Corvallis Knights outfielder Jordan Qsar of Pepperdine and closer Chase Kaplan of Kansas were both named first-team all-West Coast League. The league’s 2017 all-WCL teams and annual awards were announced Monday morning by WCL president Brian Sloan.
Knights skipper Brooke Knight earned Coach of the Year honors for a league-record fifth time. Knight guided Corvallis to South Division first-half and second half-titles, the league’s top record at 34-20 and the team’s fifth WCL championship. Knight also won Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Qsar and Kaplan are both going to be seniors at their respective schools. Qsar shattered the Knights' single-season doubles (22), home runs (14) and RBIs (53) records. He led the team in WCL batting average (.304) and in walks (27) while playing a solid right field.
Kaplan capped an outstanding three-year career with the Knights by making 16 relief appearances, logging 22⅓ innings pitched, recording a team-leading six saves and going 3-1 while posting a 2.41 ERA this summer. The lefty from Hillsboro struck out 31 and only walked six. He also registered a save in the 2017 WCL All-Star Game.
Two Knights earned second-team all-WCL honors — sophomore-to-be first baseman Dillan Shrum of Nevada and senior-to-be pitcher Jordan Horak of Portland.
Overall, Shrum hit .315 with 14 doubles, seven homers and 33 RBIs. The right-handed slugger led the team in hit by pitches with 18.
Horak went 6-1 to lead the team in win and posted an overall ERA of 3.43 over 12 appearances and eight starts. Horak started Game 1 of the West Coast League Championship Series at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park.
Eleven Corvallis Knights earned all-WCL honorable mention honors, including seven pitchers. Knights honorable mention selections were:
• Cason Cunningham, LHP, Linfield College
• Jacob Fricke, LHP, Western Oregon
• Miles Glazier, LHP, UC Irvine
• Ross Massey, LHP, Tulane
• Hazahel Quijada, LHP, UC Riverside
• Connor Redmond, RHP, Cal Poly
• Trenton Toplikar, RHP, UC Riverside
• Emilio Alcantar, OF, Lewis-Clark State
• Troy Claunch, C, Oregon State
• Matt Kelly, 2B, Portland
• Chad Stevens, SS, Portland