Stolo, Crunkilton Join Harber on First Team
If there is anything that comes a close second to being as predictable as a winning baseball season for Western Nevada College, it’s Wildcat pitchers earning postseason honors.
For the sixth consecutive year, a WNC hurler has earned a pitcher of the year honor. WNC sophomore Conor Harber was selected as co-pitcher of the year for Region 18. Harber joins Kramer Champlin (2009-10), Chris Garrison (2011), Dylan Baker (2012) and Cody Hamlin (2013) on the Wildcat list of pitchers or relievers of the year. Harber, who has an 8-0 record and 2.23 earned run average, shared pitcher of the year honors with Salt Lake’s Jason Jourdan.
Most of Western Nevada College’s starting lineup received individual honors on May 7 during a Region 18 selection meeting.
Sophomores Joey Crunkilton, Christian Stolo and Harber were chosen to the Region 18 first team by the five coaches who represent Scenic West Athletic Conference teams.
“Congratulations to all our NJCAA All-Region selections. They have collectively spent countless hours practicing and deserve high praise for their preparation and performance,” WNC coach D.J. Whittemore said. “The position coaches really deserve some credit as well as they are the ones that are helping the players reach their potential and make adjustments.”
Crunkilton was tabbed as a first-team outfielder; and Stolo and Harber were first-team choices as pitchers. Stolo and Harber are only the third and fourth Wildcats to twice be selected first-team all-region. Stolo took a 5-3 record and 3.05 ERA into Friday’s Region 18 Tournament matchup with Salt Lake, while Crunkilton was hitting .321 with a team-leading seven homers, 15 doubles and 40 RBI.
Earning second-team honors were sophomore pitcher Spencer Greer (6-4, 2.14 ERA), sophomore second baseman Connor Klein (.281, 10 doubles), sophomore third baseman Rayne Raven (.317, 14 doubles and seven victories on the mound) and sophomore outfielder Jake Bennett (.325, team-leading 43 runs scored, nine doubles and 11 stolen bases).
Klein’s second-team honor duplicated his selection from a year ago. He joins Harber, Stolo and Crunkilton from this year’s club as two-time all-region choices. Only 10 Wildcats have accomplished that feat.
The Wildcats also had three players receive honorable mention: sophomore outfielder Alex Fife (team-best .336 average, seven doubles and 26 RBI), sophomore shortstop Tony Roque (.250, seven doubles and 17 RBI) and sophomore first baseman Sam Hall (.291, 11 doubles and 24 RBI).
“Everyone appreciates being recognized and winning individual awards are gratifying, but this group of players is collectively concerned and driven by one goal: defending their Region 18 title,” Whittemore said.
Salt Lake’s Eric Carter was chosen as reliever of the year, and Bruins skipper DG Nelson was selected as coach of the year.
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