Baseball team announces its 2011 award winners    

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The Irvine Valley baseball team wrapped its 2011 season recently with an end of the year banquet.

The Lasers finished with a 19-17 record overall and a 9-12 mark in the Orange Empire Conference. Several accolades had already rolled in for Laser players. 

Freshman second baseman Scott Kaplan and sophomore pitcher Ryan Goodbrand were each named first team all-conference. 

Goodbrand ended third in the conference in ERA at 2.62 and helped lead the IVC staff to the best ERA in conference at 3.84.

Kaplan, who ranked second in the conference in batting with a .397 average, went on to be selected as a first team All-American. Kaplan, who had a .521 on base percentage and .511 slugging percentage, was just the third IVC player to ever be named All-American.

Coach Kent Madole also handed out several team awards at the squad's banquet. Kaplan earned the Silver Slugger Award. Goodbrand, who went 5-4 and had opposing batters hit just .247 against him, was named the team's Pitcher of the Year.

Sophomore third baseman Micah Gorman was given the Coaches Award for his dedication to IVC baseball and leadership skills. Gorman hit .252 with 16 RBI this past season.

And freshman first baseman Buddy Johns was handed the Hustle Award. Johns, who is headed to West Point in the fall, didn't see any playing time for most of the early part of the season, but that never slowed him down. 

And when he got his chance in the lineup at first base during conference, he was never taken out after that. Johns ended up batting .347 in 21 games, including 17 starts.

Posted by  Nathan Quach  on  6/18/2011
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