Five WCL alums earn All-America honors

Several ex-WCLers were named to season-ending all-conference teams in the Pac-12, Big West and WCC. And five WCL alums were named to Louisville Slugger All-America teams as announced by Collegiate Baseball News yesterday including first-team selection Thomas Eshelman of Cal State Fullerton (Klamath Falls Gems, 2012), second-team pick Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon (Corvallis Knights, 2011); and third-team selections Matt Boyd of Oregon State (Corvallis Knights, 2010), Taylor Sparks of UC Irvine (Wenatchee AppleSox, 2012) and Marco Gonzales of Gonzaga (Wenatchee AppleSox, 2010).

Eshelman led #3-ranked Cal State Fullerton (48-8) to a Big West title as the frosh went 11-2 with a 1.63 ERA and only walked an astounding 2 batters over 99 2/3 innings pitched while striking out 71. Thomas was as equally impressive this past summer pitching for Klamath Falls as Eshelman posted a miniscule 0.61 ERA and went 5-0 with 5 saves to earn second-team All-WCL honors.

Like Eshelman, Sherfy (2-0, 1.67, 20 saves), pictured closing for the Ducks, and Boyd (10-3, 2.03) are participating in the postseason as Fullerton, Oregon and Oregon State are all hosting NCAA Regionals (May 31-June 3).

Taylor Sparks (.360, 10, 50) was named co-Big West Player of the Year while Eshelman took home Big West Freshman of the Year honors.

Two-way star Marco Gonzales (7-3, 2.80) was named co-WCC Player of the Year.

Eight WCL alums were named All-Pac-12 and ex-AppleSox Pat Valaika of UCLA (Wenatchee, 2011) earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.

All Pac-12

* Mike Benjamin of Arizona State (Bend Elks)
* Matt Boyd of Oregon State (Corvallis Knights)
* Jake Rodriguez of Oregon State (Corvallis Knights)
* Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon (Corvallis Knights)
* Tyler Smith of Oregon State (Bend Elks/Klamath Falls Gems)
* Tommy Thorpe of Oregon (Klamath Falls Gems)
* Pat Valaika of UCLA (Wenatchee AppleSox)
* Ben Wetzler of Oregon State (Corvallis Knights)

All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

* Brian Caroll of UCLA (Cowlitz Black Bears)
* Cole Irvin of Oregon (Cowlitz Black Bears)
* Scott Schultz of Oregon State (Corvallis Knights)
* Brett Thomas of Oregon (Cowlitz Black Bears)

First-Team All-Big West

* Ronnie Shaeffer of UC Irvine (Wenatchee AppleSox)
* Denver Chavez of Cal Poly (Walla Walla Sweets)
* Taylor Sparks of UC Irvine (Wenatchee AppleSox)
* Nick Torres of Cal Poly (Corvallis Knights)
* Thomas Eshelman of Cal State Fullerton (Klamath Falls Gems)
* Joey Wagman of Cal Poly (Walla Walla Sweets)
* Reid Reilly of Cal Poly (Kitsap BlueJackets)

Second-Team All-Big West

* David Andriese of UC Riverside (Corvallis Knights)
* Austin Diemer of Cal State Fullerton (Cowlitz Black Bears)
* Trevor Frank of UC Riverside (Corvallis Knights)

All-Big West Honorable Mention

* Chris Rabago of UC Irvine (Corvallis Knights)
* Jordan Ellis of Cal Poly (Kitsap BlueJackets)
* Matt Imhof of Cal Poly (Walla Walla Sweets)
* Cameron Newell of UC Santa Barbara (Bend Elks)
* Graham Wiest of Cal State Fullerton (Cowlitz Black Bears)

All-WCC

* Brian Frattali of Portland (Cowlitz Black Bears)
* Marco Gonzales of Gonzaga (Wenatchee AppleSox)
* Connor Joe of San Diego (Kelowna Falcons)
* Brenden Kalfus of St. Mary’s (Bend Elks)
* Marco Gonzales of Gonzaga (Wenatchee AppleSox)
* Brenden Kalfus of St. Mary’s (Bend Elks)
* Jeff Melby of Portland (Kelowna Falcons)

All-WCC Honorable Mention

* Adam Cimber of San Francisco (Kitsap BlueJackets)
* Alex Boncyzk of Gonzaga (Walla Walla Sweets)
* Ben Grubb of Portland (Kitsap BlueJackets)
* Justin Maffei of San Francisco (Bend Elks)
* Jason Manhood of San Francisco (Cowlitz Black Bears)
* Arturo Reyes of Gonzaga (Walla Walla Sweets)