Wildcats, Wolves receive post-season baseball honors
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
June 8, 2010 · Updated 2:41 PM
Oak Harbor and Coupeville baseball players recently received post-season honors.
Junior outfielders Jay Stout and Yale Rosen, two of 16 varsity lettermen, were chosen as the Most Valuable Players for the 2010 team, as announced by head coach Tyson VanDam.
The pair also received first-team all-Wesco North slots.
Senior utility man Pat Higbee, a four-year letterman, received two special awards, Most Inspirational and Co-captain, and was named to the all-Wesco second team.
Senior catcher Brad Farnum shared the Captain Award with Higbee and also earned all-Wesco second-team honors.
Junior outfielder Sam Wolfe, another all-Wesco second-team choice, was given the Silver Slugger Award for leading the team in hitting.
Senior first baseman Kian Mebane was the recipient of the Golden Glove Award, committing just two errors in 95 chances, and was a member of the all-league honorable mention list.
Sophomore pitcher Gabe Clark was tabbed at the Most Improved and was honorable mention all-league.
Other varsity lettermen were seniors Wade Burns, Nate Young and Adrian Richards; juniors Ryan Byrne, David Tillotson, Justin Counts, Ben Cardinal and Josh Evans; and sophomore Peter Franssen.
Oak Harbor placed fifth in the Wesco North with a 6-10 mark and finished the year 10-12. The Wildcats lost 3-2 in a district play-in game to Shorewood, which went on to reach the final four in the state 4A playoffs.
Oak Harbor statistics
Wolfe led Oak Harbor in hitting and Clark in pitching for the 2010 season.
Wolfe, who missed the first five games because of an injury, hit .370 (17-46). He was also first in stolen bases (5) and second on doubles (3), being hit by a pitch (5) and runs (15).
The Wildcats had four other .300 hitters among its regulars: Higbee, .333 (16-48); Stout, .328 (21-64); Farnum, .321 (18-56); and Rosen, .317 (19-60).
Stout, Farnum, Evans and Mebane were the only players to appear in all 22 games. Mebane was tops in innings played (140), followed by Stout and Farnum (137).
Stout had the most hits (21), singles (18) and runs (17), and he had the second most triples (2) and walks (12).
Farnum tied Mebane for the most RBI (14) and doubles (4) and led the team in a school-record 13 times hit by a pitch. Mebane had the most walks (17) and strikeouts (16).
Higbee had the most triples (3), and Rosen and Evans hit the only home runs.
Clark dominated the pitching statistics. He threw 55 innings, Stout tossed 35, Ryan Byrne 21.7 and Evans 17.3.
Clark had the most starts (9), complete games (5), hits (57), strikeouts (32) and wins (7), and the best earned run average (2.55). He also walked only four.
Stout had the second most starts (6), hits (36), strikeouts (21) and wins (2), and second best ERA (4.40). He led the team in walks (31) and tied Byrne with the most losses (3).
Byrne recorded a team-high four saves.
Defensively, first baseman Mebane had the most put outs (125), followed by catcher Farnum (78). Shortstop Nate Young had the most assists (43) and errors (10). Third baseman Evans was next with 25 assists and seven errors.
Senior J.D. Wilcox led the lettermen list for the 2010 Coupeville High School baseball team.
Wilcox, a short stop/pitcher, received a varsity letter and four-year award (being on the team and competing all four years of high school), was named one of the three captains and was chosen for the all-Cascade Conference first team as an infielder.
Senior catcher Chase Griffin and junior short stop/pitcher Ian Smith were the other captains. Both were also second-team all-league, and Griffin earned a four-year award.
Senior second baseman Erik King and senior third baseman/pitcher Chad Brookhouse picked up letters and four-year awards, and both were second team all-conference choices.
Senior first baseman Kevin Eaton lettered and received a four-year award, as did senior Jason Bagby, who missed most of the season after having shoulder surgery.
Other varsity lettermen were Erik Wheat, Jake Sele and Alex McClain.
Coupeville finished fourth in the Cascade Conference with an 8-10 record, advanced to the playoffs and finished the year 12-12.
Brookhouse and Wilcox were the statistical leaders of the 2010 team.
Brookhouse led all hitters with a .457 average (32-70), 32 hits and 32 runs batted in; he also was second in home runs (2).
Wilcox was the leading pitcher, posting a team-high 59.7 innings, 58 strikeouts and four saves, and holding a team-best 3.17 earned run average.
King was second to Brookhouse in batting average (.409, 27-66) and was second on the team with 15 walks. The senior second baseman led the team in home runs (3) and being hit by a pitch (6).
Four other Wolves hit over .300: Wilcox, .397 (31-78); Smith, .385 (30-78); Griffin, .324 (22-68); and Eaton, .324 (22-68).
Wilcox led CHS in runs (31) and stolen bases (12) and tied Smith for the most triples (2). Smith had the most doubles (8) and was second in RBI (22).
Griffin was tops in walks (20) and second in runs (28), stolen bases (9) and HPs (3).
Smith shared the bulk of the pitching with Wilcox, tossing 50 innings and earning the most wins (4, one more than Wilcox).
Defensively, first baseman Eaton recorded the most put outs (133), Wilcox the most assists (48) and Brookhouse the most errors (12).Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.