phillips:  Played in 47 games and hit .354 (67-189) with 14 doubles, one triple and two RBI.  He was fifth in the league in RBI with 44.    Played in the 2018 GWL All-Star Game.

*Lemmel:  Was the 2018 GWL All-Star Game MVP where he launched a pair of home runs.  Lemmel finished third in the league in home runs.  Hit .306 on the season with 25 extra base hits (13 doubles, 3 triples, 2 Home Runs). 

*Sterner:  Led the league in both wins and strikeouts.  Appeared in 10 games this season, making 9 starts while posting a 7-0 record and a 3.02 ERA.  Struck out 68 batts in only 38.2 innings of work. 

*Gustafson:  Was 6-0 with a 2.68 ERA in nine starts.  His five regular season wins was good enough to tie him for third in the GWL.  Walked only 10 hits in 42.2 innings while strike out 38

Had a 0.99 ERA in seven games with a 5-0 record.  Had only one walk in in 36.1 innings of work. 

Was second in the league with six wins.  In his Chico Heat career he is 13-5 in 29 games. 

*Clawson:  Appeared in 16 games all out of the bullpen.  Was 4-0 with a 2.87 ERA.

*McLaughlin:  Made 20 appearances out of the bullpen and was 2-1 with a 3.07 ERA and 4 saves. 

Thirteen players received votes from every manager, though not a single player received a number one vote at his position from each manager.  "Seeing so many players receiving votes speaks well for the depth of talent in the league this season," noted Wilson.

The GWL Player of the Year, the GWL Pitcher of the Year and the GWL Manager of the Year will be announced tomorrow.

All-GWL First Team:
Catcher - Parke Phillips - Chico Heat (Brown University)
First Baseman - Mike Hicks - Klamath Falls Gems (University of Portland)
Second Baseman - Will Law - Lincoln Potters (William Jessup University)
Third Baseman - Matt Monahan - San Francisco Seals (St. Xavier University)
Shortstop - Riley Kasper - Medford Rogues (Saddleback College)
Outfield - Cole Carder - Medford Rogues (University of Antelope Valley)
Outfield - Brian Morley - Lincoln Potters (Old Dominion)
Outfield - Cole Lemmel - Chico Heat (Cal Berkeley)
Designated Hitter - Joe Starich - Lincoln Potters (William Jessup University)
Starting Pitcher - Justin Sterner - Chico Heat (Brigham Young)
Starting Pitcher - Shane Gustafson - Chico Heat (Nevada - Reno)
Starting Pitcher - Blake Hannah - Chico Heat (UC - Davis)
Starting Pitcher - Ryan Sanchez - Chico Heat (Hawaii Pacific)
Relief Pitcher - Wesley Clawson - Chico Heat (San Jose State)
Relief Pitcher - Reid McLaughlin - Chico Heat (Brigham Young)

ALL-GWL Second Team:
Catcher - Jacob Terao - Yuba Sutter Gold Sox (University of Portland)
First Baseman - Joe Debaca - Chico Heat (UC - San Diego)
Second Baseman - Andrew Meggs - Chico Heat (Creighton)
Third Baseman - Wyatt Branch - Chico Heat (Dixie State)
Shortstop - (tie) - Larry Fonseca - Lincoln Potters (Cal State - Northridge) and Brice Foster - Klamath Falls Gems (Menlo College)
Outfield - Charles Middleton - Lincoln Potters (Sierra College)
Outfield - Brandon Stewart - Chico Heat (UC - San Diego)
Outfield - Brody Clifford - Yuba Sutter Gold Sox (Dixie State)
Designated Hitter - (tie) Tanner Cantwell - Medford Rogues (Montana State - Billings) and Mitchell Neunborn - Medford Rogues (North Iowa Area CC)
Starting Pitcher - Tanner Simpson - Medford Rogues (Lewis-Clark State)
Starting Pitcher - Jakob Frederick - Lincoln Potters (San Joaquin Delta)
Starting Pitcher - Bobby Voortmeyer - Medford Rogues (Columbia Basin)
Starting Pitcher - Tim Brokop - San Francisco Seals (St. Xavier University)
Relief Pitcher - Brayden Bonner - Chico Heat (Dixie State)
Relief Pitcher - Tyler Cochran - Lincoln Potters (Folsom Lake College)

Chico Heat - Alex Crouch (Cosumnes River College), Tim Firth (Texas A&M - Arkana), Cole Galvagno (Folsom Lake College), Matt Kimura (Chico State), Dalton Smith (Chico State), Klamath Falls Gems - Kyle Yamada (Hawaii - Hilo),  Lincoln Potters - Austen Swift (William Jessup University) ,  Medford Rogues - Tommy Ahlstrom (Simpson University), Blake Baumgartner (UC - San Diego),  Kolby Button (Shasta College), Cole Elvis (Cal Berkeley), Gabe Smith (Everett CC), San Francisco Seals - Jay Vincent (University of Pikeville)