Ex-Moses Lake ace A.J. Morris of Kansas State is named All-American

Several ex-WCLers were named to 2009 All-Conference teams including A.J. Morris (pictured) of Kansas State. The junior right-hander also earned All-Big 12 and All-America honors and was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. Morris, who was picked by the Washington Nationals in the 4th round of this June’s MLB draft, finished the season as Kansas State’s single-season record-holder for wins (14), strikeouts (100), innings pitched (116.1) and games started (16). His 14 wins tied for the third-most in Big 12 history, while his 2.09 ERA was the seventh-lowest in school history.

With Moses Lake last summer, A.J. was the starting pitcher for the East All-Star team, was named first-team All-WCL and led the league in strikeouts with 57.

Three former West Coast Leaguers were named their conference’s Pitcher of the Year including Morris.

Ex-Corvallis Knights southpaw Daniel Bibona of UC Irvine was named Big West Pitcher of the Year and earned All-America honors. The junior southpaw led the Big West in strikeouts with 108 and went 12-1 with a 2.63 ERA for the Big West champion Anteaters. Bibona was selected in the 16th round of the 2009 MLB June draft by St. Louis.

Former Wenatchee AppleSox hurler Matt Fields of Gonzaga was named West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year. Fields led the Bulldogs to a Regional going 8-1 while posting a 3.47 ERA. The senior right-hander was drafted in the 22nd round this past Wednesday by the Toronto Blue Jays.

The League is proud to announce the below honorees:

All-Pac-10

* Dillon Baird of University of Arizona (Wenatchee AppleSox)
* Kyle Conley of University of Washington (Wenatchee AppleSox)
* Jared Prince of Washington State (Corvallis Knights)
* Matt Way of Washington State (Corvallis Knights)

All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention

* Alex Burg of Washington State (Corvallis Knights)
* Jason Erickson of University of Washington (Bend Elks)
* Greg Lagreid of Washington State (Spokane)
* Brian Pearl of University of Washington (Bend Elks)
* Pierce Rankin of University of Washington (Bellingham Bells)
* Jake Rife of University of Washington (Bend Elks)
* Colin Walsh of Stanford (Kelowna Falcons)

First-Team All-Big West

* Ryan Goetz of University of California, Riverside (Kelowna Falcons)
* Michael Hur of University of California, Riverside (Spokane RiverHawks)
* Daniel Bibona of University of California, Irvine (Corvallis Knights)

Second-Team All-Big West

* Ryan Lee of Cal Poly (Kelowna Falcons)
* Carl Uhl of University of California, Riverside (Spokane RiverHawks)
* Paul Applebee of University of California, Riverside (Bellingham Bells)

All-Big West Honorable Mention

* DJ Gentile of Cal Poly (Bend Elks)
* Eric Massingham of Cal Poly (Corvallis Knights)

All-WCC

* Matt Fields of Gonzaga (Wenatchee AppleSox)
* Zach Kim of University of San Francisco (Moses Lake Pirates)
* Sean Nicol of University of San Diego (Wenatchee AppleSox)
* Derek Poppert of University of San Francisco (Bend Elks)
* Lee Roberts of Loyola Maramount (Moses Lake Pirates)
* Tyson Van Winkle of Gonzaga (Spokane RiverHawks)

All-WCC Honorable Mention

* Steven Ames of Gonzaga (Wenatchee AppleSox)
* T.J. Bernardy of Loyola Maramount (Moses Lake Pirates)
* Riley Henricks of University of Portland (Kelowna Falcons)

First-Team All-WAC

* Jayson Kramer of University of Hawaii (Wenatchee AppleSox)

Second-Team All-Mountain West

* Brian Budrow of University of Utah (Bend Elks)

First-Team All-Big 12

* A.J. Morris of Kansas State (Moses Lake Pirates)

Second-Team All-Big 12

* Brian Heere of Kansas (Kitsap BlueJackets)