It was a historic evening for Riley Jepson and his University of the Fraser Valley baseball teammates, as the Canadian College Baseball Conference bestowed on them an unprecedented series of awards on Wednesday in Kamloops.
Jepson, the Cascades' third-year first baseman, took home a pair of honours for individual statistical achievements at the CCBC's annual awards dinner. He was recognized for winning his second consecutive CCBC batting title with a .405 average, and for leading the league in home runs with six (tied with VIU's Phil Whelan).
Additionally, Jepson and six UFV teammates were voted league all-stars on the eve of the CCBC's championship tournament, which runs Thursday through Sunday at Norbrock Stadium in Kamloops. The seven all-star nods tied Okanagan College for the most players selected, and set a new program standard for all-stars in a single season (UFV's previous record was three).
The Cascades' all-stars are as follows:
Riley Jepson, 1B – In addition to the impressive stats listed above, the Kamloops product's dominant campaign saw him run away with the league lead in OPS (1.350) and tie for first in walks (27) while finishing sixth in RBI (18).
Josh Berenbaum, 2B – UFV leadoff hitter Berenbaum (Richmond, B.C.) turned in a stellar sophomore season, finishing 10th in the league with a .344 batting average, 10th in doubles (six), and sixth in walks (17).
Dylan Merritt, SS – Merritt (Chilliwack, B.C.) finished second in the CCBC batting race to Jepson, posting a .381 average along with 12 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Dylan Emmons, P – The Cascades' third-year ace righthander from Vernon, B.C. posted a league-best earned run average of 1.23, and racked up 48 strikeouts (third in the league) and four wins (fourth).
Jonah Weisner, 3B – With Weisner's second-team nod, the entire Cascades infield earned all-star recognition. The sophomore from Mission, B.C. was 12th in the batting race (.329) and seventh in stolen bases (nine) while showing incredible plate discipline with 13 walks against just nine strikeouts.
Brad Bishop, P – The second-year Cascades lefthander from Mississauga, Ont. posted the fifth-best ERA in the CCBC (2.22) with 19 strikeouts and just five walks.
Travis McDougall, P – The rookie righthander from Abbotsford, B.C. was ninth in the league in ERA (2.81) and eighth in strikeouts (36).
The Cascades (15-9) are the No. 3 seed heading into the CCBC championship, and open the double-elimination tourney on Thursday at 1 p.m. vs. the Calgary Dinos (8-18). The winner moves on to face the VIU-Okanagan College winner in the winner's bracket quarter-finals at 4 p.m. Most games will be webcast at www.gowolfpack.ca/baseballtv.