Eight COC Baseball Players Earn All-Conference Awards

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Eight College of the Canyons baseball players were honored with All-Conference awards. Sophomore short stop Juan Perez and freshman catcher Michael Browne were honored with first team All-Conference accolades. Perez was also named the 2011 Western State Conference Player of the Year, the first time a COC player has one the award since Trevor Bloom in 2009.

 

Sophomore Juan Perez swings against Mission College. Photograph by Cougar News photographer John Nussbaum.

The sophomore finished 2011 with a .397 batting average, 33 runs scored, 13 doubles, two homeruns, and 33 runs batted in. He led the team in hits with 54, runs scored, doubles, triples, slugging percentage, walks, and stolen bases.

 

Browne ended the 2011 campaign batting .314 with 15 runs scored and 12 R-B-I’s. The freshman catcher also helped the pitching staff behind the plate earn a 3.48 earned run average.

Being named to the second team was last years All-American Cal Vogelsang, freshman first baseman Jake Jelmini, and freshman relief pitcher Andy Arriaga.

 

Sophomore Cal Vogelsang at the plate against Mission College. Photograph by Cougar News photographer John Nussbaum.

Vogelsang came back down to earth in sophomore season with a .283 batting average, 19 runs scored, 3 homeruns, and 25 runs batted in. After last seasons performance of a .380 average with 11 homeruns, 35 R-B-I’s and a slugging percentage of .718, the sophomore was drafted by the Dodgers in the thirty second round but opted to return for his second season at COC. Vogelsang was being recruited by the University of Oklahoma earlier in the year.

 

The freshman first baseman, Jelmini, hit .277 with four homeruns and 16 ribbies from the middle of the batting order. Arriaga pitched in 13 games for the Cougars going 5-3 with an earned run average of 3.33 and he struck out 31 batters in 27 innings.

 

Freshman pitcher John Salas delivers a pitch against Mission College. Photograph by Cougar News photographer John Nussbaum

Being honored with honorable mention awards were sophomore outfielder Jeremy Weber, freshman pitcher John Salas and sophomore pitcher Troy Neiman.

 

Weber was fourth on the team in average at .300 but led the team in homeruns with 5 and was third with 23 runs batted in playing center field for the Cougars in 2011. Salas pitched in 12 games with nine starts going 5-2 with an E-R-A of 3.17. Salas stepped in as a starter near the end of non conference play due to a couple of injuries in the staff. While Neiman was the ace of the staff as he went 5-4 in 12 games with an earned run average of 3.69 and he struck out 74 in 75 innings.

COC finished the 2011 campaign with a 21-15 overall record and 12-9 in conference good for a tie for third with Citrus and Pierce. Their season came to an end in a loss to Southwestern 5-3 in a play in game in the Southern California Community College playoffs.