President Ken Wilson of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League announced the league’s 2008 honors, as voted on by WCCBL general managers and coaches, including the WCCBL MVP, Pitcher of the Year, Coach of the Year, Executive of the Year and the new Jim Dietz Team Sportsmanship Award.
Bend outfielder Drew Heid of Gonzaga of the West Coast Conference was named 2008 WCCBL MVP. Heid set new league records for batting average (.403), hits (64), runs scored (39) and total bases (90). The left-handed hitting junior-to be from Goldendale, Washington is the first WCCBL player to hit over .400 and led Bend to its first WCCBL playoff berth.
Corvallis southpaw Jared Eskew of Cal Poly was named WCCBL Pitcher of the Year. Eskew posted the league’s lowest ERA at 1.32 and went 3-0 in league over 6 starts. Eskew also won his only playoff start, game two of the West Divisional Series vs. Bend.
Brooke Knight of Corvallis was named Coach of the Year. The rookie skipper led the Knights to their first WCCBL title and the league’s best record.
Dan Segel of Corvallis repeated as Executive of the Year as the Knights set a new single-season WCCBL record for wins with 31 and increased attendance by 5,000 drawing a total of 17,929 fans in 2008.
The Corvallis Knights were also recipients of the inaugural Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award.