Shane Hanon Wins Batting Crown

The West Coast League regular season wrapped up yesterday with Bellingham and Yakima Valley securing second-half North and South titles, respectively. The Bells finished tied with Victoria at 17-10, but owned the tie-breaker as the Bells went 4-2 vs. the HarbourCats in the second half.

Yakima Valley topped Corvallis by one game, finishing 17-10.

The WCL batting crown went to Edmonds CC sophomore-to-be outfielder Shane Hanon of Bellingham who finished the season with a .331 batting average.

Yakima ace Zach Draper of College of Idaho posted the league’s lowest ERA at 0.73 and led the league in wins with 8. The lefty went 8-0 over 12 starts and 74.1 innings pitched.

Future UCLA Bruin outfielder Michael Toglia of Wenatchee captured the league HR and RBI titles as the sweet-swinging left-handed hitter homered 7 times and knocked in 40 runs to lead the WCL.

The WCL strikeout leader was future San Diego Torero Chris Murphy of Walla Walla. The southpaw struck out 71 over 42.2 innings pitched.

Bellingham closer Sam Hellinger of Gonzaga topped the league in saves with 13.

Gresham outfielder Ryan Smith of Southern Illinois posted the WCL’s highest on base percentage at .448.

Cowlitz infielder Mike Forgione of Portland and Bells outfielder Andru Cardenas of Chico State finished as co-stolen bases champs as both swiped 23 bags.

The WCL postseason gets started tomorrow with Victoria at Bellingham in game one of the North Divisional Series and Corvallis at Yakima Valley in game one of the South Divisional Series. Both series are best-of-three. Games two and three (if necessary) of each series are slated for Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11 at Victoria and Corvallis.