The Sunset Baseball League is proud to announce its selections for the 2017 All-League team.
MVP - 1B Phil Steering, Hawaii Hilo
The Lake Forest native was a force to be reckoned with in 2016 and was even more so in 2017. Steering came back to Southern California for the summer with the OC Surf and was sensational leading his team to another SBL Championship. The senior-to-be finished with an amazing .474 BA and .551 OBP. He had 27 hits altogether with 18 runs scored, 15 RBI and three home runs.
3B Wyatt Hoppie, Hawaii Pacific
The senior-to-be was one of the leaders for the SBL champion OC Surf this season and it showed on the field. Hoppie finished with a .368 BA and .435 OBP. He had the second most hits in the league with 43 and the most total bases (70). He finished third in the SBL in RBI (27) and was 10th in runs scored (20). Hoppie also blasted four home runs, second best in the league.
OF Luke Hussung, Orange Coast College
Luke Hussung is another mainstay for the OC Surf's two championship teams. Hussung put up incredible splits of .444 BA/.508 OBP. Hussung belted four home runs, tied for second most in the league. He finished with 24 hits, 17 runs and 12 RBI on the season.
UTL Griffin Hagen, Antelope Valley College
Griffin Hagen was the most accomplished two-way player in the SBL in 2017. The Ventura County Pirate finished with a .378 BA and a .495 OBP. He had 31 base hits (6th), 29 RBI (most) and scored 19 runs. He was also a stellar pitcher logging the most innings in the SBL (43), 2.77 ERA and 30 strike outs (5th).
OF Kobi Allen, University of Pacific
Kobi Allen was the prototypical lead-off hitter for the Ventura County Pirates. He led the league in runs scored (32), was third in hits (40), stole 13 bases (2nd) and knocked in 13 RBI. Allen also finished with a .351 BA and .483 OBP.
OF Darren Kriz, Cal State Monterey Bay
The senior-to-be for the North Division champion Ventura County Pirates was a stalwart in the lineup all season long. Kriz finished with a .338 BA and .423 OBP. Kriz led the league in hits (44), was third in runs scored (27), and ripped in 29 runs, which was the most in the SBL.
OF Ari Gerber, UC Riverside
The Solana Beach Cardinal went .351 BA and had a .436 OBP. He finished with the fourth most hits in the league (33) for the South Division champs. He finished fourth in runs scored (25), batted in 17 RBI and stole 12 bases (3rd).
MI Jake Singer, Notre Dame
The big bat in the Cardinals lineup provided offense time and time again for the South Division champs. Singer finished with a .321 BA and .427 OBP. He had 26 hits, belted 20 RBI (6th), scored 22 runs (7th) and cracked four home runs (2nd).
UTL Matt Manskar, Cal Poly Pomona
The Inland Valley Pirate led the way for his team with a .420 BA and .517 OBP. He finished with 21 base hits, 11 RBI and scored 11 runs on the season.
OF Brandon Chandler, Avila University
The senior-to-be was the key cog in the South Bay Sparrows offense. Chandler finished with a .345 BA and a .413 OBP. He had 19 hits, 16 RBI and scored 12 runs on the season.
C Michael Borg, Concordia University
Michael Borg of the OC Orioles boasted a .373 BA and .425 OBP in 2017. He finished with 25 hits, scored 14 runs and knocked in 9 RBI.
Pitcher of the Year - Robert Stowell, Cal State Los Angeles
Stowell was the ace of the Ventura County staff. He struck out 32 (2nd), tossed 42.1 innings (2nd), earned four wins (most), 1.04 WHIP (best among qualified) and a microscopic 1.16 ERA.
Daniel Rubio, Friends University
Rubio hurled 30 innings this season for the South Bay Sparrows and dazzled with 1.63 ERA and league leading 33 strike outs.
Andrew Brown, Pomona Pitzer
Brown was another stalwart in the South Bay staff. He pitched 24 innings this season with a 1.75 ERA and 12 strike outs.
Ryan Semon, Palomar College
Semon was the best pitcher on the Solana Beach Cardinals in 2017. He pitched 24.1 innings, struck out 24 and had a 1.73 ERA.
Stephen Knapp, Golden West College
The OC Surf pitcher was huge in the playoff run. Knapp threw 24.2 innings, had a 1.14 ERA and struck out 20.
Cade Kirkemo, Cal Poly Pomona
Kirkemo led the way for the Inland Valley Pirates. He tossed 36 innings (4th), struck out 31 (4th) and finished with a 2.92 ERA.
Other SBL leaders on the season included the OC Surf's Cooper Moore, who blasted seven home runs. Ventura County's Dylan Ross tied for the most wins with four. Kyle Soberano of the Ventura County Pirates stole 14 bases.
*In determining position players, a 50 at-bat minimum was a requirement.
*In determining pitchers, a 20 inning minimum was a requirement.