Owen Named WCL Pitcher of the Year, WCL Announces All-Star Teams

August 21, 2017 - West Coast League (WCL) - Victoria HabourCats

News Release

Fresh off of the first West Coast League Championship Series appearance in franchise history, the Victoria HarbourCats are proud to announce that left-hander Jack Owen has been named 2017 WCL Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, five HarbourCats have been named to post-season All-WCL teams.

Owen led the WCL in starters' ERA (1.01) in seven starts and was tied for seventh in strikeouts (48) in 44.1 innings pitched, while allowing just 29 hits. The incoming freshman to Auburn University (SEC) finished two back of the league lead in wins, working to a 4-1 record.

Owen was named to the WCL All-Star Game in July.

In addition to Owen being named to the All-WCL First Team, four HarbourCats were named All-WCL Second Team.

Shane McGuire, C: The incoming freshman to the University of San Diego (WCC) was named the HarbourCats' Player of the Year. McGuire led the HarbourCats with his .451 batting average; tied for second on the team with 26 RBIs, and contributed six doubles and four home runs in 26 games.

Hunter Vansau, OF: The rising junior from Mississippi State (SEC) hit .359 with a team-leading eight home runs and 34 RBIs. Vansau participated in the WCL All Star Game, and was the runner-up in the WCL Home Run Derby.

Adam McKillican, SP: The rising sophomore from the University of British Columbia led the HarbourCats in starts (eight) and his 58 innings pitched was fourth in the WCL. He also tied for the team lead in wins, one back of the league lead, posting a 5-3 record with a 4.03 ERA en-route to being named HarbourCats co-Pitcher of the Year with Owen and being selected to the WCL All-Star Game.

Travis Kuhn, RP: A redshirt freshman from the University of San Diego (WCC), Kuhn finished second in the WCL with nine saves. He led the league with 24 appearances, and recorded 41 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.

"We had a tremendously skilled team, set nearly every offensive record for our franchise and rode that to the WCL final, but certainly the way Jack Owen, Adam McKillican, Travis Kuhn and others pitched and led our pitching staff had a major impact on our success," said HarbourCats managing partner Jim Swanson. "These are CLASS kids, and class players. We are proud of all the players who have been recognized, and we hope they find further success in their careers."

HarbourCats named All-WCL Honourable Mentions were Harrison Bragg (IF), Harry Shipley (IF), Andrew Shaps (OF), and AJ Block (SP).

Full All-WCL Teams:

2017 First-Team All-WCL

C - Chase Illig, Bellingham

1B - Lucas Denney, Yakima

2B - Brad Beesley, Yakima

3B - Nick Nyquist, Walla Walla

SS - Taylor Wright, Kelowna

OF - Jordan Qsar, Corvallis

OF - Evan Johnson, Wenatchee

OF - Devlin Granberg, Cowlitz

UTL - Austin Shenton, Bellingham

SP - Kris Jackson, Bend

SP - Collin Maier, Wenatchee

SP - Jack Owen, Victoria

SP - Taylor Dollard, Yakima

SP - Andrew Hansen, Gresham

RP - Connor White, Yakima

2017 Second-Team All-WCL

C - Shane McGuire, Victoria

1B - Dillan Shrum, Corvallis

2B - Colin Runge, Bend

3B - Mitch Ellis, Yakima

SS - Mark Pearson, Cowlitz*(tied)

SS - Ernie Yake, Bellingham*(tied)

OF - J.J. Hancock, Walla Walla

OF - Hunter Vansau, Victoria

OF - Ryan Kim, Cowlitz

UTL - Nyles Nygaard, Cowlitz

SP - Cal Hehnke, Kelowna

SP - Adam McKillican, Victoria

SP - Holden Powell, Bellingham

SP - Jordan Horak, Corvallis

SP - Chris Lincoln, Walla Walla

RP - Travis Kuhn, Victoria

RP - Connor Leedholm, Wenatchee

Most Valuable Player: Chase Illig

Pitcher of the Year: Jack Owen

Jim Dietz Team Sportsmanship Award: Bellingham

Honorable Mention

Bellingham: Austin Pinorini, Brendan McClary, Max Flower, Kyle Stowers, Zach Pettaway, Trevor DeLaite, Arman Sabouri, Josh Zavisubin.

Bend: Charlie Maxwell, Cal Waterman, Matt Kroon, Derek Chapman, Grant Larson.

Corvallis: Matt Kelly, Chad Stevens, Troy Claunch, Emilio Alcantar, Cason Cunningham, Ross Massey, Connor Redmond, Trenton Toplikar, Jacob Fricke, Miles Glazier, Hazahel Quijada.

Cowlitz: Austin Merrill, Corbin Powers, Davis Baillie, Kragen Kechely, Nick Strange.

Gresham: Alec de Watteville, Jordan Barchus, Robert Reaser, Alex Roth.

Kelowna: Niall Windeler, Sam Menegat.

Port Angeles: Austyn Tengan, Jake Portaro, Brody Kato, Kevin Kendall, Taylor Adams, Nick Bonnikesen, Luke Fralely, Wyatt Haccou, Cam Walker.

Victoria: Harrison Bragg, Harry Shipley, Andrew Shaps, AJ Block, Isaac Mullins.

Walla Walla: John Glenn, Jacob Blas, Vinny Capra, Danny Sinatro, Jake Suddleson, Tim Josten, Haydn King, Darius Vines, Matt Amrhein.

Wenatchee: Adrian Dalma, Jake Taylor, Jacob Prater, Dugan Shirer, Hunter Boyd, McKabe Cottrell, Cameron Kurz.

Yakima Valley: Dillon Plew, Jonny DeLuca, Tora Otsuka, Steven Sordahl, AJ Landis, Josh Tedeschi, Dustin Yates.

2018 SEASON TICKETS

2018 season ticket renewals and sales are now available including the highly popular Campbell Real Estate Club. Tentative plans are in the works to expand the new home plate seating section from two to four rows of padded seating.

Waiting lists will be taken for season tickets in the Diamond Club seats.

Visit the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street or call (778)-265-0327 to purchase season tickets or for more information. You can also email brittany@harbourcats.com for further details, or go to the team website at harbourcats.com .

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